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

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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.

Cook­ery demos

Take in some of the fab­u­lous cook­ery demon­stra­tions in the AGA-spon­sored kitchen, which is near the AGA Show­room on Up­per High

Street.

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.

Bar­be­cue mas­tery

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.

Per­fectly chilled

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.

Sweet treats

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

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