Wide Choice of Food (Archive)
There will have tastes of the Caribbean, Greece, Italy, Spain, India and of course, England at the Big Olney Food Festival this Saturday. BOFF! as it is known will attract hundreds of people to try the amazing selection of food in this historic market town. Special flags will be flying to mark this celebration.
As well as an amazing array of food available on the day, restaurants, pubs, cafes & a local deli' are all working together on a 'Festival Feast'.
For just £10 a ticket, including a glass of wine or beer there are four courses on offer. The great value of the ticket is down to determination to show off the culinary delights of Olney, already famous as the home of the pancake race.
James Lomax, Licencee of the The Swan Inn said "It gives us a chance to showcase what we as a town can offer, not just us as individual places to eat. And it is a celebration of food, bringing people together to have a good time."
Matt Proskey of Much Ado Delicatessan is providing paella in giant iron urns in the Market Place. He is looking forward to the big day. "We want want to have a big party. Loads of our customers are coming and with the live music there should be a great atmosphere," he said.
Matt is also one of those doing a cooking demonstation (making a Spanish tortilla) and there will others on Caribbean cuisine, Inidan, Chinese and more. There will also be 'speed wine tasting sessions' in one of the marquees, plus a chance to
do a workshop on preserving.
Already ticket sales for the Festival Feast have been high, both in the town and from miles around as people take the chance to buy online at www.VisitOloney.com.
The thought of providing BBQ in the Market Place for hundreds doesn't phase Farad Bezchi of the Courtyard brasserie who said, "of course, we need to be organised,
but its no problem."
The main launch event may be in the Market Place, but the Festival continues for a week. Shopkeeper will be in on it - with window displays on a foodie theme. Even Davis Opticians, which will have a food for healthy eyes display.
Many local eateries have a special Festival Menu, inlcuding the well respected Swan Inn which is offering a 2 course meal for £10 all week. Sue Blacklock, who runs it, said "We want to join in too so we have put a lot of thought into our menu, after all there's a chance we'll win the prize for Best Festival Menu!"