The 2018 Oundle Food Festival is an annual feature in food lovers’ diaries. The highlight of the Festival is the street market, which falls this year on Saturday 23 June. Over 75 of the region’s finest independent food, drink and kitchenware producers will come to town.
Many of the stallholders from previous years are returning once again. This year’s gathering will also welcome some newcomers who include Northamptonshire sparkling wine producers Painter’s Vineyard, Jorge’s Artisan Foods, and The Artisan Honey Company.
The Oundle Fringe Festival will provide a programme of music and dance, which includes the Appalachian dance groups Tap n Sync and Kickstart, folk groups Tourdion and The Gathering, shanty singers The Lincolnshire Poachers, the Wansford Ukulele Folk and Michelle Murray’s Highland Dancers.
Family entertainment from Corby’s Balls Up Juggling Club and the Nene Valley Festival crew, as well as Oundle’s first ever Grand Snail Race, will make the street market a great family day out.
There will also be events and offers which celebrate the region’s food and drink running throughout the weeks preceding it.
These include a tour of Riverford Organic’s farm at Sacrewell, a tour of the Nene Valley Brewery, as well as the launch of a new brew, and demonstrations and book signings at AGA Oundle, including a fundraising event for the NSPCC – a chance to try Chinese canapés created by the award winning chef Kwoklyn Wan, perfectly paired with Amps’ wines.
Throughout June many local shops will be running Food Festival offers, such as 10% off certain beef cuts from Trendalls and Seven Wells, a free loaf with a spend of over £10 at Hambleton Bakery and 10% off purchases during June at Stu-Pots.