There are less than 10 days to go before the first ever Witney Festival of Food and Drink, takes place in and around St. Mary’s Church, Church Green, at the heart of the historic wool town of Witney, Oxfordshire on Saturday, May 18th 2013, from 9.30am to 5.00pm. The festival will be opened at 10.00am by the well known comedian and television presenter, Alexander Armstrong.
There is an up to the minute festival web site www.witneyfoodfestival.co.uk for all the information needed about the stalls, programme of events and visitor information.
As well as over forty stalls from which to taste and buy local food and drink, there will be food related talks by, amongst others, restaurateur and head of the government’s school food plan, Henry Dimbleby and cookery demonstrations by some of our fabulous exhibitors as well as the Ravenous Rector, St. Mary’s own Toby Wright. Tickets for all the demonstrations are currently available to purchase either from local outlets (see the website) or on the day. Talks are free to attend and are not ticketed.
Since first coming up with the idea of a local food and drink festival, the festival co-ordinator Elpie Lewis, has been amazed and delighted by the number of local farmers, producers, retailers and businesses that have come on board. “We now have over forty stalls and four major sponsors. We have had a level of support and enthusiasm that we could never have imagined possible in our first year” says Elpie Lewis. Chris Keating of the local Wychwood Brewery said, “It is the type of event that Witney should have had years ago”.
The aim of the festival is to celebrate and showcase local producers, including farmers, butchers, bakers, brewers and cooks, to promote the abundance of high-quality food and drink produced in our area and to support local growers and producers in very challenging times when the provenance of our food is more important than ever.
For more information on Alexander Armstong, Henry Dimbleby, Toby Wright (aka the Ravenous Rector) and all the festival participants please refer to our web site www.witneyfoodfestival.co.uk or contact: Elpie Lewis
Tel: 01993 703070