A Lotte to look forward to at Thame Food Festival ...

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THE fifth food festival in Thame has been given the go-ahead to take place this year, thanks to a bumper sponsorship deal.

Lotte Duncan, TV chef, writer, broadcaster and patron of Thame Food Festival, said: “We are delighted to announce that headline sponsor McCormick Schwartz has agreed a two-year sponsorship deal with Thame Food Festival that guarantees its future.

“It is a fabulous endorsement for this wonderful regional celebration of artisan local food and drink produce, local food producers and local food retailers.

“The exciting list of mouth watering events and star names is now being finalised.

“Those already confirmed include Adam and Kush from the BBC’s Very Hungry Frenchman and festival supporter Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons; chefs Adam Simmonds of Danesfield House and keen festival regulars Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi.

“All will be performing demos in the festival kitchen.

“Please look out for big star names that will make this year’s event even bigger and better than last year.”

The 2011 festival saw more than 60 stall holders and crowds of 10-15,000 people descend on Thame to enjoy a fantastic free and fun-packed family day of food.