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Valley Fest 2019 - treats, beats and plenty to eat!

July 25, 2019

 

 

Valley Fest, the best-tasting music festival in the South West, has an outstanding line up this year: Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Razorlight and Tom Odell are headlining!!

 

The music festival, which takes place between 2nd - 4th August 2019 alongside Chew Valley Lake, also showcases the region’s finest produce. From charcuterie to cheddars and ciders to

sausages, it’s hedge-to-hedge Somerset style and sizzle.

 

Now in its fifth year, Valley Fest’s line up has always included some big names as well as

plenty of rising stars. And the consistently biggest crowd pleaser of all: the view. Chew

Valley Lake provides the sparkling backdrop that is edged by the rolling Mendip hills.

 

 

Live acts and DJ sets.

 

This year Nubiyan Twist, Stealing Sheep, Henge, Dutty Moonshine Big Band, The Magic

Numbers and Honeyfeet are on the bill. Valley Fest has got a much bigger DJ line up this

year. Norman Jay MBE, will be serving up some good times. There will also be a DJ set

from Leftfield plus The Nextmen are playing too,

Lazy lakeside lushness

And the consistently biggest crowd pleaser of all: the view. Part of Valley Fest’s appeal

is the lazy lakeside vibe. And artists which perfectly cater to that include Ishmael

Ensemble and Three Cane Whale, whose debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews

as one of her Top Five Modern Folk Albums.

 

 

Food glorious food

 

The region’s culinary heroes and heroines will be cooking up a storm day and night in

the form of feasts. Owner of the Michelin-starred Pony and Trap, Josh Eggleton,

together with Rob Howell, Head Chef of Root, which recently won a Bib Gourmand

award, are at the helm on Saturday. They are serving a six-course feast during the

afternoon and evening. On Sunday, the Free Range Chef will be serving up 3 courses of

vegetarian sharing platters – expect a fusion of flavours from the Middle East and Italy.

Not forgetting the gorgeous boozy brunches, which will be offered by the Riverford

Field Kitchen on Saturday and the Yeo Valley Canteen on Sunday.

 

Love local

 

Valley Fest is about celebrating food in the South West and the passion of those who

produce it. Most of the fresh ingredients will be coming from the festival’s neighbours at

The Community Farm. The meat will be sourced from Luke’s farm (the land on which

the festival takes place) or Combe Farm – just down the road. In short you don’t get

much more local than that!

 

Regionally-sourced tapas will be served all day in the iconic tipis by The Monmouth

Table, (pictured) run by Annie Coplestone and Carlotta Paolieri. Annie has worked for

Moro, River Cottage and River Café.  The Artisan Market will be stuffed with goodies.

There will be cooking demonstrations from Masterchef quarter finalist: Hope Pointing

and Elly Pear will be cooking recipes from her brand new book: Green. Huge BBQs are

scheduled too - think tractor-sized rotisseries!

 

A variety of talks are schedule - subjects range from veganism to body confidence.

Workshops on pickling, foraging and gardening are planned. Plus there will more street

food than you can shake a stick at. In short, there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste

buds.

 

Wellbeing

 

Weleda will be offering Skin Food facials. Yoga, massage, meditation, mindfulness, reiki and

singing workshops are available to help rejuvenate and refresh. Plus talks on body

confidence.

 

Charity fundraising

 

Much of the drive to run the festival comes from the fund raising opportunity it creates. Last

year, Valley Fest raised £14,479.15 for Teenage Cancer Trust. Luke's mother Sandra Hasell very sadly died of ovarian cancer. She had so much energy and a huge love of life - just like Luke. That is why Valley Fest wants to support teenagers through a cancer diagnosis, so that they have the best chance of thriving and also loving life. The money raised will help to

ensure that young people in the South West don’t have to face cancer alone.

Luke says: “We were so proud of our fundraising efforts last year and have got some

cracking ideas for this year. Plus I’m so excited about our line up! Basement Jaxx are going

to get the weekend off to a flying start. Razorlight are going to bring the rock’n’ roll and

Tom Odell’s showmanship is something to behold, my parents would have loved it.”

 

Value Fest!

 

And the best bit?! Adult weekend tickets are only £125 (plus booking fee) and can be

bought from www.valleyfest.co.uk.

 

They are selling out in record time, so join the party while you can!

 

The event is perfect for food lovers, first-time festival goers, plus young and maturing

families. No long treks across site and plenty of activities for everyone. Expect hedge-to-

hedge Somerset sparkle and plenty of nonsense with a spectacular soundtrack. This is West

Country wildness at its best. Everyone is advised to arrive hungry.

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