Food fes­ti­val for all tastes

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HEAD to The Thame Food Fes­ti­val on Satur­day Septem­ber 26 and not only will you wit­ness a stel­lar line-up of food­ies like Ray­mond Blanc, So­phie Grig­son, Richard Bertinet and BBC One's MasterChef win­ner 2013 Natalie Coleman in ac­tion, you'll also get the chance to rise to the oc­ca­sion and show off your own bak­ing tal­ent.

The eighth food fes­ti­val hosted by the his­toric mar­ket town of Thame is a high­light in the food cal­en­dar, with more than 200 stalls of good lo­cal and ar­ti­san food and drink, mainly from within a 30 mile ra­dius of the town, www.thame­food­fes­ti­

New for this year is the Big Thame Bake, the fes­ti­val's first ever bak­ing chal­lenge in aid of good lo­cal causes which is now look­ing for en­tries.

Whether you're pas­sion­ate about pas­try or love bak­ing bread, it's your op­por­tu­nity to put your cre­ativ­ity to the test.

There are plenty of cat­e­gories to charge your imag­i­na­tion, what­ever your bak­ing skill or age, with fan­tas­tic prizes up for grabs as well as the chance to meet some of the big­gest names from the world of bak­ing in­clud­ing Great Bri­tish Bake Off Win­ner 2013 Frances Quinn, Luis Troyano, Mi­randa Gore-Browne and Howard Mid­dle­ton along­side patis­serie leg­end Benoit Blin from Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons.

“With the launch of the Big Thame Bake, we're throw­ing down the oven glove to bak­ers ev­ery­where,” said food writer and Big Thame Bake or­gan­iser Jane Hornby.

“We've come up with ten great cat­e­gories to stretch your abil­i­ties and give you the chance to show us what you can do, whether you're an en­thu­si­as­tic be­gin­ner or ex­pert home baker.

“En­ter as many cat­e­gories as you like and bring your cre­ation to Thame Town Hall on the big day.”

Away from the ex­cite­ment of the Big Thame Bake, there will be cook­ery demos tak­ing place through­out the day, in­clud­ing the first just for chil­dren by BBC One's MasterChef win­ner 2013 Natalie Coleman, who has re­cently taken up the role of Am­bas­sador of Cen­tral Street Cook­ery School at St Luke's Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Lon­don. Natalie will be get­ting young food­ies fired up about cook­ing and try­ing new foods.

Ray­mond Blanc, Richard Bertinet and hus­band and wife duo Gian­carlo and Katie Caldesi will also be tak­ing to the demo stage, along with a dou­ble act in the af­ter­noon from Luis Troyano and Mi­randa Gore-Browne.

Food fes­ti­val pa­tron Lotte Dun­can will put many of them through their paces on the in­ter­view stage af­ter­wards.

Visi­tors will be able to meet the celebrity chefs in the pop-up book shop and re­stock their cook­ery book li­brary at the same time, as well as en­joy a fan­tas­tic free foodie day out for all the fam­ily.

“The Thame Food Fes­ti­val is truly one of the land­mark events in the food cal­en­dar which just gets bet­ter each year,” said fes­ti­val pa­tron Lotte Dun­can. “It's a day ded­i­cated to good lo­cal food and drink with in­spi­ra­tional talks and cook­ery demos, the pick of the re­gion's pro­duc­ers, au­then­tic street food and live mu­sic – all the in­gre­di­ents for a bril­liant day out. Don't miss it.”

The Thame Food Fes­ti­val takes place from 9am to 5pm on Satur­day Septem­ber 26 in the heart of Thame town cen­tre. For more in­for­ma­tion, to book any of the spe­cial fes­ti­val events and to sign up for the Big Thame Bake, visit www.thame­food­fes­ti­

Jane Hornby

Hornby’s Vic­to­ria sponge

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