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The Big Feastival, Kingham. Food, glorious food.


Food, food and more food. Oh and some music.

That’s pretty much what The Big Feastival is all about.

I love a food festival. Bristol does some crackers throughout the year and Cheltenham has a great one in the summer. When I found out Jamie Oliver and Alex James ran a mega food festival only 30 minutes from Cheltenham, I knew we had to go.

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The festival has been running for a few years now and begins on the Friday through to the Sunday.

You have the option to camp over the whole weekend but knowing how I’d probably eat my weight in food in 48 hours, we opted just to go for the day.

The festival is located in Kingham, on Alex James’ farm. There are several areas including the health food area, kids den, the main stage, street food lane. One area included an oversized deck chair that was a fun task to get in to.

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There are plenty of samples to try and a huge selection of both food and drink options. We made a quick decision on lunch, knowing we’d never come to a final decision if we dithered any longer.

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We went for a dirty dog with jerk slaw chips (so messy they give you a pair of pink latex gloves to wear; James loved them) and a chorizo pizza – sharing of course.

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Still maintaining the food theme, there were talks from various chefs and food experts throughout the weekend. As well as demonstrations and interactive classes that we enjoyed from the comfort of straw beds.

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We also listened to a free talk about how to eat yourself happy.

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Well known chefs in attendance included The Body Coach, Madeline Shaw, Deliciously Ella and Nathan Outlaw amongst many others who were all on hand to offer foodie advice.

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Later in the afternoon, after a day of eating and sampling top notch food, groups began to gather in front of the main stage and wait for the music events to kick off.

We played on a swing.

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We’d been lucky with the weather all day but as the sky started to darken and the temperature dropped we decided to make a move.

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A great day out and I can imagine a perfect mini getaway for families. At about £45 per adult ticket the prices are a little steep but there is plenty to keep you entertained and enough free samples to keep bellies full all day.



  • Kate Shaw (@kes1981)

    We went on the Sunday – and it rained so much! A brill festival – can’t wait for next year!

    I can highly recommend the VIP tickets – even tho they were £50 extra. A glas of champagne, much better toilets (hot running water!) and standing right next to celeb chefs – plus somewhere warm to shelter from the rain!

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