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Wild Thyme Food Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:58 02 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:20 20 February 2013

Wild Thyme Food Festival

Wild Thyme Food Festival

The third annual gastronomic celebration, Wild Thyme Food Festival, takes place in the Town Hall, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire on Sunday, May 27 from 11am-5pm

Wild Thyme
Food Festival

The third annual gastronomic celebration, Wild Thyme Food Festival, takes place in the Town Hall, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire on Sunday, May 27 from 11am-5pm

The event promises to be even better this year with more events, exhibitors and demonstrations than Wild Thymes second and again, highly successful festival, held a year ago.

Theyll be a wide array of foodie events to choose from. More than 20 exhibitors will be showcasing the regions best artisan and ethical food produce within the magnificent setting of Chipping Nortons Georgian Town Hall. All are passionate local producers keen to share the story of their produce, offering samples and, of course, selling their food and drink during the day.

Exhibitors include Burford-based Upton Smokery, who home smoke a range of fish and meats and stock a wide range of deli products, Hook Norton Honey, Stevens Garnier Wines from Oxford, Chocolatiers from Stow on the Wold Once Bitten and the local Slow Food consortium who will be selling the pick of the seasons asparagus.

Chipping Nortons award-winning, independent bookshop, Jaffe & Neale, will be providing tea, coffee and its delicious range of cakes, whilst Cirencester fish shop, New Wave Seafoods, will be hosting a glamorous seafood and champagne bar together with Wild Thyme Restaurant.

Festival founder and chef proprietor of Wild Thyme, Nick Pullen, and his team, will be hosting cookery demonstrations throughout the day including a master class on pasta making. Nick will be joined by food writer, William Sitwell, who will be demonstrating recipes alongside 2011 Masterchef finalist, James Perry, aka the tattooed cook!

Children are central to this festival and so a range of fun food activities will be laid on for the little ones by pre-school, Town Nursery, and also for older children, leaving parents free to enjoy the festival.

Nick Pullens partner and festival co-founder, Sally Daniel says, Nick and I were overwhelmed by the positive response we received at last years Food Festival. Were delighted to be able to put on this great day for everyone to enjoy celebrating all the wonderful local produce available in this area.

Entry to the Festival costs just 3 for adults and children under 14 go free, payable on arrival. Doors open at 11am. Tickets give access to all the exhibitors stands, plus a rolling programme of cookery demonstrations, also held in the Town Hall.

More about Nick Pullen and Wild Thyme

Opened in December 2008, Wild Thyme Restaurant with Rooms is located in the centre of the delightful Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton. Wild Thyme offers exciting modern British food and relaxed friendly service and also has three stylish bedrooms offered on a B&B basis.

Since opening, Wild Thyme has become a firm favourite with locals and its reputation is spreading since consistently being Trip Advisors No 1 recommended Oxfordshire restaurant (out of a total of 507 eateries) in the county, since June 2010.

Nick Pullen has worked as a professional chef for 20 years. His career has included working at Summer Lodge hotel in Dorset and at legendary London eaterie, Scotts of Mayfair. His dream was to one day open a small country town restaurant with a focus on using the freshest local produce, dealing directly with farmers and growers, and making everything fresh on the premises. The result is Wild Thyme.

Wild Thyme Restaurant with Rooms, 10 New Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5LJ, www.wildthymerestaurant.co.uk

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