FESTIVAL COULD BE PERFECT DAY OUT
What can be more enjoyable than a food festival? Tempting treats to try as you wander around the town as Jo-Anne Rowney gets a flavour of what’s on offer
THIS year’s Thame Food Festival is set to be the tastiest yet with a veritable feast of good things to eat and drink as well as ideas and inspiration a-plenty for foodies everywhere.
Wander through the picturesque streets of this historic market town and you’ll find delicious new ingredients to cook with, refreshing new drinks to quench your thirst and fantastic new dishes from well-known chefs.
The festival takes place from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, September 27, in the heart of Thame town centre.
Take in some of the fabulous cookery demonstrations in the AGA-sponsored kitchen, which is near the AGA Showroom on Upper High
There’s a superb line-up of national and local Michelin-starred chefs, including Raymond Blanc, Adam
Simmonds, Sophie Grigson and a brilliant double act from the boy who bakes, Edd Kimber, and John Waite, winners of BBC Two’s Great British Bake Off.
The Six Bells is turning up the heat to cook dishes on three giant-size coal barbecues.
Join them for devilishly good burgers cooked to perfection and served with lashings of the chef’s special Black Jack BBQ sauce, which is made to a secret recipe with ingredients including Jack Daniel’s and coffee grounds, or tuck into one of their signature chicken sandwiches.
Why not linger a while and watch the chefs in action as they show you how to barbecue to perfection? You’re bound to pick up some expert tips that you’ll find handy for putting into practice at home.
Sensational summer snacking
Joe and Seph’s produces handmade popcorn made by its pastry chefs in London, and now boasts more than 40 fantastic flavours to choose from, including 11 Great Taste Gold Award Wins.
They make the finest air-popped mushroom corn, coated in natural ingredients.
Be one of the first to tuck into some of their fresh new flavours for summer. Munch on the exciting new alcoholic cocktail popcorn range, featuring Zingy Margarita, Refreshing Mojito and Fruity Cosmopolitan, all made with five per cent real spirit.
Pull up a chair in the festival’s pop-up pub area and enjoy a perfectly chilled Neubourg as you take a well-earned breather. It’s one of only
a few lager beers in Europe that has not been pasteurised, meaning it’s 100 per cent natural pilsner. It’s also a pilsner with character that’s perfect for the connoisseur.
The Mortimer Chocolate Company is famed for its fabulous chocolate for hot chocolate, cooking and fondues. This year Mortimer is launching the new Mortimer Chocolate Recipe Book, which chocolate lovers can download for free from iTunes.
Visitors can also take part in a competition to win a delectable box bursting with chocolate goodies on the day.
Tom Kerridge, chef at the Hand and Flowers, Marlow, burgers and yummy sweet treats all went down well at last year’s festival