Sunday in Banbury was a day to remember for food connoisseurs and drink devotees.
The town’s annual Food Fair saw the Market Place packed with 80 stalls selling a wide range of food and drink – with tastes and flavours from around the world.
Thousands of people packed into the town centre to sample and buy the goods on offer and to watch cooking demonstrations and cookery competitions.
Visitors were also able to relax in a Pimm’s area or take high tea as the sun shone on the event.
Celebrity masterchef Paul Da Costa-Greaves was a popular attraction in the demo marquee with his innovative and nourishing meals. He was supported by Banbury cooking school Pudding Pie which revealed some useful techniques and interesting recipes.
Yolanda Tapping, who originates from Penang, demonstrated Malaysian cooking to an enthralled audience.
In another marquee, three Ready Steady Cook-style competitions entertained large crowds – the highlight of the sessions being a contest between town mayor Cllr Nicholas Turner and former councillor and local gym owner Dave Earle – with Cllr Turner earning a narrow victory.
Banbury’s long-established Flower and Produce Show was also part of the programme and hundreds of entries – fruit, vegetables, cakes, jams, chutneys, and flowers – were judged before members of the public were invited to view the exhibits.
Cllr Turner said: “I’m proud that Banbury Town Council has organised such a fantastic event and I’m pleased that so many townspeople and visitors turned out to support it. There was something here for everyone and I think very few people went home empty-handed.
“The cook-off was great fun and the judges said it was a close call – but Dave and myself enjoyed the competition and I think the audience did too.”