This festival hosted by Jamie Oliver and Alex James in the North Cotswolds looks to be like great celebration go our county’s finest food.
The Big Feastival along with The Royal Agricultural University, FWP Matthews Millers and Hobbs House Bakery has launched ‘The Wheat Project’, which will take over the festival’s allotment patch this summer. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Potato Patch, Alex James was joined by Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert and children from Kingham and Bledington primary schools’ gardening clubs to plant wheat, rye and spelt varieties that will be ready to harvest at this year’s The Big Feastival, taking place from 28 – 30 August.
For the very first time, The Big Feastival will have a flour mill onsite for ‘The Wheat Project’. Over the festival weekend, festival-goers of all ages will be encouraged to harvest their own wheat, rye or spelt from the crops planted today with The Royal Agricultural University. They will then mill it into flour with FWP Matthews Millers, before joining the team from Hobbs House Bakery to make their very own dough and produce wonderful flat bread creations.
The Big Feastivalwill continue to embrace the ‘grow your own’ movement, giving children attending the festival the opportunity to experience the process of bread-making from seed to loaf.
Tom Herbert of Hobbs House Bakery added: Our Grandfather used to grow and mill his own wheat for his bakery. We are delighted to be sharing this same experience with the next generation. Our life is a celebration of food, to go to a festival where food is on the main stage is going to be tasty. We are hungry for this.”
In addition to ‘The Wheat Project’, The Big Feastival has loads of family fun across the weekend – top artists, chefs and children’s entertainers will be appearing over the three days. This year’s line-up includes Paloma Faith, Groove Armada (DJ Set), Raymond Blanc, Monica Galetti, Nathan Outlaw, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park and the new Healthy Living Zone.