Oundle Food Festival returns next month with a week of activities leading up to the Street Market on July 18.
There is certainly plenty going on during the week of the festival, sponsored by Aga Peterborough, based at nearby Warmington Mill, starting July 11 with an introduction to Single Malt Scotch Whisky at Amps Fine Wines in the town.
Aga Peterborough will be hosting cookery demonstrations at their showrooms in Warmington, starting on the 14th, from 12 noon to 2pm, when there will be a Spanish Lunch with help from the excellent Kings Arms, at Polebrook.
It is £15 per ticket.
The following day, 11am to 12 noon or 2pm to 3pm get a “First Taste of AGA” at Aga Peterborough, with professional AGA demonstrator Mandy Gooden. Tickets are £10.
And on the 16th there is an opportunity to drop in and try out cooking on an AGA. It is a free event but contact AGA Peterborough to book (for all events at AGA) on 01832 280855 or email Peterborough@aga-web.co.uk .
Also on July 16 there is Tea Tasting at Brewbabu, in Oundle with master tea blender Alex Probyn. It costs £25 per ticket. Telephone Brewbabu to book tickets: on 01832 273909.
Also during the week a number of local restaurants will be putting on a special menu to celebrate the wonderful local producers, or to enable you to grab a pre-concert meal.
Head Chef Peter Lane at The Falcon in Fotheringhay will have a special Oundle Food Festival Menu from July 10 to 24th (excluding Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes). The menu will focus on some delights from local suppliers and will be just £13.50 for two courses, £17.00 for three.
Booking is recommended.
The Tap & Kitchen bar and restaurant on Oundle Wharf will be offering a great selection of beers and wines alongside modern British cuisine made solely from fresh, and where possible, local ingredients.
Dinner will be being served from 5pm at the Talbot Hotel every day during the Oundle Festival week. The menu will be showcasing food from local producers and will change daily.
For me the highlight will be the Street Market on the Saturday (July 18) from 9am to 4pm.
You can expect more than 70 stalls - producers of all kinds selling their goods - plenty of street food and the restaurants and cafes will be waiting for you. And look out for a little street theatre too.