Treats beats and plenty to eat at Valley Fest
Valley Fest, the best-tasting music festival in the South West, is shaping up to be a lot of fun.
Now in its eighth year, the festival is held between 4-7th August overlooking Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol.
Headliners of the family-friendly food and music festival include Travis, Clean Bandit, Kosheen, Faithless (DJ set) Roni Size and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club. Not forgetting the consistently biggest crowd pleaser of all: the view. Edged by the rolling Mendip hills, Chew Valley Lake provides the sparkling backdrop.
Josh Eggleton, Chef Patron of the multi-award-winning restaurant The Pony Chew Valley (previously the Michelin-starred Pony & Trap), has curated the food programme. From feasts, cooking demonstrations and Sunday sampling sessions, Valley Fest has everything a food lover could want.
Catering for all tastes and budgets, with added theatre and fire, the menu has quality and regeneration at its heart. He has brought in many of the much-loved and award-winning chefs of the South West.
The line up includes Rob Howell of Root – a Bib Gourmand winner. Saturday’s session headed up by Josh Eggleton with guest chef Jude Kereama of Kota. Prepare for sexy seafood galore. And Sunday’s menu will be a three course regeneratively-raised roast prepared by Josh Eggleton, Toby Gritten of the Pump House and Hannah Catley of Lockdown Loaves. All championing the finest produce the South West has to offer.
The sizzling and smoking hot Cooking over Fire demonstration line up includes Pete Sanchez: of Michelin-starred Casamia, Paco Tapas, Decimo London, who will be joining forces with George Livesey: Bulrush, Henry Eldon, Elliot Lidstone: Box-E, BBQ Champion, Simon Dyer. A must-see for anyone who is passionate about BBQ smoked food.
You’ll find fire elsewhere too. This year, Valley Fest has joined forces with the world-famous performing arts collective, Arcadia. Known for their iconic, 50 ft fire-spitting spider at Glastonbury, they will bring their Afterburner stage. During the day there will be a whole range of kids activities created by the Woodland Tribe. During the night, expect a big party.
New for 2022 is the Regenerative Farming Area, sponsored by Yeo Valley. Here inspiring speakers will explain how we can heal a broken system, repair a damaged planet and empower farmers and people to eat their way to a better future, through regenerative organic farming. This is for those hungry for hope.
Expect hedge-to-hedge Somerset sparkle and sizzle with a spectacular soundtrack.
Festival tickets are £170 (plus booking fee) and can be bought in instalments to spread the payment from www.valleyfest.co.uk