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A festival of scoffing and quaffing? We’re in!

Food festivals are a huge trend as our tastes have become increasingly gourmet – gone are the days when festival grub consisted of horrible hotdogs from a dodgy van.

A mouth-watering new one arrives in our midst next month – The Chilterns Food & Drink Festival, which runs 25 March – 2 April. I don’t know about you but I’m always available for scoffing and boozing-based activities, funnily enough. You can book now for a range of events, across a variety of locations, all of which will showcase the best of our region’s plentiful produce. How about a cheese-tasting walk on the Nettlebed Estate on 27 March? (How many minutes do you have to walk to burn off 8,000 calories of cheddar? I’m er, asking for a friend). Alternatively, this sounds great fun – a tour of the Chilterns’ vineyards on electric-bike on 30 March (can I request a tandem and a designated driver please?)

Harrow and Hope vineyard, Marlow

There are courses from the likes of Rumsey’s, a chocolaterie in Thame that holds *cough* absolutely no interest for me (yeah, extra chocolate on the cappuccino please and a side of those little buttons).

Or – shout out to the mums – a cream tea aboard the Leighton Buzzard railway on Mothering Sunday, 26 March. There are loads of other activities to choose from, catering to all tastes and greediness levels, and not hideous chien de chaud in sight.

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