Oxfordshire is better known for its educational institutions and economically buoyant HighTech and HealthTech businesses, but Oxfordshire also boasts a thriving food and drink sector.
There are numerous food and drink events in Oxfordshire showcasing local produce - from handmade cheese to artisan breads to craft beer, as well as featuring celebrity chefs and nationally recognised food and drink experts.
So whether you're looking to discover new products, watch chef demonstrations or just indulge in lots of food and drink, here's our round-up of the unmissable food and drink festivals in Oxfordshire and beyond to help you make the most of the foodie season.
Saturday 11 May to Sunday 12 May
Whether you’re looking for locally sourced food, a special gift or unique craft decorations for your home, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The Dorchester Food & Gift Fair - set in the stunning cloister garden of Dorchester Abbey - makes a perfect day out for all the family.
Sunday 19 May
Held in the magnificent mediaeval church of St Mary’s, the Witney Festival of Food and Drink or Witney Food Festival is a charitable event run by an enthusiastic team of local volunteers. It is now a firm fixture in the life of the town.
Saturday 25 May to Monday 27 May
The sixth annual festival takes place over the Bank Holiday Weekend and will feature regional food producers and drink experts, including artisan bakers, craft brewers, gourmet burgers, international cuisine, traditional ice creams, and handmade sweets, and to meet celebrated chefs.
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June
After a fantastic first year, the Stonor Food Festival is back with a Father’s Day Special weekend event on June 15 and 16, on the front lawn of Stonor House, in the picturesque Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire.
Saturday 22 June
The Abingdon Food and Drink Festival will return to the fantastic riverside location at Rye Farm Meadow. It's a charity event, organised and run by the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper to help local organisations that are well run for the benefit of the local area.
Sunday 18 August
Located in Banbury’s Market Place, the Banbury Food Fair celebrates the wide range of high-quality food and drink produced in the town and surrounding area and provides a wonderful opportunity for people to experience a friendly and sociable atmosphere.
Friday 23 August to Sunday 25 August
The Big Feastival 2019 is a three-day family-friendly live music and flavour-packed food festival taking place on Alex James' Farm near Kingham in the Oxfordshire over the August bank holiday weekend.
Saturday 24 August to Monday 26 August
The UK’s biggest food festival, heads to South Park Oxford with a mouth-watering summer festival, live music, workshops, masterclasses and of course Top Chefs, plus brand new extended Kids Zone with Kids Cookery theatre.