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Festival tastes success at smashing first event

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A food festival will return next year after the ‘rip-roaring success’ of its first.

Towcester Food Festival, held at Towcester Racecourse, was enjoyed by 6,000 foodies across the two-day event at the weekend.

People were able to sample local goods from 70 exhibitors as well as being entertained by William Sitwell, editor of Waitrose Kitchen magazine.

He opened the event with an ode to the festival before smashing two square plates as part of his ‘square plate amnesty’.

The food critic then held a question and answer session with broadcaster Mark Lawson and festival founder Crispin Slee said the pair were ‘absolutely amazing’.

Mr Slee said: “It was two media titans sparring with each other in this wonderful informal arena. It was just remarkable.

“But the whole thing was a rip-roaring success. The first had to be successful and I can confirm there will be one next year which will take place on the same weekend.”

He added he was ‘overwhelmed’ to hear positive feedback not just from visitors but from exhibitors.

He said: “One guy (Russ Stubbs) who makes top-end pasta sauce goes to the Ludlow Festival which is the largest in the county.

“He sold more stock in the rain at the racecourse than he does on a good day there.

“He has already booked his accommodation to come back next year.”

Festival-goers travelled from as far as Leeds and Bristol to come to the event and Mr Slee was keen to thank everyone who made it happen.

He said: “Especially the volunteers who gave up their time to be festival makers and in particular a lady called Louise Ward, who helped with the administration.

“Also South Northants Council for their support. They’ve been absolutely superb.”

Next year’s festival will take place on June 6 and 7.

See our slideshow of pictures.

 

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