Food festivals are popping up everywhere these days. Even my hometown of Thame has succumbed to foodie fever and has just hosted it’s 6th food festival. Up until now I am sad to say I have not been to its previous food festivals as I was always back at uni by the time they were held, but I had always heard good things about them. Needless to say I was eager to see what all the excitement was about.
Stalls lined the high street selling everything imaginable – cakes, cheeses, chutneys, curry, champagne, cordial, slow roast lamb, pulled pork, pizza, scotch eggs, the list was endless.
I have never seen the town so packed with such a buzz to it.
After meandering from stall to stall, checking out what was on offer and tasting chunks of cheese and shots of champagne, the question came down as to what to eat? When there was so much to choose from? After snacking on a chilli, coriander and lime scotch egg, my friend Maisie and I settled on the slow roast pulled lamb and salsa verde bap served by Ross and Ross food.
We couldn’t resist the smell, you could smell the lamb long before you were near the stall, and the queue was one of the longest, always a good sign!
And it didn’t disappoint, it tasted delicious!!! The look on Maisie’s face says it all! The sharp vinegar tang of the salsa verde complimented the melt-in-the-mouth lamb perfectly.
Norfolk cordial sold us three of their gorgeous, bejewelled bottles of cordial. After tasting the majority of the flavours we settled on the redcurrant and grapefruit which we were told tastes fantastic in a gin and tonic, and the rhubarb, orange and ginger which is lovely in a glass of prosecco. Of course they taste great just made up with water as a refreshing, fruity drink but it was definitely the idea of mixing them with alcohol that sold it us !
Amongst the stalls were two theatre tents where local and well known chefs did cookery demos.
The most popular, it has to be said, was Raymond Blanc from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons who charmed the large crowd as he demonstrated some French classics; moules marinières, steak and sauté potatoes and his twist on a crumble. The above picture shows the number of people milling around waiting to see the famous Frenchman do what he does best!
The day was brilliantly organised, it was a fun, free day out for all! I came home with a few goodies and a very satisfied tummy! Bravo Thame!