Food lovers delight as festival date announced

Oundle will host a food festival in July
Oundle will host a food festival in July

A food festival that has been described as the better than the BBC Good Food Show is back.

Oundle Food Festival will be held in the town on Saturday, July 5, from 8.30am to 4.30pm. One of last year’s stallholders, Squisito, told the organisers after last year’s event: “You have every reason to be proud of what you achieved on Saturday - 10 times better than the BBC Good Food Show. In short, a genuine alternative to Abergavenny in the East Midlands, which we always say is the rock ‘n roll of food festivals.”

And the organisers are confident that the 2014 Festival will beat all previous records for bringing visitors to the town to sample the huge range of food and food-related goods on offer. On the day, the whole of Oundle town centre will be closed to traffic, and about 7,000 people are expected to visit the street market.

There will be about 70 stalls from a range of producers, giving people the chance to reconnect with their food - tasting it as it really should be, and meeting the people who grow, nurture and produce it. In addition there will be all kinds of events taking place in Oundle and surrounding villages during the week. Master baker Dan Lepard will be returning by popular demand; a host of cookery demonstrations and masterclasses will take place in The Small Bread Company’s new cookery school, and there will be lots of children’s activities at Barnwell Country Park.

The Food Festival is one of three festivals taking place in Oundle during the festival fortnight from July 5 to 20. Street theatre and the Fringe Festival will add to the carnival atmosphere at the market on the day. And this year Oundle International Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a mix of classical music, opera and theatre for both adults and children in venues in and around the town.

As founder and organiser of the Oundle Food Festival, Alison Newcomb, said: “We are fast becoming an established ‘must’ in the annual diary of such events, and a big draw for people from all over the area – not to be missed.”

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