Thank you, till next year!

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.

Jacqui Thorndyke

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