A festival full of flavours

PUBLISHED: 13:25 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:12 20 February 2013



Celebrate the abundant harvest of local food and drink with more than 25 different events throughout Berkshire and Buckinghamshire in the first Local Flavours Festival...

A festival full of flavours

Celebrate the abundant harvest of local food and drink with more than 25 different events throughout Berkshire and Buckinghamshire in the first Local Flavours Festival...

There's never been a better time to explore the produce on our own doorsteps and to support the producers of local food. The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire (BBO) Food Group is organising the Local Flavours Festival to promote delicious, tasty and fresh produce grown, reared and created for everyone to enjoy, featuring a host of events to help you get to know what's on offer.

So, you can brush-up your cooking skills, learn how to make delicious chocolates in a chocoholic's paradise, and find out more about vegetables grown using biodynamic cultivation while not venturing far from home. Tamara Schiopu, the executive director of BBO Food Group, explains: "This is the first time that food and drink producers from the three counties, plus many food and drink outlets will be celebrating our exceptional produce.

"The Local Flavours Festival supports the local economy. Small farmers and food producers are custodians of the countryside, especially in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and employ local people. The two new farmers' markets launching this month at Little Chalfont and High Wycombe will include produce from this beautiful protected landscape."

Your guide to the Festival is included free with this magazine. Or you can log on to www.local-flavours.net for the latest information. Most events are free, but you need to book for some.

You can also win a luxury weekend break for two at Fallowfields Hotel in Oxfordshire by completing the online questionnaire to enter a free prize draw. The Local Flavours Festival programme includes special offers and discounts for food and drink at several restaurants, farm shops and festival events.

Farm Visits and Garden Walks


6 Farm Open Day at Boycott Farm, Stowe, Buckinghamshire for a fun-filled day for all the family to learn about life on the farm.

12 Organic Vegetables Farm Walk, Tolhurst Organic Produce at Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Reading. Visit the walled garden and fields to find out how to grow an impressive range of organic vegetables.

4,11,18 & 25 Walks with the Gardener at Waltham Place Farm, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Learn about the practicalities of cultivating plants biodynamically, according to the moon's cycle.

Local Flavours tastings and courses

Throughout the Festival

Cross Lanes Fruit Farm, Mapledurham near Reading has apple tastings on Wednesdays and Sundays. Crisp, juicy, sweet and sharp, you'll sample several before deciding which you like.

Peterley Manor Farm Shop, Prestwood, Buckinghamshire is running Local Flavours tastings every day except Monday. Sample home-grown and local produce.

5, 18 and 19 September Chocolate Making at The Cocoa Pod, Rumsey's School of Chocolate in Stone, Buckinghamshire. Enjoy a chocolate-tasting session before learning how to make top quality chocolates. Choose from the full day, evening or afternoon course.

12 & 19 September Cooking with Local Produce at East Garston Community Shop, East Garston, Berkshire. Come and see what's cooking!

19 September From Tree to Treat! Mortimer Chocolate Company hosts this event at the Mortimer Community Centre, Mortimer, Berkshire. Find out how delicious chocolate drinks and fondues are made using cocoas from all over the world.

Local Flavours Menus

Throughout the Festival

Enjoy local produce from Berkshire and the Chilterns at Antony Worrall Thompson's The Greyhound in Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire, and the Windsor Grill, St Leonard's Road, Windsor. Special Festival discount with voucher from the Local Flavours Festival programme.

Reading - Food for Thought. Nominate your favourite restaurants, gastro-pubs, shops and hotels as your Food Heroes. Slow Food events, wine tastings, food samplings. Local Flavours menus in restaurants include Forbury's, tel: 0118 957 4044, where the 20-mile menu is priced at £15 for three courses, and the London Street Brasserie, tel: 0118 950 5036, where a two course local menu is priced at £15.

National Trust tea-rooms feature Local Flavours menus at the weekends. Celebrate Food Glorious Food in The Orangery at Cliveden near Taplow, The Stables at Hughenden, near High Wycombe, the tea-rooms at Basildon Park, Pangbourne and in Stowe Landscape Gardens near Buckingham.

Wine and beer

25 Ascot Beer Festival, Ascot Racecourse. (see over)

26 & 27 Stanlake Park Wine

Estate is celebrating 30 years since the first vines were planted near Twyford, Berkshire.

Marlow Food Festival

Foodies are gathering at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Marlow on September 20 for the first Marlow Food Festival, from 10am to 4pm.

The town has established itself as a showcase for gourmet dining and the festival will reflect this with a chefs' masterclass with contributions from Michelin- starred chef Tom Kerridge from the Hand and Flowers and restaurateur Michael MacDonald from the Vanilla Pod, who plans to bring some of the players from London Wasps Rugby Club with him. Chocolatier Damian Allsop from Marlow Bottom will be working his magic, as will barbecue guru Hugh Gordon of Man Meat Fire. Winners of the TV series The Restaurant with Raymond Blanc, Michele English and Russell Clement, will also be answering questions about their amazing journey which has led to the opening of their new venture The Cheerful Soul in The Hare & Hounds.

Marlow Food Festival, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow. Tel: 0870 444 8940.

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