Having been asked so many times about this amazing ‘festival’ John and I went to in the summer holidays, here’s a quick blog on what was there, and why it’s so worth getting hold of some early bird tickets NOW to secure your places.
The venue was Alex’s James (of Blur fame!) Cheese farm in the Cotswolds, closest place Chipping Norton. We missed out on the camping places at the actual Feastival site itself, but found a delightful little place ten minutes drive away, and they provided a mini bus to the main entrance for £10 each way.
Everyone who’s anyone in the foodie world was there…my main reason for going obviously! Lots of hints and tips stored in my brain, well my phone actually, and even got to ask questions to Anna Jones (used to work with Jamie Oliver at 15), and Deliciously Ella, who needs no explanation.
There were kitchens set up for demos, workshops, more stalls than you can imagine, selling every type of food, music stages, bandstands, bars, rides, loads of kiddies activities, and they even hired out little pulley trailers so when your toddlers got tired they could sleep happily in them, and the adults could still enjoy the event!
I was like a kid in a sweet shop wanted to see everything, listen to all the foodie peeps, try all the delicious grub …and we were only there for the day, so we packed in as much as we could.
The highlight of the day and the reason we’d both go back next year, was Jamie Oliver and Alex James DJing in the Cheese Hub together. Whether it had been rehearsed I don’t know but they fired back and forth with banter, played some amazing tunes from years ago…. including a bit of Blur (of course), and the atmosphere in the tent was electric. The cocktail bar helped, if you could get to the front for a drink!
Jamie Oliver had to leave after an hour or so as he was demonstrating recipes in the big AEG tent the other side of the site. We followed him over, and he did an hour and a half live – under the influence of ‘Jack’ as he called his previous meeting!
I met the Hemsley sisters who were busy signing their new book The Art Of Eating Well; both lovely ladies, full of fun, and very interested in my I Like It Raw t-shirt. I didn’t wear it to get attention, honest.
Alex James was also signing his new book, and after queuing for a while and eventually getting past his officious PA we had a chat with him. Top chap!
The most disappointing event of the day was Dizzy Rascal coming on the main stage at 10pm, f-ing and blinding all over the place. Not really necessary at a family do. We chose instead to listen to two DJ’s in a little bandstand away from Dizzy, playing a mix of eighties music we could bop along to.
Oh and I mustn’t forget my lovely friend Jenny Sleath, whose business Lifeboxfoodco (a monthly subscription box full of all things healthy food, and drink wise – its awesome, find it here www.lifeboxfood.com) It’s going from strength to strength. She had a stall in the foodie area, and even got a visit from Paloma Faith…Onwards and upwards from here Jen!
All in all, one of the best days of the year – we’re definitely heading back next summer.