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Food, frocks and frolics at Wycombe Harvest
A FEAST of food, dancing, singing and retro merriment came to Wycombe at the weekend as the annual Wycombe Harvest festival took to the High Street.
Stalls selling locally sourced produce and a live cooking demo stage were joined by the Mayor’s 50s themed cream tea dance party at the Guild Hall yesterday.
The tea party, awash with retro bunting and vintage dresses, was organised to raise money for Mayor Trevor Snaith’s nominated chairites, Child Bereavement UK and One Can Trust.
Dancing displays courtesy of troupes from Bucks New University and Wycombe Action Trust kept visitors entertained, along with a spot of mayoral dancing as everyone joined in the fun.
Cllr Snaith said: “We were looking to do something that could engage the whole community together, and with the harvest festival going on, we decided to put on the 50s themed tea dance party alongside it.
“It’s great, we’ve had dancing groups, singers and it’s just a bit of fun while raising money for charity.
“All credit to British Retro too for providing the look and feel of the whole event.
“We’ve served over 200 cream teas which is brilliant. Plus, my exceptional dancing skills have been put to good use!”
The Family of God Church, which worships in the Guild Hall, helped out with the organisation and decorated the Guild Hall in full African-style splendour.
Cllr Snaith also led tours around the council building, where the Mayor Making ceremony takes place each year.
Alongside the tea dance, stalls from food sellers, charity groups and organisations lined the High Street, including representatives from Wycombe Environment Centre, Shopmobility and Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative.
And The live demonstration stage featured the aromas of the Indian Subcontinent as food writer, cook and traveller Ivor Peters, aka The Urban Rajah, gave a cooking masterclass including Asian-style fried chicken.
Food and drink sellers from around Bucks also got in on the act, with producers including Bradshaws of Buckinghamshire ice cream makers, Thame-based brewery XT and Kirsty’s Kitchen, serving award-winning Scotch eggs.
The Wycombe Harvest was organised and funded by the High Wycombe Business Improvement District Company.
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