Calling all food start ups

14th March 2016

The organisers of Towcester Food Festival are calling local, start-up food businesses to urgently get in touch.

They offer ten bursary places to fledgling businesses each year but this year just three companies have been in touch.

Festival organiser Crispin Slee said: “We are very proud of our bursary scheme and in the past two years we have helped 19 people starting out.

“This year we’ve had just three applications so far. All of them have been successful. There must be other new businesses out there who need a helping hand.”

Bursary winners enjoys free promotion via the festival website and guide, 20,000 copies of which are distributed locally. They also get  £100 discount on their stall and publicity via the festival’s social media feeds.

Gary Bradshaw, who makes Cobbler’s Nibble Cheese in Northampton and is a previous winner, said: “Winning a bursary gave us a real boost.”

Three businesses have already won bursaries to this year’s festival which takes place at Towcester Racecourse on Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12.

Daisy Baker, from Pipewell, near Kettering, is the youngest ever winner. At just 17, she has launched her own artisan sausage business, Baker’s Bangers, following in the footsteps of her father who was butcher.

The second winner is Esmee Sansome-Jones, a mother-of-two from Wollaston, who has created Honeysuckle Hampers, offering collections of locally-produced food.

The third winner is Masala Cuisine, an authentic Indian catering company in Northampton, run by friends Dharma Kantelia and Pallavi Shah who share a passion for great cooking.

To apply for a bursary at this year’s Towcester Food Festival, simply email your story, in no more than 250 words, to

Towcester Food Festival is a celebration of artisan produce with over 100 food and drink stalls, a street food market, live music, chef demos, free tasting sessions, pony rides and a free kids circus.



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