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.
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.
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’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.