(Image Olly Murs by: David Savill Photography)
Trying to create a family friendly festival that caters for everyone isn’t an easy task, but celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Blur bassist-turned-cheesemaker Alex James seemed to have just about managed it. Now in its sixth year, The Big Feastival has cooked up a delicious recipe filled with culinary superstars (including Rick Stein and Bake Off’s Candice Brown,) children’s entertainment, live music and more food than you could ever dream of.
Jamie Oliver has taken a step back from organising The Big Feastival 2017, however, Alex James said that his creation is ideal for people with families who “still want to jump up and down but probably want to eat nice lobster and chips and have a glass of bubbly.” With the festival site boasting everything from a Veuve Clicquot bar to James’ famous Cheese Hub and even a Waitrose it seems that he knows exactly what his audience wants.
This year, whilst supping a pint of Doombar or glass of Sipsmith Gin, we were treated to incredible performances from acts such as Embrace, The Cuban Brothers, Ella Eyre, Olly Murs, The Cribs, De LA Soul, Madness all introduced by BBC favourite Jo Whiley on the Main Stage.
With good food being such an important focus of The Big Feastival, festival goers were continuously invited and encouraged to take part in light hearted cookery lessons in the NEFF Cookaholics Cookery School.
However, if you’d rather relax and gain inspiration from a celebrity chef, guests of The Big Feastival were able to do just that at The NEFF Big Kitchen, where they were treated to talks from well known chefs such as: Melissa Hemsley, Nathan Outlaw, Gizzi Erskine, Olia Hercules, Antonio Carluccio and even Jamie Oliver.
Whether you’re at a festival for the music or to indulge in culinary delights, you still want to look the part. Fashion magazine favourites like Fearne Cotton and Natalie Imbruglia were spotted enjoying the sunshine on the farm this year pushing the style stakes undeniably high, but dressing for festival season can be seriously tricky. You want to ooze the effortless cool that the fashion pack manage to pull off, but trying to maintain this while battling the elements isn’t quite as easy as it looks.
Forget flower crowns and sequins, your festival wardrobe needs to be able to let you dance the night away, walk for miles without getting your feet wet, keep you cool in the heat and nice and toasty on the walk back to your tent. Not too much of an ask. Layers and sensible footwear are a must but that doesn’t mean that your style has to suffer. Here are our top three essential items for your festival survival kit:
- GO UNDER COVER.
A 90’s parka is a festival must have and well worth investing in. Pop over a floral tea dress with black biker boots for the classic Kate Moss look. A pac a mac is also essential to have at hand to avoid the oh so chic bin liner over the head look should the heavens open!
- LAYER UP.
Layers are your best friend when you’re going from day to night in a field. Load up on fine knits, plaid shirts and other toasty layers that you can peel off when you warm up. A pair of tights in your bag can also be a lifesaver when the weather turns!
- WALK THIS WAY.
It may seem like an obvious one, but the right footwear can make or break your festival experience. In a situation where you’ll be walking (a lot!) and are quite likely to get your feet squished by an over enthusiastic member of the crowd it’s worth throwing on something a little sturdier than your favourite flip flops. Converse, Doc Martin boots or wellies are a safe bet.
If you’re still struggling for ideas, we’ve got it all covered! We scoured the fields at this year’s Big Feastival to find the best dressed festival goers and give you some all important inspiration.
Weekend camping tickets for The Big Feastival cost from £185.00 with VIP upgrades available. More details available at uk.thebigfeastival.com
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(Imagery by: David Savill Photography)