Foodie heaven at the annual festival

A food demonstration at last year's festival
A food demonstration at last year's festival

A day long celebration of good food and drink is on the calendar at the end of this month. Thame Food Festival is now an annual event in the food calendar with celebrity and local chefs wowing visitors with cookery demonstrations, a wide selection of food and drink to try and to buy, amazing street food and live entertainment.

Among the chefs on stage this year are festival ambassador Raymond Blanc OBE and two winners from BBC television’s popular British Bake Off, writes Heather Jan Brunt.

Edd Kimber, 2010 winner, will be teaming up with John Whaite, 2012 winner, to do a fabulous double act as well as book signings.

Local food writer and broadcaster Sophie Grigson will also take centre stage in the cookery theatre.

The festival takes place on Saturday September 27 from 9am to 5pm and the entire town centre will be closed to make way for the array of food and drink producers.

Traditional London Routemaster buses will ferry visitors into town from the nearby park and ride.

And some passengers may even find themselves being chauffeured by festival compere, BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce.

Once again there will be a pop up pub, The Thatch and The James Figg will be serving locally brewed ales and refreshing ciders, and a pop- up book shop will enable visitors to pick up all the latest cookery books.

Festival patron, tv chef and writer Lotte Duncan said: “We’ve got some thrilling demos planned on stage as well as workshops to educate and entertain, not to mention over 150 stalls laden with incredible locally produced goodies and tempting street food to match.”

There will be a chance to try sausage making or Italian cookery at one of the many hands on work shops, which include sessions for teenagers and young foodies as well as anyone seeking inspiration from their kitchen cupboard.

Visitors can learn how to bake perfect loaves of bread and become proficient at wine tasting. Sessions run all day at a number of locations and can be booked in advance on www.thamefestival.co.uk

The Vale Brewery in Brill and Aylesbury Brewhouse Co have a joint stand at the festival, where visitors can enter a competition to win the chance to be a brewer for the day. The prize winner will go behind the scenes and spend a day with brewer Hayden Overton, make their own beer, learn the tricks of the trade, have lunch and take a tipple home with them.

So if you love good food and drink, pop the festival date in your diary!