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Banbury’s Food and Drink Festival on Sunday August 18 will be a mouth-watering experience with more than a hundred stalls offering delicacies made locally but with flavours from around the world.
The town’s Market Place will overflow with tasty treats of many cultures – and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Levi Roots and by Banbury Cookery School will be highlights of the free-to-enter event.
Levi brings the sunshine of the Caribbean to his food and promotes the tastes of his Jamaican heritage.
He first hit the headlines with his Reggae Reggae Sauce – a mix of barbecue and jerk sauce that became Sainsbury’s fastest-ever selling product. His BBC 2 show, Caribbean Food Made Easy, brought him national stardom.
Banbury Cookery School specialises in cooking parties, classes, courses, lessons and demonstrations for children, teenagers and adults. Owner Ilja Harvey studied and qualified in catering at the North Oxfordshire College before going on to work as a chef and then executive chef for two pub/restaurants.
The food fair will run from 10.30am until 4.30pm though most stalls will be open for business before the official start time.
Many traders will have free samples so that shoppers can taste before they buy and al fresco dining will again be popular with many families.
“The Food Fair is one of Banbury’s most popular events and attracts thousands of people every year.
“It celebrates everything good about food and drink and is an opportunity for people to try something different.”
Banbury’s Flower and Produce Show – which gives local amateur growers and producers the chance to shine – will run alongside the Food Fair.
Gardeners, cooks and preserve-makers will enter fruit, vegetables, flowers, jams, cakes etc into seven categories and 100 classes. Crafters, photographers and children will have their own categories.
After the judges have finished their work, the entries will go on public display.
Closing date for entry forms is Thursday 15 August. Further information from Banbury Town Council on or by calling 01295 250340.
The Flower and Produce Show marquee is free to enter and the event will again be sponsored by former Banbury mayor and businesswoman Rosemarie Higham Stevens.
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