Pictures from fabulous Oundle Food Festival
It poured down for most of the day but that didn’t dampen spirits or seem to have much impact on the numbers of food-lovers who visited Oundle Food Festival on July 16.
In addition to the 30 or stalls that set up shop in the Northamptonshire town’s market place (including a Great Food magazine stand), one of the many highlights of the day was Dan Lepard’s bakery demonstrations in the town hall, which were well attended.
“Absolutely brilliant,” said Sally Craven of Claybrooke Magna, Leicestershire, after watching the Guardian writer’s sourdough loaf making demo. “I’ve learnt so much and can’t wait to put what Dan showed me into action at home.”
Dan Lepard’s bread making demo
There were also sausage making demonstrations by Alex Chambers of Squisito, sushi making lessons by Ginko Sushi and talks by several foodie luminaries, including Arthur Potts Dawson, founder of The People’s Supermarket.
Despite the weather, all the stall holders we spoke to did brisk trade and met lots of new customers.
Congratulations to Alison Newcomb, the woman behind the food festival, who has built a very special event – it is undoubtedly one of the best food festivals that the region has to offer. And thanks to the people of Oundle for braving the weather and supporting the local producers!
A full report from the day, along with a local loaf recipe by Dan Lepard, will appear in Issue 8 of Great Food Magazine, out on September 6. For Great Food’s full food and drink events diary, click here.
More photos from the day…
Top left are (left t0 right): Harriet Palmer, Charlie Palmer, Tom Franklin (restaurant manager) and Haydn Laidlow (head chef) of Oundle’s Chapel Bar and Dining Room.
Brigitte Dijksterhuis of Kingsthorpe Farm, Polebrook
Thomas (left) and Simon Dale of Jollydale Cyder, Stamford
Mary Cresswell of Pudding & Pie, Kings Cliffe
Les Green, who runs The Fudge Factory, Deeping St James
Alan Byham of Amps Fine Wines, Oundle
Gail Ball, Nick Ball (centre) and Jay Bryers of Fosse Meadows Farm, Lutterworth
James (left) and David Fisher of Watergull Orchards of Wisbech
Joanna Brand (left), Luke and Ruth Phipps of Phipps Honey, Leighton Bromswold
Shawn Plumb of Edible Ornamentals, Chawston
Terry Smith of Smith’s Smokery, Friskney
Five String Thing provided the music
Lisa Caswell of Cupcake Envy, Peterborough
Steve Cooper and Will Evans of Duck Fat Roasties, Nottingham
Philippa Maffioli, wife of Great Food publisher Matt Wright
Great Food Magazine’s Matt Wright with Dan Lepard
Claybrooke Miller Spencer Craven’s daughter with one of Dan Lepard’s loaves, made with flour milled by her dad!
Peter and Caroline Anstee of Montagu Hampers
Chris Seagon of Laurel Farm Herbs, Saxmundham