Last Thursday the Wychwood Deli team were lucky enough to be invited to Alex James’ farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire, where the Big Feastival will take place in the summer. We were greeted with smiling faces and made to feel very welcome and we got to work preparing our samples in Alex James’ tomato shed.
This occasion marked the launch of the Big Feastival and consequently everyone was giddy with excitement and anticipation for the event itself in August. The atmosphere topped it all with a wondrous mix of sunshine, ice lollies, the smell of the barbeque, live music and of course, Alex James himself. For the Wychwood Deli team it was a wonderful opportunity to meet others who are as passionate about food as we are and we were able to share food with each other as well as to the many visitors throughout the evening. I was particularly impressed by the enthusiasm and drive from young Fraser, founder of Fraser’s Fudge.
We took a range of samples but there was definitely one item that was always reduced to crumb very quickly after putting it out for people to taste... the pie! Everybody I spoke to commented on the deliciousness of our pork pies, one lady even saying ‘I don’t even like pork pie, but I like this one.’ Alex James was busy taking interviews for most of the evening but his festival team kept taking pieces of pie to him to keep him refuelled. Towards the end of the evening, he came to our stand himself to tell us how much he liked the pie, especially topped with a marinated miniature fig (we agree, the combination is really tasty).
Music was provided by Jasmine Hill and friends, and it was lovely to feel the festival vibe and sense of occasion. Jasmine’s vocals are soothing, exciting and edgy, her covers of well known recent records offer a modern and current feel to her music and I hope to hear lots more of her at the Big Feastival.
Tickets for the Big Feastival are still available online. The event promises to be a great event for all the family and is held at Alex James’ farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire from 31st August-1st September. This unique two day celebration of music and food includes music from top acts, cookery demonstrations, the UK’s best street food and the cream of the crop of local producers. Whether you’re a regular festival goer, a VIP or a festival virgin, there is something for everyone. I can’t wait!
If you are coming to the Feastival don’t forget to come and say hello to the Wychwood Deli team!