2018 Food Fair

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It was eat, drink and be merry in Banbury Market Place on Sunday 19th August, as thousands of people tucked into food with a difference and supped their favourite tipples.

The town’s annual Food Fair saw more than a hundred stalls stacked high with delicacies – made by local producers but with flavours from around the world.

Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli toured the stalls with town mayor Shaida Hussain and liked what he saw.

He said: “There is a real buzz about this food fair. There is an atmosphere that you don’t find in many places, and this lovely old market square is a wonderful setting.

“I am impressed by the traders. They are very knowledgeable about their products and I’ve come here today and learned new things.”

Shoppers went home with new foodie ideas after attending ‘full-house’ cookery demonstrations by Jean-Christophe and other well-known chefs.

Steve Fowell (known as the school chef), Andrew Scott (from TV’s Great British Menu), and Nick Bennett (a finalist BBC2's MasterChef), also demonstrated their skills.

Young visitors were catered for at KidzKitchen where they created their own food.

Cllr Hussain said: “The food fair was a great place for discovering new things to eat and drink. I joined thousands of people sampling and buying goodies we hadn’t tried before.  I had a great day and went way over my intended budget.”


Food Fair 2017


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Visitors to Banbury Food Fair on Sunday enjoyed a true feast of food and drink from around the country.

More than a hundred stalls provided delicacies and specialities from countries far and wide – with plenty of traditional British fare also on offer.

Many people went home with new recipe ideas after attending cookery demonstrations by this year’s celebrity chefs. TV cook Rosemary Shrager amazed watchers with her culinary skills.

She is best known for TV programmes such as Ladette to Lady, Rosemary Shrager's School for Cooks, The Real Marigold Hotel and The Real Marigold on Tour and most recently The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Rosemary proved she was a versatile chef who loves talking about food almost as much as she loves cooking. Rosemary was joined by fellow TV experts Andrew Scott, Nick Bennett and Saira Hamilton. Andrew achieved a life-long dream in 2016 by taking part in the Great British Menu, Nick reached the finals of BBC2's MasterChef the Professionals in 2015, and Saira is a chef, food presenter, author and a MasterChef finalist in 2013

The event, organised by Banbury Town Council, saw thousands brpwse, sample and puchase their way around the town centre throughout the day. Many enjoyed the wonderful community atmosphere the event brings.

Banbury’s popular Flower and Produce Show ran alongside the Food Fair. Local growers and producers entered fruit, vegetables, flowers, jams, cakes etc into six categories and 93 classes. Crafters and children had their own categories.

After the judges had done their work, the entries went on public display and hundreds of visitors marvelled at the quality of the entries.

The Flower and Produce Show was again sponsored by former mayor, councillor and businesswoman Rosemarie Higham Stevens. She said: “I am always amazed by the high quality of the entries. The show is something I look forward to and I am never disappointed by the skill, imagination and technique of local gardeners, flower arrangers, produce makers, and crafters. The children’s entries are truly wonderful. Long may the show continue.”

 

Food Fair 2016


Banbury Food Fair 2016 from Banbury Town Council on Vimeo.

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A huge thank you to all traders who supported another successful Banbury Food Fair.

Banbury Food Fair on Sunday was a mouth-watering experience for the thousands of visitors who packed into the town’s market place where more than a hundred stalls provided tastes and flavours from around the world.

Hot and cold food and drink was available in many styles – including English, Thai, Caribbean, Italian, Spanish, Indian and others.

Alfresco Sunday lunches were popular with men, women and children of all ages – and top TV chefs were on hand to give cooking demonstrations that put new ideas into family eating.

Restauranteur Jean-Christophe Novelli, who specialises in French-style Mediterranean food, was top of the bill – and he was joined by Andrew Scott and Nick Bennett from television’s Masterchef The Professionals.

Anita Chipalkatty, who teaches Indian-style cookery, showed how to prepare her favourite foods.

Banbury’s Flower and Produce Show ran alongside the food fair and gardeners, cooks, and flower arrangers were able to showcase their fruit, vegetables, blooms, jams, cakes and other items.

Crafters and children had their own categories and this year a new photography section was introduced. The entries went on public display after the judging – and the show marquee was packed with admirers. The Flower and Produce Show was sponsored by former Banbury mayor, councillor and businesswoman Rosemarie Higham.

The combined food fair/produce show has become one of Banbury’s most popular events and this year an estimated 12,000 people browsed the 110 stalls to sample and purchase the best food and drink produced locally and further afield.

A free park and ride between Cherwell District Council’s offices in Bodicote and the town’s bus station provided hassle-free travel into the town centre.

 

Food Fair 2015


Banbury Food Fair-HD (2) from Banbury Town Council on Vimeo.

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Banbury’s annual Food Fair on Sunday was a massive success as thousands of people ‘dined out’ on food and drink of many flavours – and from many countries. More than a hundred stalls provided mouth-watering goodies in an event that attracted an estimated 10,000 visitors.

Cooking demonstrations and cookery competitions provided additional entertainment – and famous faces from TV food shows were on hand to pass on their skills.

Celebrity chef Rustie Lee, who shot to fame in the 1980s with her Caribbean treats, divulged some of her secrets during her humour-filled sessions, and last year’s Great British Bake-Off finalist Luis Troyano demonstrated the skills that brought him TV fame. For 2015 the demonstration marquee was kindly sponosored by Buywise Domestic Appliances.

The event, organised by Banbury Town Council, was the perfect place for families to enjoy on-the-hoof Sunday lunches. Members of the public were challenged to show their talents. All-comers battled to produce the quickest omelette, children made and topped milkshakes, and the Banbury Cook-Off – a Ready Steady Cook-style competition – provided some light-hearted entertainment for onlookers.

Banbury Mayor Tony Mepham said: “The Food Fair is one of Banbury’s most popular events and attracts many thousands of people. It is a wonderful day out and this year, with more stalls, more demonstrations, and more to eat and drink, the event was busier than ever. I was impressed with the entries in the Food and Produce Show. I wish I had the time to do that sort of thing myself.”

The Flower and Produce Show ran in conjunction with the Food Fair. Local growers and producers entered fruit, vegetables, flowers, jams, cakes etc into six categories and 93 classes – and after the judges had given their verdicts, the entries went on public display. Crafters and children had their own categories. The Flower and Produce Show was again sponsored by former mayor and Banbury businesswoman Rosemarie Higham.

 

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