Thame has certainly been busy lately – life in this lovely South Oxfordshire market town goes on even when the Midsomer Murders crew isn’t filming in the area! In June, pop singer Peter Andre graced the town’s usually-sedate carnival with his presence; creating a rock concert-style atmosphere while filming an episode of ITV 2 show Here to Help.

And last Bank Holiday Monday (30th August) a Manchester United Legend’s side featuring players such as Denis Irwin, Frank Stapleton and Sammy Mcllroy took on Thame at the town’s ASM stadium. The game ended 2-2 with Clayton Blackmore and Andy Ritchie scoring for the visitors.

With Thame’s 4th Food Festival due to take place on 24th September, the excitement in the town shows no sign of letting up.

Kicking off the latest of gastronomical events in Midsomer County, the festival will start at 9am in the town centre and the organisers have laid on food-based treasure hunts, food-making stalls, children’s workshops and street entertainment.

There will be no shortage of expert cookery demonstrations as chefs from Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir au Quats Saisons are due to appear. Mark Peregrine will be one of these chefs – he has promised to prepare a three-course meal for two in just 40 minutes.

Mark won’t have far to come as the restaurant is based in nearby Great Milton – another fine South Oxfordshire place food-lovers must visit.

If you do intend to attend the festival please bring along a tart! TV chef Lotte Duncan will be judging the Thame Tart competition at the town’s Spread Eagle hotel at mid-day.

Get more information about the Thame Food Festival and a delicious recipe for Thame Tart.

And to see what you missed here’s a short video about the 2011 event produced by Thame TV.