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Welcome to the essential guide to Towcester Food Festival – packed full of information about the show, including all the key events, details of the fledgling businesses we are supporting, the people who are exhibiting and a full schedule of all the chefs who will be demonstrating over both days. This is the very first Towcester Food Festival – and we hope it will be the first of many: an annual event to showcase the best artisan food and drink made in Northamptonshire and beyond, and a chance for this historic town to come alive. We have deliberately set out to make the festival an event where you can come and spend time: either browsing, enjoying one of the free talks or demonstrations, taking in a food workshop, or simply sitting and relaxing with something good to eat and drink on one of our live music lawns. We have many people to thank for helping to make the first Towcester Food Festival possible. First and foremost are the ‘Festivalmakers’ who have volunteered their time freely to help greet and guide our visitors, and in some cases, plan the event. Then there are the

artisans who have supported us by exhibiting. Towcester Racecourse provides the wonderful parkland setting for the festival and its chief executive Kevin Ackerman is the man who had the confidence and vision to embrace the idea of the food festival in Towcester. There have been lots of amazing moments along the way – two stand out. The first is the phone call from South Northamptonshire Council offering its support as part of a wider initiative to encourage tourism and the local economy. They have been brilliant ever since so thank you SNC. And the second is the moment, after a rather haphazard approach, that William Sitwell emailed, agreeing to open the festival. He could not have been more helpful and kind so thank you William.

And the last person we’d like to thank is you – lovely, wonderful you – for supporting our festival by taking time to look through this guide and come to the first ever Towcester Food Festival. With very best wishes for a great festival,

Crispin Slee

Chief Executive, Towcester Food Festival.


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Contents Welcome.......................................................................................................3 All you need to know............................................................................8 The tart of the town............................................................................13 What’s on?.................................................................................................14 Chef demonstation stage...............................................................19

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The Launchpad Zone.........................................................................26 Real Ale Trail around Towcester...................................................33 Food festival map.................................................................................36 Become a festivalmaker!..................................................................41 Beer + Muffin = Buffin.......................................................................43 Bag creche................................................................................................45 Masterchef judge William Sitwell...............................................51 Made in Northamptonshire...........................................................55 Feature........................................................................................................57


Our exhibitors.........................................................................................58


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demonstrations we have planned for the weekend; listen to Sulgrave Manor’s Meg the Cook talk about Tudor food; see how to make truffles or string sausages - all laid on free - or book yourself on to a cooking class. There are classes for kids and for adults at the show.

All you need to know!

As well as lots of tasty samples, there will be a street food market, where, among other things, you can try one try one of Becky’s Bhajis or sink your teeth into some slow-cooked, smoked beef, which has been lovingly reared by people who also cook it. The festival is just like a good meal – it should not be hurried. It is a place to come, spend time and indulge.

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Whether you’re a foodie, a family or just looking for pleasant day out, Towcester Food Festival is the place to be on the weekend of June 7 and 8: a place where you can sit, eat, drink and relax while soaking up the atmosphere.


Browse among the 70+ food, drink and craft stalls, many of them local and all selling sumptuous goodies; enjoy a cup of artisan fresh-brewed coffee; lunch on one of our live music lawns with a glass of something cold; take in one of the ten free chef


Did you know there are three commercial vineyards in Northamptonshire, two of whom make sparkling wine? In celebration of the county’s wine makers, there will be a Northamptonshire Bubbles bar at the festival, where you can also find a G&T made with gin from Northants. And as if that isn’t enough, there will also be a Pimm’s tent, two real ale bars, a real cider bar selling each of the four ciders made in Northamptonshire (I’ll say that again, four ciders from Northants!), cider from Milton Keynes and two wine stalls.

Parking If you’re driving to the festival, Towcester Racecourse has ample parking and parking at the festival is free. Your car will be quite literally right on the doorstep so you can easily come and go to stow your purchases. If you’re not coming by car, there will be a bag creche where you can safely leave your items and collect them later that day.

Tickets Tickets can be bought in advance via the festival website at: towcesterfoodfestival., or on the day. By buying online, you save up to 20%, guarantee your visit on the day of your choice and arrive via the pre-paid VIP lines. If you buy in advance you will also be entered into a Prize Draw for FREE hospitality at Towcester Racecourse.

Masterchef Masterchef judge and food critic William Sitwell will be at the show on Saturday. He will do a live Q&A on Saturday morning with Guardian journalist Mark Lawson and in the afternoon will give a talk entailed ‘Foodie History: 4000 years of food in 3000 seconds’, featuring vignettes from his acclaimed

book ‘A History of Food in 100 Recipes’.

In Towcester We won’t be hogging all the fun to ourselves at the racecourse. We want Towcester to come alive during the weekend of the festival on June 7 and 8. There will be a Real Ale Trail around the town’s hostelries (See page 33). There will also be a fringe street food market beside the River Tove at Towcester Mill. From lunchtime, enjoy some Mexican street food from Hungry Toad’s truck. In the evening, the Hungry Toad will be joined two traders from the festival selling wood-fired pizza and gourmet hot dogs.

Opening Times Towcester Food Festival takes place at Towcester Racecourse from 10am to 6pm on Saturday June 7 and 10am to 5pm on Sunday June 8.


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The Tart of the Town

Yorkshire has its puddings, Bakewell has its tarts and Towcester has its, erm, Cheesecake. Not the traditional kind you understand, ie the sweet tart made from cream and soft cheese that comes on a biscuit base. What would be remarkable about that? No, the Towcester Cheesecake is all together different. Based on a traditional Yorkshire curd tart, it is made according to a secret recipe and contains sweet curd cheese nestling in a flaky pastry case. It was first made in Towcester during the first half of the last century in a bakery run by a man called Ward. The bakery was later turned into a pub which still stands today and is now the Pickled Pig, run by a nice chap called Allen O’Shea. The old bakery was bought in 1949 by a certain Percy Adams, the grand daddy of today’s Oliver Adams bakery chain. He was a canny chap was Percy and he kept Mr Ward’s recipe for Towcester Cheescake a closely guarded secret. It remains just as tightly guarded today and the Towcester

Cheesecake is sold in just three places in Northamptonshire, two of them in Towcester: the Oliver Adams bakery; and the Dolphin Café run by Cate Casey. Cate was carefully vetted by the Oliver Adams team before she was allowed to sell the town’s eponymous delicacy. She said: “It was a very thorough going over – it was touch and go whether I was going to get the go ahead.”

to add to the party spirit in the middle of town. The Dolphin Café will be one of the venues for the town’s Real Ale Trail (see Page 33) and Cate will be serving up a mouth watering menu of steak, pizza and pie made by hand by an artisan producer in Northampton.

Not even Cate knows the recipe, but it has become a firm favourite in her trendy little town centre café and she will be ordering in extra supplies ready for the festival weekend. The cheesecake is traditionally eaten cold with a strong cup of tea but is also delicious warm with custard. As well as readying herself for visitors during the day, Cate will be staying open late on the Saturday night of the festival


What’s On? Live Music Lawns

Chef Demonstrations We’ve lined up a great series of cooking demonstrations for you, featuring the best local chefs and cooks from within a 20-mile radius of Towcester. These demonstrations are free and will take place over both days of the festival on the main Chef Demonstration Stage, with seating theatre-style for 150. All the chefs will wear microphones and the demonstrations will be streamed live on large TV screens so that you can see every detail of their art. No need to book, just turn up at the right time. Learn from the experts as they share hints and tips about everything from baking bread to making pasta, the best pub grub, Asian cooking and the art of making sausages. For full details of timing and who’s taking part, please see Pages 19-25.


Throughout the weekend, there will be live music on our two music lawns. Each will have its own vibe. One will be an acoustic lawn and the other will dance to the strands of jazz. Sit, eat, drink and lap up the atmosphere. Up and coming singer/songwriter James Gillespie will headline the acoustic lawn on both days of the festival. Soak up the atmosphere with a glass and a bite.

Masterchef judge William Sitwell Saturday will see one of the highlights of the festival – as Masterchef judge William Sitwell is gently grilled by one of the country’s most renowned interviewers – BBC broadcaster, Guardian journalist and author Mark Lawson. The Q&A will take place in the first floor of the Empress Stand at 10.30am on Saturday June 7. Not be missed! In the afternoon, William will journey back in time with his


fascinating talk ‘Foodie History: 4000 years of food in 3000 seconds’, featuring vignettes from his acclaimed book ‘A History of Food in 100 Recipes’. There will also be a chance to buy signed copies of his book. Talk at 2pm in the first floor of the Empress Stand. William is also a fabled cider maker and his cider will be available for sale in the CiderBods – www.ciderbods. - real cider stall, along with three other ciders made in Northamptonshire.

Food and drink stalls Browse among the 70 plus food, drink and craft stalls. Meet the artisan makers and sample their fare. There will also be a street food market with vendors selling freshly made bhajis, BBQ beef rolls, gourmet hot dogs, pizza from a wood fired over, crepes, to name but a few. Do check out our Launchpad Zone, where you will find some exciting news businesses. Read more about The Launchpad Zone on pages 26-28.

Horrible Histories Learn about food from days gone by from Meg Fedwelly,

the Tudor chef from Sulgrave Manor, a Roman Centurion from Towcester Museum. Suitable for kids and adults and all free, Meg will tell you how the Tudors ate and make one of their traditional dishes for you to taste. Towcester Museum’s Centurion will tell you about the foods the Romans introduced and show you some of the artifacts the conquering army used in the kitchens. Meg at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Roman talk at noon, 2pm and 4pm.

SWAN CIC cooking demos Students from SWAN CIC will be showing off their skills during the weekend. Led by their teacher Spencer Fitzgerald, the students will be demonstrating how to make white, milk and dark chocolate truffles, and galletes - buckwheat pancakes with fresh savoury and sweet fillings. Demos every hour from 10.30am on both days. Look out for free samples!

Cookery classes As well as the free chef demos, there are a series of paid for cookery classes for both adults and kids. The kids classes will run over both days and will be led by Juliet Hanson from the Silverstone Food Company.

There are different sessions and kids can learn how to make pasta and decorate cupcakes. For details and tickets, please visit our website: The adult workshops will be run by Jenny Dicks from Bay Tree Cottage and by Carmela Sereno Hayes. On Sunday, Carmela will teach you how to make perfect pasta. Carmela’s classes take place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30 pm and 1.30pm. For details and tickets, please visit our website:

Behind the Scenes Tour Enter the world of a National Hunt jockey on our Behind the Scenes Tour of Towcester Racecourse. Follow in the footsteps of AP McCoy – who rode his record breaking 4,000th winner at Towcester footsteps – by visiting the weighing room and stable yard, and see the spot where AP changed for the big race and the stable where his mount was readied. Tours will be lead by a former National Hunt jockey and there will also be the chance to meet a racehorse up in the stable yard. Tours take place on the hour from 11am and cost £3 per person. 50p

from each ticket sold will go to The Injured Jockeys Fund. To book tickets, please visit:

Compost Corner Throughout the weekend, a Master Composter will be on hand to provide tips and hints about composting. If you’re new to composting, you can learn how to get started. If you’ve already signed the green pledge, you can find out how to get the perfect mix so you end up with compost just like they sell down the garden centre! As well as a Master Composter from Recycle for Northamptonshire, there will be a trailer from the south Northamptonshire Love Food Hate Waste campaign where you can learn how to save on your shopping bill by cutting down food waste. Did you know the average family wastes £60 worth of food every month?

Keep up to date via the Website Well’ be updating the website with the latest news on exhibitors and new things happening at the show. Keep checking for updates:


The traditional bar offers a range of beautifully cared for Ales, & Fine Wines, featuring local brewery ‘Gun Dog Ales’.

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Chef Demonstration Stage Throughout the weekend, there will be a series of free cooking demonstrations taking place on the Chef Demonstration Stage, featuring the best local chefs and cooks from within a 20 mile radius of Towcester. The demos will take place every hour from 11.30am. Learn from the experts as they share hints and tips about everything from baking bread to making pasta, the best pub grub and the art of making sausages. All the chefs will wear microphones and the demonstrations will be streamed live on large TV screens so that you can see every detail of their art. No need to book, just turn up at the right time. There is seating for 150 with standing room at the back. The chefs will concentrate on using fresh, locally-sourced, seasonal produce to prepare their signature dishes. The chef demonstration stage will be hosted by Katie Johnson from Wot’s Cooking. She will keep you up to date with what is happening on the stage at all times. Katie is a farmer turned broadcaster and writer, who worked as a presenter and

producer for BBC local radio for 15 years. The local chefs and cooks taking part are:

SATURDAY 11.30am: Jane Wyton - The Barn Restaurant at Upper Stowe About Jane: Cooking is in Jane’s blood. She grew up in London, where her Father was a chef who owned two Café/Restaurants so spent her childhood earning pocket money helping her dad and learning about food. And learn she did because as well as her dad, her two aunts were a Pastry Cooks (back in the time when it seemed, women were cooks & men were chefs!). Jane got a ‘proper’ job in a bank in her mid twenties and up

until 6 years ago worked as an Event Manager before taking a few years off, but all along the way cooking and food were always her passion, so following a spot of training at Ashburton Cookery School, she returned to catering. Now Chef/Owner of ‘The Barn’ at Upper Stowe where she has been since May last year and where she serves good home cooked meals, snacks and cakes with all food prepared and cooked on the premises. Set in a 19th century farm building, The Barn is a unique, peaceful location to have breakfast, lunch or just tea & cake. Great for private functions and always a friendly welcome, so much so, a reviewer began his comments with the line ‘is run by one of the nicest chefs I know. The food is absolutely excellent.’


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Chef Demonstration Stage 12.30pm: Jake Collins

1.30pm: Ondine Hartgroves – Private Chef

About Jake: Jake is a proud Northamptonian who when he’s not cooking, likes to walk, occasionally fish and definitely loves to visit a good food market.

About Ondine: Ondine is an accomplished Chef and previous ‘Masterchef’ contestant specialising in spice cuisines from around the world. A finalist and commended in the ‘Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards’ 2012/13 and a finalist 2013/2014 in the category of Spice Chef of the Year.

Beginning his career pot washing and preparing, Jake worked Saturdays for a café/deli in Daventry whilst still at school but once he’d left became an apprentice chef at a local hotel, attending Northampton College one day a week for his NVQ L3. What followed then was full time college studying for his advanced diploma in professional cookery and working for ‘The Narrow boat’ at Weedon where he then stayed before taking a Head Chef position at ‘The Sun Inn’ Kislingbury. Jake now works with ‘Hello Fresh’ who are on a mission to make cooking easy and fun by using their step-by-step recipe cards, so from your own kitchen you can learn delicious new recipes every single week.

Ondine runs a private dining business as well as tutoring at the ‘Shires Cookery School’ in Northamptonshire. When not cooking or teaching, Ondine can be frequently found at food and drink shows around the country demonstrating her skills as her passion and knowledge is reflected not only in her food, but also in her ability to teach and to get everyone else cooking. You can follow on Twitter @ondineph

2.30pm: Matt Whittington – The Laughing Onion in Brackley About Matt: Matt is Head Chef at ‘The Laughing Onion,’ a brasserie restaurant and bar in Brackley town centre, serving

great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Housed in a beautiful grade 2 listed Georgian building, it has been tastefully renovated to reflect its classy yet contemporary and innovative approach to food and where all are welcome for relaxed lunches, business entertaining or a night out with family or friends. Matt has been leading the kitchen team since the doors opened in July 2013 with his trademark creative flair and eye for detail. The menu changes with the seasons, from salads, shellfish and tarts perfect for those long lazy days of spring and summer, to slow cooked cassoulets, risottos and crumbles to help bring a warm glow to cold winter nights. Favourites from the menu include beef bourguignon with thyme & Gruyère dumplings, stuffed loin of lamb with white pudding, and our lemon grass brûlée with orange biscotti. As well as their a la carte dining, they organise a range of events including the popular ladies’ and steak nights, and a cocktail bar is open in the evening for those who just fancy a cheeky drink on their comfortable sofas.


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3.30pm: Justin Lefevre – the Red Lion in Culworth About Justin: Justin has been creating wonderful food for 22 years, learning his craft at ‘The Wentworth Hotel’ in Aldeburgh before moving on to manage a very successful and popular gastro pub in the county for 10 years, before opening his own establishment at ‘The Red Lion’ in the lovely village of Culworth in 2009. Between them, Justin and his wife Bronni, have developed a substantial loyal following of diners who enjoy his keenly priced contemporary style food, sourced locally wherever possible and always with attention to freshness and seasonality. Seafood is a great favourite at The Red Lion and daily deliveries from Brixham provide plenty of inspiration for the specials board alongside the

regular mouthwatering menu. Justin’s keen interest in food extends to keeping his own pigs and chickens, and picking up inspiring ideas from his travels abroad. It’s not all about food though as playing golf and following Formula One racing play a big part too!

SUNDAY 11.30am: Rachel Halvorsen – Rachel’s Farm Shop in Brackley About Rachel: Rachel’s family has been at ‘Versions Farm’ near Brackley for over 100 years and it’s there where Rachel runs her own ‘real’ Farm Shop where you can buy ‘what they rear, what they make and what they cure!’ All their home reared meat is organic and free range and includes sausages, burgers, cured bacon and ham as well as her own frozen, cooked ‘ready meals.’ Alongside their own produce, you’ll find carefully selected award winning grocery and deli products from small local producers plus fresh bread and vegetables and whilst visiting

the shop, you can’t fail to notice the animals so you can see for yourself that animal welfare is high on the agenda

12.30pm: Geoff Woodburn – Real Artisan Bread near Brackley About Geoff: After years of making bread as a passion, it wasn’t until 2013 that Geoff became so fed up with the availability of ‘real bread that he took the plunge and launched Real Artisan Bread. The initial plan was a look at self sufficiency along with bread making, but due to the popularity of the bread being sold, those plans were abandoned and a cottage bakery was created. All Geoff’s bread is made completely by hand, from the mixing, kneading and shaping. He is adamant that the bread making should be a slow process, working with natural ingredients and meeting the criteria of the ‘real bread campaign.’ They have combined this approach with making unique breads using herbs, spices,


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1.30pm: Andrew Kelly Sophias Mediterranean Restaurant in Northampton About Andrew: Andrew began his catering career at ‘Papacinos’ in Northampton followed by ‘Sophias,’ where he spent several years before moving to Dorset to work in some of the finest establishments on the south coast. It was there that Andrew got into foraging and molecular cooking which then became a feature of his demonstrations alongside various household names . Now back in Northampton and back at ‘Sophias Restaurant’ as a Partner, he is working with John Panayis in one of Northampton’s most successful eateries.

2.30pm: Carmela Sereno Hayes – Carmela’s Kitchen in Northampton

3.30pm: Hao Dang Dangs Restaurant in Northampton

About Carmela: Carmela is a local Italian food writer and cookery teacher, offering demonstrations, workshops and classes throughout Northamptonshire. Along with her family – Carmela has four children – her passion making pasta and that is what she will be showing us at the food festival.

About Hao: Hao was born in Vietnam, fleeing the country as one of the original ‘boat people’ in 1979. Following stays in refugee camps, she arrived in Northampton in April 1981 and has lived in the town ever since.

‘Carmela’s Kitchen’ offers delicious Italian cookery classes and demonstrations from handmade pasta, to a variation of sauces, pizzas, risottos - the list is endless and her classes take place either in her family kitchen as well as her local Italian deli, and Cookery Schools in the county. Carmela’s mantra is to cook simple, inexpensive, flavoursome food with good quality seasonal ingredients and watch out for her first cookery book ‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’ which is out later this year. Carmela is also running a series of workshops on the Sunday of the festival where you can try your hand at pasta-making under Carmela’s watchful eye.

Passionate about her food, Hao loves experimenting with different cuisines, not just Vietnamese but Chinese, Thai, English, Italian and Spanish. She first ran her own Chinese/ fish and chip takeaway at the age of 21 and in 2007 ‘Dang’s Restaurant,’ the first and only original Vietnamese restaurant in Northamptonshire opened its doors, offering traditional authentic Vietnamese cuisine with a modern twist. Now well established in the county, the restaurant holds monthly charity evenings to help raise funds for various local charities and all these events are booked up for the year which gives you an idea of its popularity. It might also have something to do with the fact that Hao is proudly celebrating her fifth consecutive mention in ‘The Michelin Guide,’ the only Northampton restaurant to achieve this record.


The Launchpad Zone At Towcester Food Festival, we are helping food start-ups get off the ground by offering ten new businesses discount places at the festival via our bursary scheme. They wouldn’t normally be able to afford to show at big festivals but we have very deliberately sought out these fledglings in order to give them a helping hand as they take their first steps in the brave new world of commerce. All of our bursary winners are exhibiting in the festival’s Launchpad Zone, on the ground floor of The Empress Stand. Please visit them – they have some amazing things to offer.

The Moulton Pie Company (Saturday only) Mark Stevens spent 35 years in the music industry

With his wife Barbara, Mark last year launched The Moulton Pie Company making succulent pies from the kitchen of their home in Moulton in Northampton. The artisan producers have already won plaudits for their pastry covered delights in the British Pie Awards and the Great Taste Awards. The couple are bringing a selection of their sumptuous range which includes traditional pork pies; leek, potato and stilton; and pastrami pies. Mark said: “We are traditional artisan makers and try to use as many home grown or locally sourced ingredients as we can.” All Mark’s pies are made fresh and he can only make enough to provide a stock for one day so he will be at the festival on the Saturday only.

as a professional drummer, songwriter and record producer. He wrote music for TV shows starring comedy greats Phil Kay and Ali G but his real passion lay in pies.



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Cheese-maker Gary Bradshaw turned his back on life as a deskbound Mac operator to launch his own business, Hamm Tun Fine Foods in Northampton. Gary now makes Northampton’s only cheese, Cobblers Nibble, which is a hard cheese made traditionally by hand with milk from a Northamptonshire Fresian herd. He is also launching a new soft cheese at the show – Cobblers Nibble Gold. It is made from pasteurised cows’ milk and washed in Guilsborough Gold beer from Nobby’s brewery in Guilsborough, Northants, and matured for eight weeks.

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Iain Cowan, from Wymington near Rushden, was high-flying project manager with IBM until he was made redundant last year. A life-long foodie, he decided to indulge his passion for making flatbread.

Anne Scott from Daventry spent years working for one of the UK’s largest contract caterers – first as a chef and then in HR - but decided on change when she hit 60.

Under the banner of Replete Flatbreads, he now makes gourmet flatbreads, including naan stuffed with onion bhaji and tomato and chilli chutney, and their best selling Greek Pitta bread filled with spinach and feta.

She said: “I’ve always loved baking. I was helping my mum to bake cakes as soon as I was old enough to stand on a wooden chair. I told myself that when I got to 60, come hell or high water, I was going to do something that I wanted to do.” Anne quit her job and launched Anne’s Home Baking with a stall at the farmer’s market in Rugby. Her gluten free treats cakes, pies, biscuits, buns and other bakes - were an overnight success and she now bakes full time.

The Happy Little Cake Company Vicky Robertson, from Great Billing in Northampton, combines a business in PR with The Happy Little Cake Company. But at the end of last year she had to rethink her cake business when she was diagnosed with coeliac disease. Like Anne, she now bakes gluten free, producing a range of beautifully decorated celebration and novelty cakes for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, and she now also supplies cafés and restaurants in Northampton.


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Northampton-based spice maker Bite-Me-Spices, run by former civil servant Sera Harman. Sera makes all of her spice mixes fresh, using whole spices which she roasts and grinds herself.


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HGV driver Steve Reid grew up in Tiffiled, a village near Towcester, and learnt the art of jam making from his mum. Over the years, he has adapted his culinary skills to include chutneys and chilli sauces.

Former BBC Northampton radio presenter Iain Griffin and partner Emily Price hand-make beautiful cottons aprons from their home in Northampton.

Now living in Delapre, Northampton, he launched his own food business last year, named Friars Farm after the family’s small holding in Paulerspury where Steve keeps chickens and grows his own chillis for use in his sauces.

Teacher Emily is the seamstress and creative force behind Griff’s, which the couple run in their spare time, while Iain manages the business. All of Griff’s aprons are made from 100% cotton, have adjustable neck straps and each of their designs is named after a Northamptonshire village.


Nene View Dairy Nene View Dairy is a family concern, based in Stanwick, where they make Northamptonshire’s only homegrown goats’ cheese. Run by two generations of the Twell family, Nene View produce six types of cheese, from a mature blue to a smoked cheddar style cheese from their herd of 130 goats.

Belinda Clark Confectionery Belinda Clark has had a passion for sweet things all her life and six months ago gave up her job as a project manager, to launch Belinda Clark Confectionery, making gourmet confectionery for grown ups. Her hand-made marshmallows have already won critical acclaim and are now stocked in Fortnum and Mason in London. Belinda, who is based in Hampshire, will be bringing her best-selling flavours to Towcester Food Festival – they include temptations like raspberry, passionfruit and slated caramel, topped with chocolate and peanuts.

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The food festival is going to be a party weekend for Towcester. As well as all the fabulous things that will be going on at the racecourse, the town will be buzzing too, especially on the Saturday evening. Four pubs and the Dolphin Café will be playing host to the Festival’s Real Ale Trail, one of the many firsts for Towcester over the course of the festival weekend on June 7 and 8. The Real Ale Trail works like this. Either in advance or on the day, you buy an exclusive Food Festival Real Ale Trail tankard which hangs round your neck by a colourful ribbon. When you walk into one of the participating venues and present your tankard, you will get a free quarter pint sample of the real ale that they will have tapped specially for Real Ale Trailers.

and Cider Festival taking place at Towcester Racecourse on August 30. The five participating venues are: The Brave Old Oak The Dolphin Café (which will be open all evening and serving up a Saturday night specials menu including steaks, pizzas and pie made by hand by an artisan producer in Northampton.) The Pickled Pig The Plough

Each of the five venues will have a different ale – all of them beers made by local brewers and at the end of the trail you get to vote for your favourite using the Real Ale Trail leaflet. Add your email to the form, and we’ll include you in a free prize draw to win one of five pairs of tickets for Towcester Sausage

centre, behind Moat Lane. Turn left facing the Town Hall and keep going all the way down Chantry Lane. Get your Real Ale Trail leaflet stamped at each venue and take it to Towcester Mill Brewery to claim a free ‘Trail Finishers’ half. Tankards for the trail cost £7.50. For that you get a commemorative handled glass, a quarter pint sample in each venue, a free half at the end of the trail at Towcester Mill Brewery, the opportunity to vote for your favourite beer and the chance to win free tickets for the Towcester Sausage and Cider Festival.

Towcester Mill Brewery The Brave Old Oak, Dolphin Café, Pickled Pig and Plough are all within a stone’s throw of each other on Watling Street in the very heart of historic Towcester. Towcester Mill Brewery is tucked around the back of the town

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Become a Festivalmaker! In the vein of Olympic ‘Gamesmakers’, volunteers will play a key role in making the first Towcester Food Festival a huge success. We need a small army of ‘Festival makers’ to help meet and greet visitors, and guide them around the festival – and it’s not too late to apply.

chance to be involved. “This is such a great thing for Towcester and I wanted to be part of the team that made it happen. Being involved has been brilliant!”

said: “Volunteers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing something really meaningful to a high profile event.”

Louise Ward, a mum-of-two from Towcester, signed up to volunteer as soon as news of the festival was announced back in February.

As well as a huge emotional reward, volunteers will get two free tickets to the festival, a free food voucher and a branded ‘Festivalmaker’ T-shirt.

Louise has been instrumental in helping with the organisation of the event, helping to recruit exhibitors and raise awareness.

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Beer + Muffin = Buffin Towcester Food Festival sees the launch of a new gastronomical treat which may come to rival the Towcester Cheescake as the delicacy of the district – the buffin! A savoury muffin made with beer (beer + muffin = buffin), the buffin is the brainchild of Nigel Betts – a beer-lover – and his wife Linda – an artisan baker – who together run The Blakesley Hill Cake Company. Varieties to date include the beer, bacon, cheddar and onion relish buffin, and the pear, walnut and Stilton buffin, both made with ale from the Hart Family Brewery in Wellingborough. Nigel explained said: “We like to use local ingredients and the idea with the buffins is to use real ale made by each of the 16 micro-breweries in Northamptonshire. We’ll create a bespoke recipe which is attuned to the specific flavour of the beer and roll-out a whole series of different flavoured buffins during the year. We’re talking to all the brewers.” (Editors note: We’re sure you are Nigel – this also gives you the excuse to visit every brewery in Northamptonshire. We’re not as green as we are cabbage looking!) Linda launched The Blakesley Hill Cake Company from premises in Greens Norton, Northants, in her spare time last year and this year quit her job as a groom to go full-time. A lifelong and passionate home baker, as well as buffins, Linda makes, delicious, freshly-filled cupcakes, muffins and small celebration cakes. She took the plunge to

launch the business after baking 300 cupcakes for Towcester Beer Festival to help raise money for the local rugby club – and sold out within hours. Linda said: “Baking a few cupcakes for friends and family is one thing but making 300 for the Towcester Beer Festival in 2013 was incredibly daunting but ultimately amazingly satisfying as we sold out and had tremendous feedback!” In the year since it was first launched, the bakery has grown steadily and now sells a wide range of luxury filled cupcakes and muffins, each with a distinctive flavour combination. Linda added: “I wanted my cakes to stand out and my choice of ingredients was central to that. We only use local free range eggs and artisan flour from the Wessex Mill while never adding artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.” Following a number of requests for gluten free products, the range now includes a wide selection for those with coeliac disease. Cakes can be purchased at with free delivery within the NN12 postcode. Contact Linda at Twitter @BlakesleyCake Facebook @BlakesleyHillCakeCompany


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Bag creche! Now, the last you want to be doing is carrying a load of heavy shopping around with you all day long as you snap up a host of goodies from all those yummy food and drink stalls. You know that and we know that, which is why there will be a charity bag crèche at the festival throughout the weekend, where you can leave your shopping and pick it up when you are ready. There is no fixed charge for this service, but you might like to leave a donation as the bag crèche is being run by volunteers from the Towcester Youth Coffee House, nice people who are helping to create a safe refuge for teenagers in Towcester and need to raise £100,000 to

refurbish their premises in Bransons Lane. Towcester Youth Coffee House is just one of the good causes Towcester Food Festival is supporting. We are also helping to raise money for the foodbanks in Towcester and Brackley, and donating to The Injured Jockeys Fund and South Northants Volunteer Bureau.

In January alone, Towcester Foodbank helped to feed 100 families in Towcester. Festival chief executive Crispin Slee said: “The festival is a celebration local food and drink so it seemed entirely appropriate that, as well as other good causes, we should support the two foodbanks in south Northants who help to feed local people.”

The foodbanks are part of the The Trussell Trusts’ UK-wide network. They help to feed people who are in crisis and have no money to buy food for themselves. Barbara Parfitt, the volunteer foodbank coordinator in Towcester, said: “We never cease to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in Towcester.”



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Masterchef judge W il liam Sit wel l There are some things that Masterchef food critic William Sitwell just can’t abide – hotel windows that don’t open, Morris Dancing (or as he describes it stick wielding country dance) and, as we discovered during the latest series of Masterchef, square plates. It’s not just a mild aversion, the acclaimed food writer and editor of Waitrose Kitchen magazine, downright loathes four-sided tableware. Rectangular plates are equally the subject of his fury. Sitwell, whose fierce TV persona has Masterschef contestants quaking in their boots, spits: “They are an abomination. Food should be served on round plates – with not a right angle in sight!” Northamptonshire’s pre-eminent foodie is calling visitors to join in him in his crusade against square and rectangular plates by staging a ‘Square Plate Amnesty’ at Towcester Food Festival. Sitwell, who lives in south Northamptonshire, said: “If you have square plates, now is the time to cast them out. Bring them with you to the festival, hand them in and we will give them to charity for you.” William Sitwell be at Towcester Food Fedtival on Saturday June 7 to open the festival, tour the stalls and take part in a 45-minute Q&A with one of the country’s most celebrated interviewers broadcaster, journalist and author Mark Lawson.

A renowned food historian, William will also journey back in time with a talk entitled: ‘Foodie History: 4000 years of food in 3000 seconds’, with vignettes from his acclaimed book ‘A History of Food in 100 Recipes’. See the What’s On guide on pages 14 and 15 for timings.


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Made In Northamptonshire From award-winning oils to ice-creams, pies to pickle, it’s clear that Northamptonshire has its fair share of epicurean excellence. If you want to source a sauce that’s locally made or pick up a pudding whose food miles are a tenth of its calories, why not pop along to the ‘Made In Northamptonshire’ stand at this year’s festival?

artisan food and drink producers and retailers who meet up to network, share best practice and forge new working partnerships.

There you can get a FREE copy of the annual food and drink directory – a celebration of the county’s finest culinary offerings and positively bursting at the seams with details of our fabulous local produce and where you can find it. It’s all thanks to the ‘Made In Northamptonshire’ (MIN) group, a collection of passionate local

And of course should you choose to sip your cider, or tuck into a tasty treat from its pages, you know you’re not only getting great quality produce, but you’re also supporting the county too!

With nearly 100 listings of everything from local drinks to cakes and bakes, farm shops to delicatessens, the book is a mouth-watering tour of the county’s delicious delights.

Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards which, just like the group, bubbles over with artisan craftsmen and women who lovingly tend chutneys and cheeses, fruit and fudge, wine and beer to the delight of local foodies!

Oh and while you’re at the MIN stand, don’t forget to ask the team about the annual

For more details about ‘Made In Northamptonshire’ or the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, please email rachel@ or call Rachel on 01933 664437. You can also follow the competition at or on twitter at @foodawardsHQ or on Facebook at



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Big cook, little cook! As well as all the free demonstrations, there is a chance for you to polish your culinary skills by taking part in one of the hands-on adult cookery classes. There are classes for kids too. As well as all the free demonstrations, there is a chance for you to polish your culinary skills by taking part in one of the hands-on adult cookery classes. There are classes for kids too. On Saturday, the adult classes will be run by Jenny Dicks from the Bay Tree Cottage, with sessions at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. On Sunday, they will be led by Carmela Sereno Hayes. Carmela is a mum of four, food-writer and inspirational cookery teacher. Her first book ‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’ will be published later this year. She will show you how to make perfect pasta. Carmela’s classes take place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30 pm and 1.30pm,m and cost just £4 per head. All the cookery classes take place on the second floor of the Grace Stand. (See map for details.) Is your daughter the next Nigella? Or your son the next Heston? At Towcester Food Festival, there also will be a chance for your kids to enjoy some foodie fun while you browse the 70 plus food and drink stalls.

Juliet Hanson from the Silverstone Food Company will run the cookery classes for kids over both days of the festival. Your children can make pasta and pesto sauce - both to take home and cook - and learn how to decorate cupcakes. The classes last for 30 minutes and will run at the following times: 1pm-1.30pm - Pasta making 1.45pm-2.15pm - Cupcake decorating 2.30pm-3pm - Pasta making 3.15pm-3.45pm - Cupcake decorating Tickets for the all the cookery classes are available to buy online at Cost per session for the children’s classes is as follows: Pasta making £2; Cupcake decorating £4. Maximum 12 per class. You are welcome to leave or stay with your child. When you book, please take care to advise us if your child has any allergies. The kids cookery classes also take place on the second floor of the Grace Stand. (See map.)


Food, Drink and Craft Stalls Akeley Wood School Akeley Cake decorating and a smoothie-making bike powered by humans!

Angelina Cupcake Pattishall Cupcakes, brownies and cookies

Anne’s Home Baking Daventry Gluten free cakes, scones, biscuits, tarts, sweet pies and other pastries

Asiri Foods Malvern Curry sauces, curry pastes, chutney, table sauces and marinades

Bakery One Stony Stratford Hand Iced Biscuits

Bay Tree Cottage

Northampton Spice mixes, rubs and BBQ sauces and freshly ground chilli powders

Blakesley Hill Cake Company Greens Norton Freshly filled cupcakes, muffins and buffins (beer muffins)

Brown’s Gourmet Sausages Wollaston Hand-made artisan sausages inc. gluten-free and vegan varieties

Cakes by Kit Brackley Celebration cake dummies and samples of cakes and cookies. Prize draw.

Capon and Harvey Banbury Liqueurs, rare whiskeys and spirits, mustards and chutneys

Capsicana Chilli Co

Farthingstone Cookery workshops

Hitchin Chilli sauces and pre-packed dried and smoked chillies

Belinda Clark Gourmet Confectioner

Cherish Chocolates

Hants Gourmet Marshmallows


Bite Me Spices

Piddington Award winning hand made chocolates, truffles, chocolate bars and lollipops


Our exhibitors! CiderBods


Towcester Online real cider club selling craft ciders made in Northamptonshire

Northampton Hand-made cotton aprons

Daily Bread Co-Operative Northampton Ethical food co-operative

Northampton Artisan maker of Cobblers Nibble – the only cheese made in Northampton

Deli Vegeteria

Hello Fresh UK

Milton Keynes Vegetarian and vegan pasties, quiches, sausage rolls, chorizo and nut roast

London Recipe and ingredient delivery service

First Avenue Supplies Bletchley Chefs’ and personalised work clothing

Blisworth Ice-cream tricycle serving speciality ice cream and sorbets

French Flavour

Just Biscuits

Wrexham French artisan products – saucisson, confits, rillettes, mustards and garlic

Stoke Mandeville Luxury handmade sweet and savoury biscuits

Friars Farm Home Produce

Wainfleet St Mary Flavoured and smoked cheese

Northampton Homemade jams, chutneys and chilli sauces

Gallone’s Northampton Locally made award winning ice-cream

Gun Dog Ales

Hamm Tun Fine Foods

Huntsmen Catering

Lymn Bank Farm

Manor Farm Hardwick Hardwick Elderflower cordial, sparkling elderflower drinks, real lemonade and traditional soft drinks all made on the farm in Hardwick. Twitter: @farmdrinks

Woodford Halse Locally brewed real ale


Meah’s Flavours of India


Luton Homemade curry sauces, bhajis and samosas

Aylesbury Non-alcoholic ginger and chilli drink from France and Gallia French beers

Monkshood Coffee Buckingham Speciality gourmet coffee and artisan tea

Moulton Pie Company Northampton Cooked, cold pies and cured meats

Lawrenny Welsh cakes, Welsh cider cake, gingerbread, diabetic fruit cake, flapjacks, bread pudding and brownies

Queens Park Preserves

Naked Waffle

Hinckley Handmade jams, preserves and chutneys

Worcestershire Waffles, Choc o Lait and fruit smoothies

Rachel’s Farm Shop

Naturally Created Caldicot Hand-crafted wooden chopping and serving boards

Nene View Dairy Stanwick Artisan goats’ cheese

Nibble Nose Cheese Lincs Cheese truckles

Paint the Sky Portraits Towcester Beautiful, creative and fun children’s portrait photography


Popty Cara

Brackley Organic rare-breed meat, reared on the farm, including sausages, bacon, ham, pork pies and salt-beef

Really Awesome Coffee Banbury Gourmet coffee, tea and cold drinks

Replete Flatbreads Rushden Delicious filled flatbreads inc. gluten free

Riverford Organic Farms Peterborough Award winning organic fruit and veg boxes


more exhibitors.. Rugeroni’s Relishes

Target Holdings

Cornwall Chilli and Garlic Relishes according to a secret family recipe

Daventry Wireless Wine Thermometer

Rural Enterprises CIC

Stoke A range of loose teas – black, green, fruit and herb – and tea accessories

Staverton Beeswax polish, vegetable and herb plants, free range eggs and home-made lemon curd, mayonnaise, meringues and marzipan

Saporito Fine Foods Market Harborough Artisan produced truffle oil, truffle sauces, rice, pasta and Italian sausages

Sarah’s Cake Boutique Towcester Wedding and celebration cakes, cookies, and traybakes

Seeds for Friends Brackley 100% organically grown seeds and grow-yourown starter packs

Stainswick Farm Shrivenham Cold pressed rapeseed oil and salad dressing

Swift’s Bakery Ludlow Artisan bakery producing traditional and speciality breads

Tempting Teas

The Buffet Company Woodford Halse Home made terrines: gammon; chicken and apricot; game; pork, liver and walnut

The Grapevine Culworth Expertly sourced wines from around the world and rapeseed oil produced locally

The Happy Little Cake Company Northampton Cakes and cake/baking related goodies

The Pip Stop Blakesley Real lemonade – freshly squeezed lemon mixed with ice, sugar and water

Tiffin Box Northampton Curry sauces and chutneys

Towcester Mill Brewery Towcester Locally brewed real ale


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more exhibitors.. Ultimate Fudge Outlet

The Little Potato Company

Middlewich Speciality and traditional homemade fudges

Norwich Fishcakes

Virtual Orchard Milton Keynes Apple juice, real cider, apple brandy, honey, honey fudge, honey marmalade, and mead

When It’s Scone It’s Gone Leek Wootton Savoury bakery and bread – gluten free, wheat free and dairy free

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Pastures Farm Yardley Hastings Crispy duck wraps, chicken satay and paprika chicken breast in ciabatta. All free range and home produced in Northants.

Prapien Sae-How Worthing Thai food – Home made vegetable and duck spring rolls; chow mein: Thai green curry, panang curry and yellow curry; Pork skewers and chicken satay; prawns on toast, prawns tempura.

Spectacular Goat

Becky’s Bhaji’s

Leamington Spa Wood-fired pizza

Worcester Freshly cooked bhajis and koftas

Steak Out

Big Daddies Diner

Christchurch Gourmet cheeseburgers

Leics Gourmet hot dogs

The Original Welsh Oggie Company

Borstall Meats Brill Home-produced beef which is slow cooked and smoked and served in rolls

Chacombe Welsh Oggies, vegetarian Oggies, sausage rolls and Welsh cakes

Victoria Creperie

Friars Farm Northampton Baked potatoes served with homemade chutneys and sauces

Stourbridge Sweet and savoury family recipe crepes and cheesecakes


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Made in Northamptonshire

Beds, Cambs and Northants Wildlife Trust Promoting local nature reserves, wildlife gardening and the children’s watch club

Guide to all of the county’s artisan producers and stockists

Master Composters Composting display and demonstrations

South Northamptonshire Council

Canons Ashby The Elizabethan home of the Dryden family now managed by the National Trust

Love Food Hate Waste Money-saving tips on how to cut down food waste

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Towcester Food Festival 2014 programme  

At Towcester Racecourse and in Town 7 - 8 June 2014

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