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Local Flavours Festival in Oxfordshire

PUBLISHED: 16:29 18 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:11 20 February 2013

Local Flavours Festival in Oxfordshire

Local Flavours Festival in Oxfordshire

Celebrate the abundant harvest of local food and drink from Oxfordshire with more than 25 different events during the first Local Flavours Festival this month.

Celebrate the abundant harvest of local food and drink from Oxfordshire with more than 25 different events during the first Local Flavours Festival this month.

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire (BBO) Food Group is organising the Local Flavours Festival to promote delicious fresh produce grown, reared and created for everyone to enjoy.

Where better to brush-up your cooking skills than with the WI at Denman College. Stroll through vineyards and taste award-winning wines. Learn how to grow vegetables organically. Discover orchards where there are many more varieties of early apples than Discovery.

Tamara Schiopu, the executive director of BBO Food Group, explains: "This is the first time that food and drink producers from all three counties, plus many food and drink outlets, will be celebrating our exceptional produce.

"The Local Flavours Festival supports the Oxfordshire economy. There are 38 farmers' markets across the county during September, each offering perfect opportunities for people to buy superb locally produced food.

"Highlighting these regular local markets in the Festival programme encourages people to find out where they can shop for the freshest food from the county, and keep farmers and food producers in business."

The Local Flavours Festival programme is distributed with Cotswold Life magazine. Or you can log on to www.local-flavours.net for the latest information. Many events are free, but you need to book for some.

You can win a luxury weekend break for two at Fallowfields Hotel in Oxfordshire by completing the online questionnaire to enter a free prize draw. Peta and Anthony Lloyd are hosting a Community Day at Fallowfields on August Bank Holiday Monday with tours of the farm, archery and falconry, hog roast and afternoon teas.

The Local Flavours Festival programme includes special offers and discounts for food and drink at several restaurants, farm shops and festival events.

Walks and Courses in Vineyards and Organic Farms
5, 6, 26 & 27 September Find out if this year is going to be a good vintage for English wine. Carol and Bob Nielsen welcome you to Brightwell Vineyard beside the River Thames at Rush Court, Shillingford for a guided tour through the vineyard followed by tastings of their award-winning wines in the shop.

5 September The gates at Manor Farm, Marcham open for you to see the placid Brown Swiss cows that produce organic milk for delicious G & D's Ice-cream. Find out how the Cumber family have farmed here for generations and admire heritage breed Berkshire and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs.

5 September Visit Worton Organic Garden, between Cassington and Yarnton, to experience the bountiful harvest from this very special organic smallholding. Create your own fruit and vegetable juices and find out why the produce here is so tasty.

12, 19 & 26 September Free wine tastings at Hendred Vineyard near Wantage. Steve and Viviane Callaghan bought the 10-acre vineyard in 2006, and quickly found they were winning awards. Wine maker Steve has planted new vines and re-launched the brand with New World style dry white and sparkling wines.

12 September Organic Vegetables Farm Walk, Tolhurst Organic Produce at Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames. Visit the walled garden and fields to find out how to grow an impressive range of organic vegetables.

13 September The National Trust and Coleshill Organics are opening the Walled Garden on Coleshill Estate. You'll get more than a flavour of the passion for growing the highest quality fresh produce - for their great taste not their looks! Make it a day out with a visit to the watermill, enjoy the organic BBQ and crafts displays.

13 & 27 September The Kitchen Garden at Littlestoke near Wallingford is a beautiful Thames-side setting for two courses in Organic Vegetable Gardening for people starting out with their own veg plots and allotments. Ashley Pearson, formerly of Daylesford Organics, and Rachel Siegfried, an experienced horticulturalist, lead courses in the Learning Garden.

Local Flavours tastings and menus
Throughout the Festival
Cross Lanes Fruit Farm, Mapledurham near Woodcote has apple tastings on Wednesdays and Sundays. Crisp, juicy, sweet and sharp, you'll sample several before deciding which you like. On 5 September there's a talk from Gill Franklin on the new season's apples, followed by tasting sessions

Enjoy local produce from the Oxfordshire Chilterns at Antony Worrall Thompson's The Greyhound in Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire. Special Festival discount with voucher from the Local Flavours Festival programme.

Cherwell Boathouse restaurant in Oxford features locally sourced produce and lists Oxfordshire wines.

5 September Farmer Chris Collins and brewer Henry Cumberlidge welcome you to the Red Lion Farm Shop at Britwell Salome for a Real Ale and Real Meat Tasting.

9, 10 & 11 October is Apple Weekend at Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley. Taste some of the 50 varieties grown here and get expert fruit growing advice.

Cookery courses

Cooking with the WI at Denman College Who can resist the opportunity to brush up their cookery skills with the WI? Denman College in Marcham has a newly refitted WI Cookery School hosting four courses during September. Prepare and cook fish and shellfish, become an instant Italian Mama with classic and new Italian dishes, make perfectly stylish dinners, and create traditional Greek dishes.

Events featuring Local Flavours

6 September Wychwood Forest Fair returns 'home' to Cornbury Park where you'll find local food suppliers and farm produce, including ice cream, and beer from Wychwood Brewery.

12 September Henley Show at Greenlands Farm, Hambleden includes a Food and Farming marquee and a Food and Wine tent. Both will be packed with local farmers and producers ready to show you how to milk a cow, and make delicious meals with local produce.

17 September Oxfordshire County and Thame Show, billed as England's greatest one-day agricultural show, includes a Food Hall with dozens of Local Flavours Festival food heroes.

19 & 20 September Country Food and Craft Fair during Michaelmas Daisy Weekend at Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley.

26 September Choko Beer Festival in Laurence Hall at Cholsey features local ales and food at this family event to raise funds for projects in South Oxfordshire and development work in the disadvantaged community of Kodumela, South Africa.

26 September Thame Food Festival celebrates local food and drink in this historic market town.

27 September Enjoy the medieval atmosphere at Harvest Flavours Market in and around St Leonard's Church, Watlington.

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