Thame Food Festival CIC is not-for-profit run by a small group of local people. In 2018 there are two paid event co-ordinators, working part time at a nominal rate, organising the event with additional services brought in and paid for on an ad hoc basis as and when required. There are two other Directors who contribute their invaluable skill set to the festival during the year and a Financial Director.
As a community interest company this is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.
In 2018 we have financially invested in a ‘Local Artisan Producer Bursary’ as part of our community support. We are also giving space for free to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Thomley and the WI at Denman College so they can raise both money and awareness over the two days of the event.
On top of that we are supporting another local social enterprise, Dottie about Cake and the local Lions Club and Rotary Club.
Over the years the festival has attracted the fantastic support from scores of celebrity and local chefs who have come to the festival to demonstrate for absolutely NOTHING. Not a penny. They have come because they love what they do, and they are happy to be part of our celebration of great local British produce.
Behind the scenes there is also a a wealth of volunteer support that makes sure the event happens of which we are very grateful.
We aim to grow the festival year on year, but keeping our roots with the local and national food community strong. We want Thame Food Festival to be a family occasion with plenty to keep grown ups and children happy – make it it the best it can be for family days out.
But we also won’t forget that this is primarily a Food Festival so we will keep the standards high and remain true to our ‘Supporting British Food’ ethos. Because what is a food festival without delicious food?
MORE DELICIOUSNESS COMING TO YOU IN 2018