Lotte Duncan has just posted this message on Thame Hub answering the various messages that were on the thread....
We think it has relevance here on our FB page too....
Hello everyone, I have read all your comments - the main one that jumps out is the fact that you think that the mapping of the stalls within the town could be better. Jack - please do volunteer and help us next year - if you are an expert we would love to have you on board...always looking for volunteers. I would like to address this by saying that we have to keep a FIRE LANE around the whole of the event - we have all the various agencies advising us and health and safety is behind everything we do as responsible event organisers. So because of this we cannot go - 6 feet to the left by the Cross Keys. (fire lane) Down North Street (fire lane) by dominoes (fire lane) Buttermarket (fire lane).
We spend a year organising this festival for you all, many hours and time making sure it is an event you enjoy. I personally bring in my friends (chefs) who get paid NOTHING to demonstrate for you all on the day. We cannot continue in the town because the event is huge and YES we do need money for it to continue.. Of course we do! If we don't make money - you don't get the festival. The only income is from stall holders booking a pitch and some sponsorship - that is it. The festival cost £80K this year - please have a look at our website, there is a video on there that explains it all to you.We are not money grabbers and I certainly don't think of myself as a big wig, Sharon. Behind the scenes there are people who work very hard on the festival - un-paid directors, volunteers and event co-ordinators (Alison and I) Thame Food Festival has made a logical decision based on many different things to move it to the Show Ground, where we will put on an amazing two day festival once again for you all to enjoy. I do hope that those of you who, at the moment say you're not coming, change your mind - we would love to see you there. Yes there will be a small charge to enter - but children will be free. And that small charge will guarantee that you have a Food Festival that is viable and sustainable - because resources and infrastructure cost money and guess what - you need resources and infrastructure for an event to happen! So please, before being mean about what we do, ask US the question you need answering - we are more than happy to oblige. And perhaps think before hurling insults at people who have spent many years and many hours putting on a fabulous Food Festival for you all...year after year.
And one last thing - thank you to the positive messages on this thread - much appreciated - they are very nice to receive. Lotte x ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago ·
A wonderful event run by some very wonderful people....and with so many amazing Thame Food Festival producers! We'll be there! ... See MoreSee Less