5 reasons why Valley Fest is a culinary event in its own right
Valley Fest is a rural gathering, encouraging festival-lovers from all around to get on, not off, their land! But it’s also an event for foodies. With so much food-based fun going on, it’s hard to deny it’s a culinary event in its own right!
1. The Wedding Feast
The Wedding Feast is taking place on Friday night to kick off the festival with a bang alongside the White Wedding club night. Help celebrate the perfect marriage of food and drink with an indulgent four-course meal served on china – yes, china – plates designed and prepared by chef Paul Collins. This feast will include roast beef, Antarctic Rock and Roll, a cheese wedding cake and a glass of bubbly. Entertainment? You’ve got it! Theatre group 6FootStories will be thrilling the crowd, and getting everyone involved in some nuptial shenanigans. Tickets for the Wedding Feast are £28
2. Midnight Feast
The midnight feast is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festival, a traditional Valley Fest celebration of both organic food and childhood memories. Allow yourself to step back in time to the carefree days of midnight feasts, and share some great food and a laugh with those around you. For just £5, you’ll receive a little box of midnight delights: an organic cheese toastie, boozy hot chocolate and an organic brownie. All this will be enjoyed against the backdrop of lovely fire pits, music and theatre from 11pm on the Saturday night.
3. Sunday Picnic
Love a good picnic? Leave it to the top chefs! Between 1-3PM on the Sunday, you can enjoy the most indulgent picnic you’ve ever had. You’ll be sitting in full view of the lake, choosing to sit on tables or on blankets, and you’ll see the chefs as they cook up the most delicious organic food and serve it to you personally. Take this chance to have a perfect break from the thrill-packed weekend, and enjoy the stunning views with some fine food. Adult tickets are £9, and children’s tickets are £6.
4. The Chew Down
The Chew Down is the home of the foodie side of the festival – you won’t miss it, it’s in the Big Top. Venture in and you’ll find all sorts of fun to be had. You might stumble on a demo, an eating challenge (think fluffy bunnies), a potato puppet making session, a grub quiz and a whole lot else! All of this will be presented by seasoned festival performers, 6 Foot Stories.
5. Cooking Sessions
Cooking sessions are your chance to take something useful away from the festival in the form of foodie knowledge. This year, cooking sessions will be led by top chef Josh Eggleton – the Michelin starred chef patron of the acclaimed Pony & Trap and more – as well as organic champions Abel and Cole and Tideford chefs, plus many more. To keep you on your toes, there will also be a Ready Steady Cook hosted by Phil Haughton of Better Food, root veg decorating sessions with Natasha CLutterbuck, and sampling sessions with Boston Tea Party, Tideford, Yeo Valley and others.
Grab your tickets here!