‘Food, Glorious Food’: Banbury’s Food and Drink Festival makes a triumphant return


Jasmine Gilbert tastes a rum cake at the Caribbean Store with Jessica Hutchings holding the samples.

Around 100 traders packed into the town’s market square for the return of the Banbury Food and Drink Festival, with the various stalls offering treats and flavors from around the world.

The trader’s stalls in the Market Square were stacked with a wide variety of tasty food and drink, and shoppers were faced with mouth-watering choices and free samples as they browsed the displays in the bustling food court.

Culinary demonstrations by celebrity chef Paul Da Costa Greaves were well attended and the public were able to take home new and exciting meal ideas. Da Costa Greaves also found time to speak to audiences before and after his shows.

Celebrity chef Paul Da Costa Greaves entertains the public at the Banbury Food and Drink Festival.

Alfresco dining was popular with visitors and tables and chairs were set out in the market square for shoppers to relax, eat and drink the many foods available. Hundreds of people dined and drank outdoors, enjoying the sunny weather and tasting the produce they had just purchased.

Musical entertainment came from four fabulous live acts, the festival gave local solo artists the chance to showcase their talents. Musicians Leigh Chambers, Paul Proctor, Rebecca Mileham and Pete Watkins entertained the crowd throughout the afternoon festivities.

Visitors to the festival described it on social media as “well organized and a great atmosphere” and “a wonderful event with so many people” and many expressed their anticipation for next year’s Food and Drink Festival.

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