A taste for Towersey

– Promoting great local food thanks to Thame Food Festival collaboration
– Over 30 top real ales and ciders on tap

What's Cooking

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Artisan foods, the best local produce and a range of leading ales and ciders are all on the menu this August Bank Holiday at Towersey Festival.

The famed Oxfordshire festival, which runs from Thursday 22 to Monday 26 August 2013 has always prided itself in seeking out the very best, and this year is no exception, with an exemplary food and drink line-up accompanying performances from The Blockheads, The Unthanks, Bellowhead’s Spiers And Boden, Show Of Hands and Swiss cajun punk trio Mama Rosin, to name but a few.

Some of the finest local food and drink producers set to visit Thame Food Festival in September will also be heading to Towersey Festival, bringing the first ever daily local produce market to the event.

Fantastic local foodies, including Sally Dickinson of What’s Cooking and Lotte Duncan of Lotte’s Kitchen, have gathered up like-minded growers and producers to bring their finest fresh fruit and vegetables, great local cheeses as well as bread, pies, cakes and more to festival-goers camping out. All the ingredients for fabulous fare, every day of the festival.

A spokesperson from Thame Food Festival said: “With Towersey now in its 49th year and the food festival in its sixth, it’s good to be able to work together to promote great local food.”

Meanwhile, Towersey Real Ale Festival’s well-stocked cash bar boasts over 30 real ales and ciders, courtesy of FestivAles.

Katie Smith of FestivAles said: “This year we have a storming line up of new and some ole favourite ales from award winning independent brewers. If you like hoppy beers, we have 2012’s ale of the festival Summer Lightning back in force, plus Festival ale from our friends at Oxfordshire Brewery and the easily quaffable Avocet, a gorgeous hoppy citrus organic sup. Rock Ox and Calypso Calapso will be sure to get your feet twitching towards the dance floor while if you’re feeling a bit starry eyed, look out for Moongazer from Tring, local Chiltern Gold or Darkness from Exeter, a rich and velvety stout.”

Other ales Katie recommends include Vale Brewery’s Wychert (“a deliciously malty auburn beer, named after the local Haddenham walls…”) and Hooky’s new beer, Lion.

A full list of ales and beers will be announced soon. Look out too for details of special Tasting Sessions, where brewers will be introducing their ales in person, and telling the tales behind them, plus special promotions. There’s also the chance to win a brewery tour by voting for the best festival ale.

Towersey Festival runs from Thursday 22 to Monday 26 August 2013 at Towersey, Oxfordshire. Day tickets begin at £10, with full five-day festival tickets from £55. Under 5’s free. Camping and concessions available. Discounts for Towersey and Thame residents. Entrance to the Showground only (10am-6pm, Sat-Mon) is £8 and £3 for concessions.

For further information and to book tickets, call 023 8071 1818 or see: www.towerseyfestival.com

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