Glorious food at Banbury’s popular annual food fair

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Cakes for sale at the Narna's Cakes stall. NNL-160823-143407001

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Cakes for sale at the Narna's Cakes stall. NNL-160823-143407001

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Smells of food mingled with the sound of stallholders selling their wares at the Banbury Food Fair on Sunday.

Thousands of visitors came to town to enjoy food and drink in a variety of styles, including Caribbean, Spanish and Indian, and see demonstrations by well-known chefs.

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Slimming World member and consultant Mel Allcroft meets TV chef Jean-Christophe Novelli. NNL-160823-143355001

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Slimming World member and consultant Mel Allcroft meets TV chef Jean-Christophe Novelli. NNL-160823-143355001

Jean-Christophe Novelli demonstrated his French-style Mediterranean food to an overflowing town hall while locally trained chef, Andrew Scott and his sous chef, Nick Bennett, both from TV’s Masterchef the Professionals also demonstrated their skills.

Slimming World member and consultant Mel Allcroft met Mr Novelli.

She said: “What a delight it was to meet him at long last. I have been a huge fan of his for such a long time, and to finally meet him was a joy”.

Anita Chipalkatty, who teaches Indian-style cookery, showed how to prepare her favourite foods.

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Stilt walker with Jean-Christophe Novelli. NNL-160823-143433001

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Stilt walker with Jean-Christophe Novelli. NNL-160823-143433001

Colin Clarke, chairman of the council’s general services committee, said: “We have just enjoyed a superb event that has once again been a marvellous day out for the people of Banbury and the surrounding villages.

“The food fair continues to grow and the park and ride provided some relief for the town’s overloaded car parks.

“Like all our events, the food fair attracts thousands of people to the town centre and is good for trade generally.”

Among the stalls were producers selling everything from jams and chutneys, to icecream, from meat to wine and spirits.

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Exhibits at the Banbury Produce and Flower Show. NNL-160823-143419001

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Exhibits at the Banbury Produce and Flower Show. NNL-160823-143419001

Banbury’s Flower and Produce Show, sponsored by former Banbury mayor, councillor and businesswoman, Rosemarie Higham, ran alongside the food fair and gardeners, cooks, and flower arrangers were able to showcase their fruit, vegetables, blooms, jams, cakes and other items.

Crafters and children had their own categories and this year a new photography section was introduced.

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Chefs Andrew Scott, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Andrew's sous chef, Nick Bennett. NNL-160823-143343001

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Chefs Andrew Scott, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Andrew's sous chef, Nick Bennett. NNL-160823-143343001

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Cookery demonstration by Anita Chipalkattu NNL-160823-143331001

Banbury Food Fair 2016. Cookery demonstration by Anita Chipalkattu NNL-160823-143331001