Story by Fiona Byers
At last, a festival that truly celebrates the simple virtues and pleasures of food and music all under one sky. After the phenomenal success of 2009’s sold out festival, Harvest at Jimmy’s returns to Jimmy’s Farm in September. Music festival meets foodie’s playground at this colourful and completely unique event in Suffolk.
“I love the way it feels so intimate and everyone is so friendly, just like a fete, a farm to take your kids to and then you have fantastic music as well, it’s great!” Jo Whiley, Radio 1, who will be playing an exclusive set on the main stage at this year’s festival.
Food takes centre stage at Harvest. Whether you’re savouring regional delicacies from the carefully selected farmers market, getting your hands dirty at a cooking master class, watching a demonstration by a Michelin starred chef such as Angela Hartnett, grabbing a bite in the River Cottage Canteen, living it up Mexican style with Thomasina Miers at Wahaca or generally joining in the fun with the Hairy Bikers, we hope there will be something for your inner foodie. Mark Hix, Tom Parker Bowles, Atul Kochhar, Oliver Rowe, Rachel Allen and Valentine Warner are also joining the party, with a much-anticipated appearance from super blogger MyDaddyCooks aka Nick Coffer and his 2 year old son Archie.
On Saturday catch The Zutons as they stir things up with their effervescent hits such as ‘Valerie’. Also join The Futureheads as they rock the crowd with sing along classics and new tracks from their album released April 2010. Sibling trio Kitty, Daisy and Lewis will join the festival fresh from supporting Coldplay in America and with knock out reviews, promise not to disappoint. Sunday boasts a more chilled line up with Newton Faulkner playing his hit ‘Dream Catch Me’, folk sensation Kate Rusby and a host of others from Son Of Dave bringing the blues kicking and screaming into the 21st century to Mexican new-folkers Vadoinmessico.
Family friendly Harvest present a festival exclusive with ‘Charlie & Lola’s Best Bestest Play’ as part of the rolling field of delights for the younger amongst us. From a pirate adventure, woodland crafts and adventure playground to den building in the woods, cooking lessons and a very special taste adventure courtesy of Slow Food, where they endeavor to inspire, stimulate and captivate.
Gypsy caravans, yurts and wooden cabins line the streets in the boutique camping field giving festival goers the chance to stay and soak up the surroundings for the whole weekend. Also bursting through the Harvest seams are gardening workshops and talks in the walled kitchen garden, delicious tasting and sampling sessions, lively street theatre, a surprise pop-up restaurant and so much more.
Let your imagination and taste buds run riot at this perfect end of the summer celebration of all things food, music and family. Nominated for Best New Festival and Family Festival Award – UK Festival Awards 2009.
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Notes to editors:
Tickets are available in multiple combinations and this year there is the addition of camping facilities. Adult day tickets are Â£32.50 whilst a weekend ticket is fantastic value at just Â£85 with camping included. Children aged 6-17 can camp for Â£35 for the weekend and young kids go free.
About the author: Fiona Byers is the promoter for Harvest at Jimmy's