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Thank you, till next year!

After months of planning and a decidedly soggy start, Sunday finally saw Oxford Food & Drink Festival take over the city centre. Gloucester Green was filled with local artisan producers, street food and a stage, while St Michael’s Street housed popup bars, coffee and brewers, Cornmarket hosted homewares and Market Street welcomed community groups.

Once the rain cleared, crowds of people filled the trail. Some queued for their first taste of Tibetan food, while others sampled delicious and locally distilled gin, chatted with producers of local cured meat, enjoyed performances from Oxford Ukuleles Big Band, learned how to cook on a budget from the chefs at Oxford Brookes, purchased beautiful pottery crafted mere minutes from where they stood, and much, much more.

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Images Credit: James Ruderford Photos

Highlights from first Oxford Food & Drink Festival

  • 48 traders/stalls, including produce, street food, homewares, community groups, brewers, alcohol, local restaurants, plus Disco Soup
  • Over four hours of cookery demonstrations, talks and performances, including Oxford Brookes with ‘cooking on a budget’, ‘Mrs Bun the Baker’ with a kids cookery demo, Costwolds Distillery with a gin talk and tasting. The entertainment opened with a performance by Oxford Ukuleles Big Band
  • A sell out for street food traders, with record sales for some
  • Culmination of Oxford City Council’s Mixing Pot, a community project to bring people together through food. Collecting recipes and food stories from different communities all around Oxford, discovering the city’s diverse and multi-cultural population through the food that’s important to them.
  • Fantastic local sponsors and supporters. Thank you in particular to Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant, Royds Withy King, Oxford Brookes University and Pint Shop

 

Oxford Food & Drink Festival Photographs

Two local photographers took fantastic images of the event, all uploaded to albums on our Facebook page, view them here.

Oxford Food & Drink Festival 2017

A date for 2017 has not yet been set. Make sure you like our Facebook page for updates or click here to sign up to Bitten Oxford email updates.

Mixing Pot Tour

10 October: East Oxford Community Centre, 5.30-7pm
11 October: Blackbird Leys Community Centre, 5.30-7pm
12 October: Rose Hill Community Centre, 5.30-7pm
13 October: North Oxford Community Centre, 5.30-7pm
14 October: South Oxford Community Centre, 5.30-7pm
15 October: Barton Bash, 12-4pm
16 October: Food and Drink Festival (Cornmarket Street), 11am-4pm

Mixing Pot is a community project to bring people together through food. We want to tell the story of the people of Oxford through the food that they love.

We’re creating a Mixing Pot installation with a local artist to collect recipes and food stories from different communities all around Oxford, discovering Oxford’s diverse and multi-cultural population through the food that’s important to them.

The Mixing Pot will travel around Oxford’s Community Centres in the week leading up to the festival before its final stop at the Food & Drink Festival itself, where we will be collecting recipes from festival-goers all day.

So come along to your nearest Community Centre and bring your favourite recipes and stories to share with your local community!

We’ll have paper and pens for you to submit your recipes and stories on, or you’re welcome to bring them already printed, written out, photocopied, cooked and edible… or in whatever format you want!

Drinks and nibbles will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring something along too.

Full details in the poster below or on their Facebook event page.

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