July 26 2017

Valley Fest (4 – 6 August): ultimate food festival fun

Festival season is in full swing, Piggies! And we’re stocking up on sunscreen and polishing our wellies (best to make sure all possible weather outcomes are covered) for Valley Fest, the UK’s only organic food festival, taking place in the utterly gorgeous surroundings of Chew Valley Lake, Somerset, across the weekend of Friday 4-Sunday 6 August. If you’re in search of a uniquely lovely foodie fiesta, this is the one for you.

Amongst the lively line-up of events and activities on the festival schedule, Friday night kicks off proceedings in fine style with a wedding feast to go alongside the White Wedding club night: celebrate the perfect marriage of food and drink with a 4-course meal and a glass of bubbly courtesy of chef Paul Collins at the Yeo Valley Canteen, plus entertainment provided by theatre group 6FootStories (£28pp). On from this, festival favourites the Midnight Feast and the Sunday Picnic make a welcome return this year, highlighting the festival’s ethos of sharing great food and good times together. The Midnight Feast (from 11pm on the Saturday evening) satisfies those late-night munchies in the form of a little box of ‘midnight delights’ including an organic cheese toastie, boozy hot chocolate and an organic brownie to be enjoyed around the fire pits accompanied by music and theatrical spectacles (£5pp), while the Sunday Picnic (from 1pm and 3pm; adults £9, kids £6) is a chef-prepared picnic feast served against the backdrop of an incredible across the lake.

The foodie side of the festival is hosted in the Chew Down Big Top, which will play host to myriad fun family-friendly, super-fun activities and demos plus cooking sessions with Josh Eggleton, Tideford chefs, Abel and Cole and others, a root-veg themed art workshop with artist Natasha Clutterbuck and even Ready Steady Cook with Phil Haughton of Better Food and friends, who will all be using Community Farm produce to cook up a spontaneous storm. Meanwhile, there’ll be sampling ‘Meet the Maker’ sessions with Boston Tea Party, Tideford, Yeo Valley, Story Butcher, Community Farm and others, while TV chefs and co-hosts of the Carib-Asian Cookery Show Pat Hart and Sherrie Eugene Hart will be creating some wonderful fusion dishes with a heavy dose of laughter and heart.

Is this the ultimate foodie festival? We think so! And it’s all taking place pretty much right on our doorstep. For full details including entry fees, event ticketing and the price for the full-on weekend camping experience (day tickets also available), visit the Valley Fest website.

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