As many slowly stirred from their sleep in the early hours of Saturday morning, people from Cornerstone Thame Baptist Church worked hard to get hundreds of traders successfully parked in preparation for the Thame Food Festival.
“The festival has grown every year and this one was the biggest yet,” says Paddy Harris, Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church. “We have a good connection with a number of community groups in Thame and so when Rob Ellis, ‘dual-hatting’ as a member of the Lions was asked to see if we would help them to organise trader parking at the recreation ground we jumped at the chance.”
Key event in the Thame calendar
Thame Food Festival is now firmly rooted in the town’s calendar as a successful local and major community event. Each year it has attracted more traders, celebrity chefs and hundreds of visitors from around the surrounding areas. Rob, commented “It was great that we as a Church were asked, and were able to help and it just shows what a great community spirit we have in Thame.”
Many traders in Thame recognise it as a fantastic event to raise their profile, attract new customers and come together as a community to celebrate food. Raymond Blanc, a familiar figure in the town plays a key part in the event as he takes to the stage to demonstrate his culinary expertise, love of great food and support of the food festival.
The day was a great success, with delicious food and a fantastic atmosphere. Money raised by the Lions for organising the parking will support local charities. “Rob has requested, perhaps quite aptly, that any money Cornerstone receive in recognition of our support, will be given to Thame’s food Bank, which is run by Sharing Life Trust who support those that can sometimes find it difficult to put food on the table. I fully support this request” says Paddy Harris.