Pics from a bustling Oundle Food Festival

Published July 23, 2012

Oundle Food Festival took place on Saturday July 21 and, unlike last year when it rained all day, the sun put its hat on and partied.

There was a fabulous array of stallholders (including us – Great Food Magazine and Club), all selling a varied selection of local food and drink. The atmosphere was wonderful – locals flocked to Oundle’s marketplace – and many stallholders had sold out by midday.

In the town hall, a series of events were held, including a lively debate on current issues in the food industry, chaired by BBC presenter Sue MacGregor.

We said it last year and we’ll say it again, this compact, intelligently run, varied food festival is one of the very best in the region. Congratulations to organiser Alison Newcomb.

Here are our pictures…

(Above left image by Will Neale)

One of the region’s newest breweries, Nene Valley based in Oundle, sold out of three varieties of real ale

The Squisito stand

There was music and dancing all day, with sounds from Five String Thing

Ross Whitmill and Ross Bearman from Cotswolds-based Ross & Ross Food

Not to be eaten lightly

Steven Burrell (centre), gardener at Cornwall’s Eden Project, handed out cress seeds to children and also took part in The Food Debate

Shawn Plumb, co-founder of Bedfordshire’s Edible Ornamentals chilli farm

Dick Simpson and David Burnett of Nene Valley Brewery. The third person involved in the business is Rupert Farnsworth

George Adams and Alisa Clarke were looking after the stand of Spalding-based pork pie maker Adams & Harlow

Simon Cadge and Gerda Koedijk are the new licensees of the beautiful Pheasant at Keyston

Ice cream sold like hot cakes

Simon Hopper, delivery driver for Boston’s Woodlands Organic Farm, which runs a local veg box delivery scheme

The stand of Essex-based Mrs Sippi flavoured liquers

Oundle’s Market Place was busy all day

Lucy Cufflin (left) and Lucy Lee-Tirrell of Leicester’s Lucy’s Food

Some of Lucy’s rocky road. The Turkish Delight variety is especially delicious

Mary Davenport shows off some Cote Hill Cheese, made on her family farm near Market Rasen, Lincs

Andrew Morgan was promoting his new mainly online business, The Ale Room

Jars of boozy jelly made by Wine Jellar

The Wine Jellar is run by Colin Astley

Great Food contributor Mark Hughes of Gourmet Spice Co was selling his spices, oils and vinegars

Tessa McCourt cooking on the Northfield Farm trailer

Becky Andrew, founder of Cookie Box, was selling an array of cakes, cookies and puds

Belleau Smokery

Cambridgeshire’s Phipps Honey

Paul Richardson, Lisa Glover and Rufus Harper from restaurant Oundle Mill

English Whisky distilled in Norfolk was just one of the products on sale on the Amps Fine Wines stand

Brigitte Dijksterhuis of Kingsthorpe Farm, Polebrook, enjoys a well-earned Pimm’s

The Great Food stand, where we were promoting the now-free-to-join Great Food Club


Oundle Food Festival website.


The author:

Matt lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He is passionate about the independent food & drink sector and founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town.