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Masterchef judge William Sitwell to become Patron

5th April 2016

Masterchef judge, food critic and writer William Sitwell has been named as the first Patron of Towcester Food Festival.

The award-winning editor of Waitrose Kitchen will ensure the festival continues to celebrate artisan food and drink.

Crispin Slee, founder of the festival, said: “William is without a doubt our greatest local foodie and he has been brilliant in the way he has supported the festival.

“He is selfless in his support of local food. He has been kind enough to open the festival for the last two years and tours the stalls each year, seeking out the best local produce.

“There is a wonderful sense of excitement as he makes his rounds and stops by for a chat. One stall-holder was so over-awed last year she sent a member of the public to chase after him with a sample!”

Sitwell, who lives in Weedon Lois, will open the festival again this year. He said: “I’m delighted to serve as Patron. Towcester Food Festival is a great event in south Northamptonshire’s culinary calendar, good for the town and good for the local food culture.”

Towcester Food Festival is a celebration of artisan food and drink with more than 100 food and drink stalls, wine and gin tasting sessions, cookery classes for kids, free chef demonstrations, live music, a family circus and a world street food market. It is supported by South Northamptonshire Council as part of the council’s drive to support tourism and the local economy.

The festival takes place at Towcester Racecourse on Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12. It is open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Adult tickets are £6 in advance, or £8 on the day. Family tickets are £15 in advance.

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