21/09/12....Treat your taste buds at Thame Food Festival -
NEXT Saturday, September 29, is set to be a major landmark in the history of Thame Food Festival 2012. With the closure of roads in the centre of the town for the first time and a vastly expanded area for the 100 plus stallholders - a festival record - this fifth festival has an amazing line-up of events, exhibitors and celebrity chefs.
Appearing live and performing fantastic mouth-watering and audience enticing demos in the Cookery Theatre are the following food ‘super stars’:-
Appetizers: Beverley Glock of Splat Cooking (on stage 10am)
Starters: Laurie Gear, patron and chef of The Artichoke restaurant in Amersham (10.45am) and Adam Simmonds of restaurant Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House, Marlow (11.30am)
Main Courses: Steve Love and Ian Craddock from headline sponsors, McCormick UK, the home of Schwartz herbs, spices and seasonings (12.15pm) and Raymond Blanc OBE, festival ambassador, with Kush from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the BBC’s ‘Very Hungry Frenchman’ (13.00)
Dish of the Day: Festival patron, Lotte Duncan (13.45)
More Mains: Marcus Bean of The New Inn in Baschurch, Shropshire (14.30) and festival regulars Katie & Giancarlo Caldesi of Caldesi in Campagna, Bray and Caffe Caldesi and La Cucina Caldesi in central London (15.15)
Dessert: Nigel Rumsey of Rumsey’s Chocolateries in Thame & Wendover (16.00)
Followed by: The Big Cook Off Mark & Adam from The Raymond Blanc Cookery School v Harding’s Restaurant at Aylesbury College (16.30)
This awe inspiring line-up of cookery performers is followed at approx 17.30 by the Raffle draw featuring some amazing prizes, including the set of Raymond Blanc by Anolon Professional Cookware used on the day in the Cookery Theatre, a one day course worth £365 at The Raymond Blanc Cookery School and a sophisticated Fortnum & Mason hamper full of gastronomic delights.
Events include book signings by Raymond Blanc, a make- your-own Thame Tart competition, winner to be judged by Lotte Duncan; More chef demos, including Geoff Coleman of Cornfield Bakery and Sainsbury’s, and book signings at the Thame AGA Shop including Dale Pinnock and his book ‘The Clear Skin Cookbook’ and Lucy Young with ‘Mary Berry & Lucy Young Cook Up a Feast’.
The festival will feature a Pop-up Pub run by Frazer Sutherland of The Thatch and James Figg free house in Thame, ‘Sausage Making’ run by The Thatch kitchen team, a talk on Artisan Ales and Wine Tasting for Beginners in The Stables of the James Figg by Susanna Forbes of DrinkBritain.com, and a host of offerings from The Spread Eagle Hotel including posh kebabs and Cream Teas.
Local Thame business, Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, will be running Chocolate Lollipop Making for kids and there will be a must-see Smoothie Bike for children at the Town Hall. In the upper chamber of the Town Hall Beverley Glock will be running Whizz Bang Food – molecular gastronomy and food science classes for children.
And not forgetting the return from last year of the festival's ever popular compere Jams Davies, the Thame Town Crier, live music from musicians in the Pop-up Pub, Radio Oxford broadcasting live, and Thame Concert Band in Montesson Square.
In excess of a record-breaking 100 stalls will be attending, showcasing their fabulous food and drink produce and take away food. There will be a chance to talk to the producers and retailers as you shop, and to share their incredible passion for producing and selling wonderful artisan food and drink.
The festival will take place in the centre of the historic and beautiful market town of Thame from 9am onwards.
See the full list of stallholders for the festival with links on the website:www.thamefoodfestival.co.uk/article/stallholder-list
Sponsors of the Thame Food Festival are headline sponsor, McCormick UK, South Oxfordshire District Council, Rectory Homes, Aga, Sainsbury’s, and The Thatch and The James Figg free house.
Thame Food Festival is all set to be a fantastic, free, fun packed, family day of food!