The Muddy Guide 27 Sept – 3 Oct

27th Sep 2013

The Thame Food Festival, Sat 28 Sept

Over 150 stalls, celebrity chefs (Tom Kerridge of The Hand & Flowers, Adam  Simmonds of Danesfield House, some bloke called Raymond Blanc), kids cookery and loads more, this food festival has grown into a local powerhouse in just a few years. New for 2013 is a free park and ride service into central Thame from the Showground (Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3JL) with London routemaster buses, running every few minutes. Go forth and scoff.

ISSA London Sample sale, South Molton Lane, W1, Thur 3 – Sat 5 Oct

I’m always incredibly jealous by the sheer number of sample sales that take place every year in London – such a great way to buy designer clothes cheaply. If you happen to be in central London next week, take a detour to South Molton St and snap up ISSA bargains at up to 60% off. Make sure you parade your new purchases in mid Bucks to really pee me off! £2 admission fee for charity.

The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5LF. 3 Oct, midday – 8pm; 4 Oct, 9am – 8pm & 5 Oct, 10am – 5pm

New shops alert

I’m yet to visit these new shops so can’t vouch for their brilliance as yet, but it’s a friendly Muddy hello to the gloriously named Yummy Mummy Moments in Great Missenden, produce store 2 North Parade in Summertown, a soon-to-open Sweaty Betty in Beaconsfield and one we all know will be a corker, The White Company’s brand new store in central Oxford  – just opened yesterday!

Pull, Brew, Melt festival at Waddesdon Plant Centre, Sat 28 – Sun 29 Sept

Those crazy Gyre & Gimble boys, winners of the Muddy Stilettos Awards for best cafe, are in charge of this charitable event that involves three of my favourite things in life – coffee, tea and chocolate. This free event was massively popular last year and for 2013, as well as the obligatory caffeine buzz, there’s music, mad science for kids, hand-tossed fresh pizza, banger and spits and, well, yours truly! Yes sirree, I’m going to be blogging at the event on Sunday so come and say hello, and bring us a flat white while you’re at it.

Henley Literary Festival 30 Sept – 6 Oct

Irvine Welsh, Kate Adie, James Cracknell, Gill Hornby, JoJo Moyes…. the author list for this festival is pretty special. I’m going to try really hard to make this one, as apparently the whole town buzzes with it for the week. Download the programme  and start plotting.

Aldeburgh Food Festival, Suffolk, 27 Sept – 13 Oct

Slightly off boundary, I grant you, but if you feel like getting away for a weekend, you could do worse than land in the foodie heaven of Aldeburgh. This festival is a real heavyweight, going on for two weeks with its own conference and Fringe! You can also expect all the usual celebrity demonstrations from the likes of Valentine Warner, Thomasina Miers, and Sarah Raven, workshops, bake offs and stalls. When you think you can’t possibly face any more polenta, freshly baked bread or olives, head to the beach for some fish and chips.


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