TV MASTERCHEFS and festival favourites are on the menu as a popular celebration of food and drink returns to Oxford for its tenth year.

Foodies Festival is back and set for its ‘best yet’ year at the end of this month, with a hearty helping of star chefs and a headline set from a chart-topping music act.

The festival, which attracts around 25,000 visitors, is back in the city from Saturday, August 24 to Monday, August 26 with MasterChef favourites Delia-Maria Asser, Nawamin Pinpathomrat and Shelina Permalloo as well as an array of local chefs all cooking up a storm at picturesque South Park.

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And once the mouth-watering array of food and drink has been sampled, foodie-lovers can sing and dance until the sun sets as headline act Scouting for Girls take to the stage to belt out festival favourites including This Ain’t a Love Song, She’s So Lovely and Elvis Ain’t Dead.

Foodies Festival’s milestone anniversary in Oxford will also dish up more than 100 exhibitors and award-winning artisan producers, a Street Food Village, Cakes and Desserts Theatre, Kids Cookery School, Healthy Living Area, Chef’s Theatre and Food and Drink masterclasses, as well as the first ever dog arena.

For the second year running, the festival is supporting Musicians Against Homelessness with tickets raising money for UK-wide homelessness charity Crisis.

Festival director Sue Hitchen said: “We love Oxford, its history, its setting and its foodies.

“Over the years the event has become extremely popular with all ages, especially the city’s millennials.

“It’s interesting to see how students are now absolutely fascinated with food and nutrition. Our music offering underlines that and makes this a fully rounded event with something for everyone. We have a record number of exhibitors and music acts and plan to make our milestone event the biggest and best yet.”

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Cllr Mary Clarkson, Oxford City Council Cabinet Member for Culture and City Centre, added: “We’re delighted to welcome the Foodies Festival back to Oxford again this year.

“It’s a much anticipated treat for Oxford foodies, and with the mix of live music and children’s activities it’s a great family event and an annual fixture in our lively events calendar.”

The event will welcome back MasterChef 2018 runner-up and post-doctoral medical scientist at University of Oxford, Nawamin Pinpathomrat.

Scouting for Girls will be performing at the festival along with leading Queen tribute band Flash and a host of upcoming soloists and music acts.

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The band said: “All of us in Scouting for Girls are very excited to be playing Foodies Festival. We love food! We love festivals! We love music! What is not to like? We’ll be playing all our favourite hits to end what should be a perfect summer's day."

“We’re very proud to be headlining the Musicians Against Homelessness stage in support of Crisis, the national charity for homeless people. Homelessness is a growing problem all over the UK and every penny raised helps save lives. We are looking forward to seeing many of our fans there.”

For every ticket sold, the festival will make a donation to try to put a stop to homelessness in the UK.

Tickets, including VIP packages, are now on sale at