Popular food festival returns in style for bank holiday

Foodies Festival at South Park in 2019. Picture: Ed Nix
Foodies Festival at South Park in 2019. Picture: Ed Nix

A POPULAR culinary festival returned to Oxford, with various chart toppers headlining the bank holiday weekend.

Foodies Festival in the city’s South Park saw a mixture of live music and food stalls.

The weekend kicked off on Saturday with The Feeling – known for hit tracks including Fill My Little World and Never Be Lonely.

The Sussex band was then followed by Toploader on Sunday, and Natalie Imbruglia yesterday.

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Daniel Lee, winner of last year’s MasterChef: The Professionals, and fellow finalist Aaron Middleton also made appearances at the festival.

Among the food and drink stalls was A&M Cocktails, from London.

Co-owner Murray Alexander said: “It’s been nice, everyone’s been friendly and it’s been good weather.

“It’s good to be back here for the first time since Covid.

“This is the best one I’ve done in Oxford and the good weather has helped.”

Oxford Mail: Murray Alexander, co-owner of A&M Cocktails, at Oxford’s Foodies Festival. Picture: Liam Rice
Oxford Mail: Murray Alexander, co-owner of A&M Cocktails, at Oxford’s Foodies Festival. Picture: Liam Rice

Murray Alexander, co-owner of A&M Cocktails, at Oxford’s Foodies Festival. Picture: Liam Rice

Calvin Irvine, of Brighton’s woodfired pizza stall 800 Degrees, added: “It’s been alright, not bad but not brilliant.

“It’s our first time here and it’s been a good atmosphere, it’s been good eating weather.”

Hifza Aubid, from Bakistry Ltd in Slough, said: “This is our first year doing it in Oxford, and the seventh or eighth festival this year.

“It’s been alright, we’re doing artisan gelato so can’t lower the prices and it’s been a bit of whatever happens, happens situation.

“People have been very good and are having a good time.”

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This story was written by Liam Rice, he joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

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