Food critic to open Towcester Food Festival

William Sitwell working in his vegetable patch. ENGNNL00120120204174350
William Sitwell working in his vegetable patch. ENGNNL00120120204174350

Food critic William Sitwell, who has appeared on TV’s Masterchef, will officially open Towcester Food Festival.

The self-confessed foodie will also tour stalls at the two-day event in June before taking part in a 45-minute question and answer session with BBC journalist Mark Lawson.

William, who lives in Plumpton, near Weedon Lois, will also give a talk entitled Foodie History: 4,000 years of food in 3,000 seconds which taps into his food historian roots and includes vignettes from his latest book A History of Food in 100 Recipes.

He said: “I’m delighted to be doing my bit for the festival. Any event that encourages local food culture should be a cause for celebration.”

Visitors will also be able to go home with a bottle of William’s own cider, 3Cs, which he makes with two friends.

Crispin Slee, festival director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that William and Mark are taking part. They are Goliaths in their respective fields, highly celebrated and multi-award winning, so the Q&A promises to be a lively and fascinating exchange.”

The festival, held for the first time this year, will take place on June 7 and 8 at Towcester Racecourse. It is expected around 5,000 people will visit to browse 70 artisan food and drink stalls, street food vendors, chef demos, food workshops, crafts and live entertainment.