Thame Food Festival 2015
Fantastic handmade popcorn...
Visitors to Oxfordshire’s Thame Food festival on Saturday 26 September can sail into town on a traditional London Routemaster bus and make their way from one end of the High Street to the other as the festival takes over the whole of Thame. Shop for local produce including charcuterie, cakes and cheeses; enjoy the hot street food stalls and see the chefs in action on the live demo and interview stages, hosted by festival patron TV chef and writer Lotte Duncan. Raymond Blanc’s right hand men from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Adam Johnson, Mark Peregrine and Benoit Blin, will also be out in force on the day.
A first for this year is the Thame Bake Tent, where home bakers of all ages can put their baking skills to the test and battle it out to be named the festival’s best.
Local cookery writer Jane Hornby, BBC Good Food Magazine columnist, baking author and Women’s Institute Cookery School tutor, will put bakers through their paces on the day, alongside Great British Bake Off Winner 2013 Frances Quinn
They will be joined by bake-off celebrities numbering Miranda Gore Browne and Luis Troyano plus local cake making and decorating experts Jenny Walker and Norma Laver from Thame’s Piece of Cake to decide who is crowned the winner. Afterwards there will be cake decorating master classes to enjoy along with reviving cups of tea and delectable cakes in a vintage pop-up tea shop. Other features for this September include a Belazu pop-up restaurant serving authentic Mediterranean food in Christchurch in the Upper High Street, with all proceeds being shared between the Belazu Foundation, which supports schools in Morocco and the Isis School in Oxford, and the Thame Food Festival itself, plus the event’s annual cook-off between the Raymond Blanc Cookery School and Aylesbury College. Joe & Seph’s, stalwarts of the event will also be making a welcome come-back with their fantastic handmade popcorn. This year’s festival also features a packed calendar of foodie events in the run up to the day, starting with a Seasonal Spring Supper Club at Sandy Lane Farm in nearby Tiddington, where Charles Bennett and his son George grow organic vegetables and rear pigs and lamb on their traditional family small-holding. Their freshest produce will be used to rustle up a delicious supper with wines chosen to match, to be served on one night only on Friday 15 May.
There will also be a chance to take in the glorious gardens at Raymond Blanc’s fabulous Oxfordshire country house hotel, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons on Wednesday 1 July when the two-starred Michelin restaurant serves up a special visit and lunch in support of the food festival. Walk through the inspiring two acre plot with the expert gardeners at your side, admiring the tranquil Japanese tea garden, the elegant English water garden and the extensive vegetable and herb gardens before a four course lunch with selected wines in the unforgettable setting of La Belle Époque private dining room, for an exclusive price of £195 a person. The Thame Food Festival takes place from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the heart of Thame town centre.