Pictures from fabulous Oundle Food Festival

Photos by Matt Wright

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

Dan Lepard (left) with Spencer Craven of Claybrooke Mill

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

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.