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What's On in Southern Oxfordshire?

There's always something interesting going on with events, festivals, shows, exhibitions and fairs happening all year round. This events diary will keep you up to date with what's on in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse so you can plan your visit.

Although major events such as the Henley Royal Regatta, Thame Show, Rewind, Wallingford Food Festival, Thame Food Festival and Henley's Festival of Music and the Arts attract massive publicity, there are plenty more events taking place.

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Taste authentic 'blackbird pie' at Faringdon Farmer's Market -

06/05/2014 10:00

This May, Faringdon will be celebrating 'Blackbird Day' and the unique connection the town has with the Poet Laureate Pye who wrote the famous nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence. Look around the town, and you will see evidence of those literary connections. 
 
Can you see the blackbirds escaping from the pie on the house on Gloucester Street, as well as those hiding in the woods surrounding Folly Tower?  Let us tell you why they are there....  The connection dates back to Henry James Pye (1745-1813), Faringdon's very own Poet Laureate. His poetry was often subject to mixed reviews, and his birthday ode to King to King George III was so bizarrely florid that a literary critic of the time lampooned his poetry and punned his name in the now popular nursery rhyme containing the lines "…four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie”.
 
Sample Blackbird Pie at Faringdon Farmers’ Market - Tuesday May 6th, 9.00am-12.00pm
The Farmers’ Market will host an additional stall on Tuesday 6th of May.  Lesley Holdship, home economist, food stylist, writer and owner of Faringdon delicatessen The Hare in the Woods, will offer market-goers the opportunity to sample authentic blackbird pie, in a free tasting to shoppers.
Lesley is excited by the challenge of recreating this legendary recipe, and is confident she will do it justice. "Believe it or not it is a traditional dish, using rook and pigeon and other meats to make a cold game pie. These days we may not find these ingredients as appetising as we once did, but it is part of our rural history.”


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