Rayond Blanc is back for festival

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Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc will be giving a demonstration and signing copies of his cookbooks at next month’s Thame Food Festival.

The popular event takes place in the town centre. Other highlights include a bicycle-powered smoothie-making machine, wine tasting and cocktail making sessions, a sausage making demonstration and a food science class for children.

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Along with all the on-stage cookery lessons and competitions throughout the day, there will also be a live music marquee to keep the crowds entertained.

This year more than 100 stalls have registered to take part, which is a 50% increase on last time.

Visitors will have the chance to sample a variety of paellas, chocolates, cheeses, wines and oysters.

Festival organiser Alison Isherwood said: “This is a real testament to the growing renown of Thame Food Festival as a very high quality food event.

“It is becoming an important date in many peoples’ calendar.

“Sometimes I look at the long list of stallholders and have to pinch myself to believe that we have so many exhibitors.”

Festival patron Lotte Duncan, from Lotte’s Kitchen in Chinnor, said: “We are just so lucky to have all these fabulous people wanting to come to our festival.

“Everyone has a local connection and the quality of those wanting to take part and be involved is staggering.”

Festival ambassador and Oxfordshire-based chef Raymond Blanc will be signing copies of his cookery books at the Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons stall.

Blanc will also perform a cooking demonstration in the cookery theatre and is expected to do the shopping for the cook-off between The Raymond Blanc Cookery School and Harding’s Restaurant at Aylesbury College.

Across the town lots of venues are getting involved. The James Figg pub will have wine tasting and sausage making sessions.

There will be talks in the AGA shop and cream teas and posh kebabs served at The Spread Eagle Hotel, which also boasts crepe and cocktail making demos.

Princes Risborough-based children’s cooking author Beverley Glock will be hosting sessions for children at Thame Town Hall.

The festival takes place on September 29.

For more details visit www.thamefoodfestival.co.uk