Food festival for all tastes
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.thamefoodfestival.co.uk.
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.thamefoodfestival.co.uk.
Hornby’s Victoria sponge