Masterchef judge, food writer and passionate foodie William Sitwell will take part in a question and answer session at Towcester Food Festival.
He will open the festival, tour the stalls and take part in a 45-minute Q&A with journalist, author and BBC Radio 4 broadcaster Mark Lawson.
Mr Sitwell will also present a talk entitled: ‘Foodie History: 4000 years of food in 3000 seconds’, with extracts from his book ‘A History of Food in 100 Recipes’.
William, who edits Waitrose Kitchen magazine, said: “I’m delighted to be doing my bit for the festival. Any event that encourages local food culture should be a cause for celebration.”
Best known for his work with the BBC, Mark Lawson has conducted more than 3,000 radio and TV interviews with stars like Dame Helen Mirren, Woody Allen and famously Russell Crowe.
Crispin Slee, festival chief executive, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that William and Mark are taking part. They are Goliaths in their respective fields, highly celebrated and multi-award winning, so the Q&A promises to be a lively and fascinating exchange.”
William not only writes about food and drink, he makes his own cider with two friends - one of whom played and wrote for the funk band Jamiroquai - and their 3Cs vintage cider will be on sale at the festival.
Organisers expect that about 5,000 people will attend the two-day food festival, which takes place at Towcester Racecourse on Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8.
Mr Slee has promised at least 70 artisan food and drink stalls, street food vendors, chef demonstrations, food workshops, crafts, and live entertainment.
Fringe events are also being organised in the town, including a fringe street food festival and real ale trail.
The festival is being supported by South Northamptonshire Council.
Tickets for Towcester Food Festival are now on sale at: www.towcesterfoodfestival.co.uk