Spend your August bank holiday weekend indulging in good food and great music. An event perfect for the whole family, The Big Feastival brings a host of massive music artists, celebrity chefs and award-winning street food to the Cotswolds. Presented by NEFF, you can watch the all-star chef line up doing their thing on the NEFF Big Kitchen Stage as well as watching artists perform on the main stage.
The bank holiday weekend kicks off with a DJ set from Rudimental on the main stage followed by other huge artists including Jess Glynne, Lewis Capaldi and Jack Savoretti. Other great artists are performing throughout the weekend, too.
If it’s the foodie portion of the festival that gets you excited, head to the NEFF Big Kitchen stage. Hosting cookery demonstrations and Q&As, you can watch Raymond Blanc OBE and Prue Leith CBE show off their skills alongside other culinary experts. Food writer Mark Hix, Chantelle Nicholson (author of Planted) and Chef Robin Gill will also take to the stage to showcase their skills.
Cookery demonstrations and Q&As will be run by Helen Goh, Isaac Carew – author of (Dirty Dishes) and the fabulous baker brothers Tom and Henry Herbert as well as many other well-known chefs. This is a chance to pick up some new skills and ask the experts all the culinary questions on your mind.
Lastly on the NEFF stage, Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo will be showcasing his signature dishes, and creator of Lyle’s in Shoreditch, James Lowe, will be showing off the skills that earned him a Michelin star within 18 months of opening the restaurant. Alongside all these great chefs, expect to see Jodie Kidd, The Great British Bake off winner Candice Brown, and DJ BBQ cooking up a storm and creating some delicious dishes.
Across the weekend there are also lots of other stages and activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. From rock and indie artists such as Deco and Echotape performing on the Udder stage, to a range of new rising stars in the music industry, there's a chance to experience both old and new. If you want to give the whole performing thing a go yourself, convince the family to battle it out on stage at The Big Feastival’s Got Talent open mic night taking place on both Saturday and Sunday.
This festival really is for the whole family to enjoy, so as well as lots of music and activities great for the adults, the smalls are covered too. With a vintage funfair, circus school and special guests Justin Fletcher, as well as Peppa Pig and many more exciting activities, you can be sure to keep them suitably entertained all weekend.
Now on to the important stuff: What are you going to eat while you’re there? Festivals are hungry work, but thankfully The Big Feastival is famous for its wide range of award-winning street-food vendors. With so many different cuisines on offer to try throughout the weekend, you’re spoilt for choice. New to the line-up includes Indian cuisine Naania, Wingmans chicken and BBQ Dreams – winners of the Million Pound Menu. As well as the newcomers, the Big Feastival welcomes back street-food favorites Oli Baba’s, Smokestak, Le Bab, The Piadina Project and so many more we’ll let you discover for yourself.
The Big Feastival takes place on Alex James’ Farm, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ from the 23-25 August bank holiday weekend 2019. Tickets are on sale from £40 and kids under 12 go free, so it really is an event for the whole family.