Crowds expected to flock to Oundle Food Festival

Organiser Alison Newcomb and founder of The Small Bread Company Fi Smallbridge

Organiser Alison Newcomb and founder of The Small Bread Company Fi Smallbridge

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Thousands of people are expected to flock to Oundle this weekend for the town’s annual food festival.

Dozens of stalls in the street market will offer foodies and more casual browsers alike a tempting range of produce in a day of events in the town centre on Saturday, July 5, as the town’s annual festival season gets under way.

Food festival founder and organiser Alison Newcomb said the event – now in its fifth year – was a fitting match for the town itself, which is renowned for its range of independent shops.

She added: “The festival is a nice day out. It’s different from other food markets and festivals because it’s less commercial. It’s very intimate.

“It’s nicely busy. It’s not that you can’t move but it’s busy enough.

“There are more than 70 stalls – everything from gin to charcuterie.”

Visitors to the festival will be able to take advantage of a free park and ride scheme operating from Prince William School in Herne Road.

Among the events taking place on Saturday are two workshops being taken by Australian baker Dan Lepard, for which tickets are still available.

The food festival kicks off a fortnight of events in the market town including the Oundle Fringe and the international music festival.

For more information on the food festival, including how to snap up tickets for the workshops and details of the park and ride, log on to www. There are also other websites for the town’s other festivals.