About the Food Festival
Witney Festival of Food and Drink, or WFOFAD as it has fondly become known, is now a firm fixture in the life of the town and we are very proud of that. In five years it has grown to be recognised as a very significant event, not just for the town but for the surrounding area from where we draw our stalls and producers.
The magnificent mediaeval church of St Mary’s provides a very splendid venue, together with spacious Church Green, and we are grateful to Henry Box School for the use of their courtyard.
We have strict criteria for inclusion in the festival. We were advised by several local producers, when we first mooted the idea of a festival, not to become too big but to keep things local and special, and this we have done.
There are many food festivals around the country which are generic, and at which you may find many of the same stalls. At WFOFAD our stalls are from within a 35 mile radius (Crayfish excepted!), so local and delicious continue to be our watchwords.
This festival doesn’t happen by magic. There is a dedicated group of volunteers who beaver away throughout the year to get everything in place to make the day so special.
Being run by local volunteers gives the day a totally different feel to many professional food festivals, and I just want to thank them, the businesses who sponsor and support us in so many ways, and all the helpers on the day itself, for creating something really special for West Oxfordshire.