Banbury has a new dish !

The Visit Banbury “Create a Banbury Dish” Competition has found its winner for 2015!

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Sunday 9th August 2015 saw the culmination of a few months’ work by the Visit Banbury team, our partners and most importantly a number of local chefs, to find a new savoury dish for Banbury as part of a new competition for enthusiastic cooks and chefs to create a brand-new dish for Banbury and help us put our lovely historic market town on the food map!

Visit Banbury launched as a community organisation back in January 2015 and very quickly identified the growing food trend in Banbury as an area in which to develop projects to interest and excite Banbury residents and to promote Banbury, its culinary diversity and heritage.

The competition, the idea of Visit Banbury team member and project lead Tina Huyghe, was very much focused on promoting the values upon which Visit Banbury was established, such as Community, Collaboration, Local Cohesion, Inclusion, Diversity, Happiness, Positivity and Fun !

The intention was to work together with food-based organisations and the public to find a savoury dish which could be identified as the Banbury Dish for 2015 and shared with all of the local eateries who could then do their interpretation to put on their menus as follows:

Key project objectives:

  • Help put Banbury on the food map
  • Collaboration between various groups and businesses in Banbury in a common purpose
  • The promotion of Banbury as a foodie tourist destination linked to the Food Fair
  • A way to generate publicity for Banbury and the Visit Banbury Project
  • A new tradition established for Banbury, to be run annually in future

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Fortunately, following a number of discussions we were quickly able to link up with just the type of organisations we had wished for, the Catering Department at Banbury and Bicester College, Banbury Cookery School at Little Amsterdam and Banbury Town Council’s Events team responsible for the Banbury Food Fair, so the project would be truly collaborative.

Over time, we added Naomi’s Café & Bar, Your Letterbox, The Grass Man, the Art Framing Workshop, Tudor Photography / Banbury Wedding Cars, Chiltern Railways, Cherwell Trophies and a well-known chef who trained locally, to the list of kind people and organisations who have gone out of their way to help us on the project, so truly becoming Banbury-wide.

The competition was open to anyone of any age who had Banbury in their address.

The competition brief:

  • Can be any type of hot or cold savoury dish
  • Easy to prepare or cook (not time-consuming)
  • Use fresh ingredients, locally sourced if possible to give a Banbury identity
  • Be cost-effective
  • Provide a vegetarian alternative if your dish is meat or fish-based
  • Easily adapted by local restaurateurs to reflect Banbury’s culinary diversity

The 3 finalists, Rebecca (Becca) O’Brien, Christina Welz (both from Banbury and Bicester College) and Phil Seal (a sous-chef working at the Coach and Horses in Butcher’s Row and freelance chef) were selected by a panel of judges after cooking their dishes at The Cherwell Restaurant of Banbury and Bicester College & The Coach and Horses in semi-final cook-offs at the end of June 2015. semifinal

An earlier Visit Banbury blog tells all about the initial stages.

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https://visitbanbury.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/an-exciting-new-competition-for-banbury-the-visit-banbury-banbury-dish/

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Christina Welz and her honey-glazed loin of pork with fennel and caramelised apple.

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Becca O’Brien and her lamb shoulder with pea purée.

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On Sunday morning they again cooked their dishes at The Banbury Cookery School at Little Amsterdam in front of a packed restaurant at a special brunch session hosted by Visit Banbury, wonderfully compered by the inimitable Steve Gold and produced by Ilja Harvey Andrews (who was also one of the judges) and her team, who said “What a great morning. It was fabulous”.

Other comments can be seen from those tweeting using the hashtag #BanburyDish – click below

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BanburyDish%20&src=typd

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Ilja Harvey Andrews of Little Amsterdam

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Steve Gold of Visit Banbury

8 Judging

Official judges Tina and Marta of Visit Banbury deep in contemplation alongside Naomi Perkins of Naomi’s Café and Bar and Ilja. They were joined by “Mr Banburyshire Info”, Ian Gentles, who is also in the Visit Banbury team and Sophie Jones from Your Letterbox.

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4 judges and an additional 11 public tables tasted the delicious creations and decided on who had best met the specification of the competition, their reasoning linking their dish to Banbury, their proposed vegetarian alternative and by providing a cost-effective, locally sourced recipe and of course, the chef who executed their food with the best presentation and taste.

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After a close competition and much deliberation, the judges decided that Phil Seal and his “Banesebury Purple Pigeon Salad” was the winner of the Visit Banbury “Create a Banbury Dish” competition 2015 and he was awarded his trophy by Cllr John Donaldson who, as The Grass Man, had sponsored the purchase of the trophy from Cherwell Trophies in Parsons Street.

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Phil is seen here with Tina Huyghe of Visit Banbury.

The winning Banbury Dish 2015 “Banesebury Purple Pigeon Salad”.

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After his victory at Little Amsterdam, Phil then went along to demonstrate his dish in front of a public audience at the Town Hall as part of Banbury Food Fair and then presented his winning menu to Town Mayor Cllr Mepham on behalf of the whole of Banbury.

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The Mayor congratulated Phil on his winning dish and also gave thanks to the Visit Banbury project team for organising new innovative, local project events in Banbury to coincide with his second Mayoral term. Later Phil said “thank you so much for today” and it “was so nerve-wracking”.

Visit Banbury will now share the winning recipe with all of the local restaurants and pubs for them to put their own twist on it for customers to try. Already, The Coach and Horses and Little Amsterdam have agreed to add their versions of the dish to their menus. This will be promoted to encourage people into the town’s restaurants to try the Banbury Dish 2015.

If you are interested in having a version of the Visit Banbury “Banbury Dish 2015” on your menu and for Visit Banbury to promote you please contact Visitbanbury@aol.com or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

In addition to the opportunity to cook at the Banbury Food Fair and to meet the Mayor and have his menu shared across Banbury, Phil also took away the trophy, a Visit Banbury Commendation plus a very special prize as follows, about which Phil said “amazed by the prize, really looking forward to it” and “I cannot wait to see how the man does it himself”.

  • On an agreed date in the future, the winner and a guest of their choice will be picked up in style and transported from their home to Banbury train station in “Marilyn” the amazing 1969 Mark II 2.4 Jaguar limousine courtesy of Helen & Harry of Tudor Photography / Wedding Cars Banbury; (Photo courtesy of Tudor Photography)

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  • On arrival at Banbury train station, they will travel on VIP passes for the day courtesy of Chiltern Railways on their network, allowing access to the Business Zone of the train, travelling to London Marylebone to spend the day as they wish; (Photo courtesy of Chiltern Railways)Chiltern Railways
  • Afterwards the winner and their guest will make their way to the heart of the West End to enjoy dinner as guests of Gordon Ramsay and his team at Heddon Street Kitchen, in Regent Street Food Quarter, W1B 4BE and to experience the kitchens first hand as part of a brief tour to meet the professionals at work; http://t.co/EBOk2BxqBQ (Photo courtesy of Heddon Street Kitchen / http://www.Gordonramsayrestaurants.com)IMG_6930
  • Then back to Marylebone to travel back to Banbury with Chiltern Railways and a taxi paid by Visit Banbury back home.

Visit Banbury were particularly thrilled to get the support of Gordon Ramsay who trained as a chef in Banbury. In a direct message to Tim Tarby-Donald, tweeting as @VisitBanbury on Twitter, Gordon advised that he “would love to support in some way” as “it was Banbury Round Table that helped fund me”.

Visit Banbury have been working with Gordon’s team at Heddon Street Kitchen and they have been very generous and flexible in helping us offer our young chef and his guest an amazing, inspirational prize.

“Gordon seems to have taken a particular interest in this competition supporting young chefs in Banbury” said Tim, adding “Gordon even tweeted Phil on Sunday to wish him Well Done”.

Thanks from The Visit Banbury Project Team to the organisations who have worked in conjunction with us to achieve our goal of creating a food competition for the Community within Banbury.

Visit Banbury Banbury Dish Competition 2015 Partners

Banbury and Bicester College, Banbury Cookery School / Little Amsterdam, Banbury Town Council / Banbury Food Fair, Naomi’s Café & Bar, John Donaldson – The Grass Man, Tudor Photography / Banbury Wedding Cars, Chiltern Railways, Your Letterbox, The Art Framing Workshop, Cherwell Trophies and to a certain GR who trained in Banbury and the team at Heddon Street Kitchen in London.

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Tina with Phil’s winning recipe presented to The Mayor and Phil’s Visit Banbury Commendation for winning the competition.

As part of the food projects in the pipeline, the Visit Banbury team are looking to include all of the recipes from the finalists in a Banbury Recipe book being developed, plus work is already underway to explore how Banbury Cheese and Banbury Ale might be revived as local food and drink products and a very exciting project using chocolate is being explored with a view to creating wonderful sweet souvenirs.

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All rights reserved Visit Banbury 2015. Photos copyright of Visit Banbury unless otherwise stated and credited.

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My new life…

Hi – probably if you are reading this you have received a message from me saying goodbye to all of my colleagues and business associates on my last day in the office, working for Xerox. 

As I said, my future is not yet fully defined but all I know is that the Visit Banbury project is going to feature heavily in it for the foreseeable future, whatever I end up doing longer term.

If you are interested in knowing more, take a look at the posts within this blog and keep an eye of http://www.visit-banbury.co.uk in the coming months to see a big step in our project, the Visit Banbury Hub. 

 This will showcase all that is positive and exciting about Banbury and it will also explain what we are doing to make Banbury residents feel a sense of community, pride and happiness about living in the town. 

 To understand more about how I arrived at this decision take a look at these two videos which have helped inspire me: 

The Big Lunch Extras Project 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hP-ThmasTiI 

Simon Sinek “Start with Why” 

 http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en 

 What I would LOVE you to help me with is some funding – we are going to working hard exploring every avenue to generate revenue and obtain funding support, but in start up mode of a social enterprise it isn’t easy and so we are going to be doing a Crowd Funding activity in the near future.

If you feel I have ever contributed to your success in any way over my almost 20 years in Xerox, please help me by supporting this venture with whatever you can.

If you want to contact me about this directly before we launch the Crowd Funding activity please email me on visitbanbury@aol.com or contact @VisitBanbury on Twitter. 

 Many thanks & big love to you and yours! 

Tim 

Tim Tarby-Donald 

Founder – Visit Banbury

     

 

  

Yet Another Visit Banbury Prize Winner

Recently we ran a competition in conjunction with Little Amsterdam, the lovely new Dutch Pancake House, Deli and Café in North Bar, Banbury. http://goo.gl/ZQKQDs

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The aim was to take a #Banburyselfie a photo or video showing someone in front of a well know Banbury landmark.

The winner of the competition, Sian Morris who is organising the Forget Me Not Ball https://www.facebook.com/pages/Forget-Me-Not-Ball/1020769294607163 and training to do Warwick half marathon with her friend Amanda Baxter, took a post run selfie with Banbury Cross in the background, which summed up some of what we are trying to promote in the town – the kindness of people doing things for others, mixed with the history and heritage of our lovely town.

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Today I met up with Sian and Ilja who owns Little Amsterdam to do the presentation of a £50 voucher to spend on food and drink in Little Amsterdam.

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I think Sian may be kindly going to put the prize into the list of amazing raffle and auction prizes she and Amanda have obtained to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society & the Stroke Association, so one of you still may have chance to win a lovely prize !

Sian also managed to get her photo in the recent “Be Positive About Banbury” film we made – see if you can spot her !

Thanks very much to Ilja and Little Amsterdam for supporting this competition.

Just goes to show – following @VisitBanbury has its benefits 😉

Visit Banbury Competition – “Be Positive About Banbury” Film

VisitBanburyDigitalCompetition Two for “Be Positive About Banbury” week in the run up to the Banbury Positivity Summit – but unlike yesterday’s you need to be super quick to win this one!

We recently spent a day filming in Banbury for the Visit Banbury “Be Positive About Banbury” film which is soon to be aired but there is something missing – YOU!

The only downside was that we only had the film crew for four hours so just could not get round to see everyone we hoped to, so we are now giving you the chance to film or photograph yourself in front of your business, place of work, college or school, a local Banbury landmark, monument or just somewhere you love about Banbury.

We want you to do a fun photo or video selfie and to tweet it to us @visitbanbury with the hashtag #visitbanbury.

The winner will be in the “Be Positive About Banbury” film launching this week!

logoWhat’s more….. Someone else who is positive about Banbury and who has supported the Visit Banbury project since relocating her cookery school to Banbury and opening a fab new Dutch Pancake House, Deli & Café is Ilja Harvey Andrews of Little Amsterdam.

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More details here: http://goo.gl/ZQKQDs

To help Visit Banbury celebrate the lovely people and places in Banbury, Ilja has very kindly offered us an amazing prize of a voucher for Little Amsterdam worth £50 to give away to one lucky tweeter! All you need to do to win is to follow http://www.twitter.com/VisitBanbury and send us a single tweet with a photograph or video selfie by MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY (TOMORROW) using the following hashtag: #VisitBanbury

The prize is a £50 voucher to spend on food and drink at Little Amsterdam.

_DSC9524Full details are: Little Amsterdam, 13-14 North Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 0TF. The prize will be valid for use up until the end of March 2015.

No cash alternative is being offered. Only over 18s can use the voucher to purchase alcohol.

All entries received from tweeters who are following @VisitBanbury at midnight on 11th February (TOMORROW) and who have tweeted a reply using #VisitBanbury will be considered.

Any tweets with offensive or abusive language will be disqualified.

The entries will be reviewed on Thursday 12th February and one tweeter will be selected as having sent the best competition entry based on the positivity, humour and creativity of the tweet response.

The judges’ decision is final and the winner will be notified on Thursday 12th February.

By entering the competition you agree for your tweet to be used in the Visit Banbury project in whichever way we see as appropriate (e.g. future promotions and presentations).

See Ilja’s businesses on Twitter

www.twitter.com/LittleAdamFood

http://www.twitter.com/banburycookery

NB. Neither Visit Banbury nor anyone associated with the project team is earning anything from this competition, it is purely being run to promote Banbury and as Ilja kindly offered a super prize to coincide with the Banbury Positivity Summit, Valentine’s Day and pancake WEEK next week.

A few Ts&Cs: by tweeting us your video or photo selfie you agree to appear in the film and you accept that the Visit Banbury Project becomes the legal owner of all footage.

We reserve the right to use and disseminate the images and film recorded both online and offline, in digital or physical formats and to share across social media networks and the internet more generally, as well as with all types of news media and in participating you agree for the Visit Banbury project to do this.

We reserve the right to NOT use any footage for whatever reason we find appropriate but in particular as it relates to good taste and decency and our project and brand values and ethos.

We have other fantastic competitions in the very near future and if you are interested in working with the Visit Banbury team on a promotion or more generally, please contact us on visitbanbury@aol.com or tweet us!

BIG LOVE TO YOU ALL!

 

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Visit Banbury Competition Time

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Visit Banbury Competition – We Love Banbury

Hi there, well this week sees two big events, firstly the Visit Banbury team are celebrating everything that is great about Banbury at the Banbury Positivity Summit on Friday 13th and, of course, this Saturday is Saint Valentine’s Day.

We at Visit Banbury have a very special present for the whole of Banbury to show how much we love Banbury and all will be revealed this Saturday with a few people getting a very exclusive sneak peek on Friday.

However, we want to know what YOU love about Banbury and we have a very special Twitter competition to get you to tell us.

One of our favourite Banbury ladies who is SO positive about Banbury is Kirsty Pearce who owns and runs a number of businesses in Church Lane, The Style Bar, The Penthouse and Groom Barbers……

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When you visit the Style Bar in Banbury, you can be sure of a truly unique experience. The hair salon’s experienced hair stylists offer an extensive range of ladies hairdressing services.

For head-to-toe perfection, step into The Penthouse – Banbury’s beauty salon. Using professional beauty products such as Xtreme lashes, phd wax and Shellac manicures, the Penthouse’s experienced beauty therapist will make you feel totally relaxed and pampered – and looking your very best.

Groom … the Barber’s shop in Banbury – exclusively for men.  Groom caters for men who want a traditional finish or more contemporary men’s hairstyling.

http://www.banburyhairsalon.co.uk

http://groomroombarbers.co.uk/groom/

To help Visit Banbury gather all of your feedback about what you LOVE about Banbury, Kirsty has very kindly offered us an amazing prize worth in excess of £150 to give away to one lucky tweeter!

All you need to do to win is to follow www.twitter.com/VisitBanbury and send us a single tweet with a message by MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY using the following hashtag:

#ILOVEBanbury

 And then your reason…..

 You only have 140 characters including the “#ILOVEBanbury” part so be creative, positive and concise.

The prize is a Colour & Cut plus Lashes, worth over £150! A wonderful Valentine’s present for you or a loved one. The full details are:

Any colour service, cut and finish with Kirsty, Kayleigh or Corey and a full set of Lash Perfects with Jayne. A skin test will be needed. The prize will be valid for use up until the end of May 2015. No cash alternative is being offered.

All entries received from tweeters who are following @VisitBanbury at midnight on 12th February and who have tweeted a reply using #ILOVEBanbury will be considered.

Any tweets with offensive or abusive language will be disqualified.

The entries will be reviewed on Saturday 14th February and one tweeter will be selected as having sent the best competition entry based on the positivity, humour and creativity of the tweet response. The judges’ decision is final and the winner will be notified on Saturday 14th February.

By entering the competition you agree for your tweet to be used in the Visit Banbury project in whichever way we see as appropriate (e.g. future promotions and presentations).

See Kirsty’s businesses on Twitter too!

www.twitter.com/banburystylebar

www.twitter.com/beautypenthouse

www.twitter.com/groomroom

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NB. Neither Visit Banbury nor anyone associated with the project team is earning anything from this competition, it is purely being run to promote Banbury and as Kirsty kindly offered a super prize to coincide with the Banbury Positivity Summit and the Saint Valentine’s Day weekend.

We have other fantastic competitions in the very near future and if you are interested in working with the Visit Banbury team on a promotion or more generally, please contact us on visitbanbury@aol.com or tweet us!

BIG LOVE TO YOU ALL!

VisitBanbury – Be Positive About Banbury – the film !

Hi all!

I have recently tweeted you or spoken to you about being ready to be in a film we are making in Banbury tomorrow, Friday 16th Jan., so here are the details….

As part of the VisitBanbury Project, we want to promote the town and everything positive about it and so we are making a short video to be shown initially at an event we are organising on Friday 13th Feb.

It will then be posted to social media platforms across the internet hopefully to get everyone to share it in their networks, as well as being shared with the media, so as many people as possible (both locals and tourists) can see what makes us all happy to call Banbury home.

We have a great upbeat piece of music as the backing track and we are going to be cutting still photos (B&W and colour) in with video footage we take to make a film which goes perfectly with the VisitBanbury logo and branding.

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Plus we will be including videos and photos we receive as part of a competition being run over the next week. More details will follow but the winners will get £50 to spend at Little Amsterdam http://littleamsterdam.co Banbury’s very own Dutch Pancake House, Deli and Café.

We are really lucky to have a professional film maker Ben Atkinson of ATS Films http://www.atsfilms.co.uk making the film for us. Ben lived locally until moving to Stratford so he is also positive about the town and the project.

Between 10 and 2 tomorrow we are going to be coming to see your businesses and we want you to get your teams outside for a few minutes to capture you and your business to include in the film. If possible we’ll also capture you in front of a Banbury landmark.

Great FREE publicity for you, your business and Banbury, so please get involved.

We are going to be starting at Pinto Lounge around 10am and so tweet @visitbanbury to confirm you are ready for us to come and film you.

Have fun, big smiles and Be Positive About Banbury !

Thanks
Tim, Kate and Ben from the VisitBanbury Project.

A few Ts & Cs:

By agreeing to participate in this filming you accept that the VisitBanbury Project becomes the legal owner of all footage.

We reserve the right to use and disseminate the images and film recorded both online and offline, in digital or physical formats and to share across social media networks and the internet more generally, as well as with all types of news media and in participating you agree for the VisitBanbury project to do this.

We reserve the right to NOT use any footage for whatever reason we find appropriate but in particular as it relates to good taste and decency and our project and brand values and ethos.

 

 

Project VisitBanbury

Hi my name is Tim and I live in Banbury, North Oxfordshire.

Welcome to the new blog for VisitBanbury, fresh for 2015 !

Hopefully in future posts I will be able to explain what the idea of the VisitBanbury project is all about and what activities are taking place related to the project.

It will also be a way in which I can use more than the 140 characters I have primarily used on Twitter to establish #VisitBanbury to connect people in and around the area and to promote local businesses, activities and events.

If you need to contact me try @visitbanbury on Twitter, leave a comment on this blog or email VisitBanbury@aol.com !

Happy New Year and enjoy the ride !