26. Review of Jamie Oliver and Alex James, The Big Feastival 2013

Jamie Oliver and Alex Jame The Big Feastival 2013
Jamie Oliver and Alex Jame The Big Feastival 2013

Yesterday I headed to The Cotswolds for Jamie Oliver and Alex James The Big Feastival, a festival where good music meets good food. I haven't been to this festival before so didn't really know what to expect so I was delighted to discover that it's a gem of a festival, here are some photos of our favourtie bits from our day there...

Cooking demo at The Big Feastival 2013
Cooking demo at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: The Electrolux Big Kitchen - a great space to watch cooking demos and get inspired. We watched Jamie Oliver in the throes of burgery, burger making obviously and Simon Hulstone. Lovely big bails of straw for folk to sit on made it easier for those at the back to see. Loved this.

The Creative Caravan at The Big Feastival 2013
The Creative Caravan at The Big Feastival 2013
The Creative Caravan at The Big Feastival 2013
The Creative Caravan at The Big Feastival 2013
The Creative Caravan at The Big Feastival 2013
The Creative Caravan at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: Enjoying ourselves at the Creative Caravan where kids and grown ups could sit on comfy cushions and decorate The Big Feastival postcards atop brightly painted pallets with tissue paper, glue, glitter, pens etc. Creative fun that really added to the laid back vibe of the festival.

Alex James Cheese Hub at The Big Feastival 2013
Alex James Cheese Hub at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: Cheese fest in Alex James Cheese Hub

Suttons Seeds at The Big Feastival 2013
Suttons Seeds at The Big Feastival 2013
Child playing The Big Feastival 2013
Child playing The Big Feastival 2013

Above: Really liked the little touches at the festival such as this paddling pool hook a duck set out in front of a gardening stall.

The Greedy Goat at The Big Feastival 2013
The Greedy Goat at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: The children's foodie fave of the day - The Greedy Goat ice-cream. One scoop of salted caramel goats milk  ice-cream each eaten and the remnants slurped - 'Best ice-cream ever mummy!'

Oliviers Bakery at The Big Feastival 2013
Oliviers Bakery at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: One of our foodie highlights was Olivier's Bakery from London Bridge who were there with an amazing selection of breads and cakes. Both Kitty and Ozzy chose one of their cheese and olive batons, costing £2 each this was a brilliant value lunch for the children and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The Bakery was very forthcoming with the chocolate brownie too, handing out cubes on trays throughout the day (yum!)

Food at The Big Feastival
Food at The Big Feastival

Above: One of the many food stalls cooking fresh food on the day.

Doombar at The Big Feastival 2013
Doombar at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: Another highlight for us was the choice of drinks - reasonably priced drinks too - The Big Feastival beats all the other festivals I've been to this year for choice, quality and price. We drank Doombar at  £4 a pint (and again tasters were being handed out throughout the day) and some local cider at £3.50 a pint. Much better than the £4.50 charges at other festivals this year, really great to see the organisers of The Big Feastival supporting this pricing. For the children we found a few stalls selling natural squash alternatives to 'Fruit Shoots' but in the same easy-to-use pull up nozzle bottles from £1 a bottle - again blinding value for a festival, other festivals which we have been to this year have usually just had childrens options of a bottle of water for £2.50, a bottle of coke for £2.50 or smoothies for £3 upwards.

Birra Moretti at The Big Feastival 2013
Birra Moretti at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: To the right of the main stage was a Birra Moretti bar area, serving up beer and the most delicious pulled pork and slaw rolls along with table football to keep grown ups and kids entertained. We enjoyed spending time with Actually Mummy and family there and bumping in to @RenBehan too. Birra Moretti is an official supporter of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Face Painting from Tesco at The Big Feastival 2013
Face Painting from Tesco at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: After watching a chocolate, raspberry and spinach cake making interactive-for-kid cookery session in the Tesco Family Food Big Top, Kitty and Ozzy both made the most of the free face painting they offered. Now there was, naturally a big queue for this but Tesco were fab in dealing with it, handing out fresh fruit to everyone waiting, with bowls for your to help yourself from placed around too. We enjoyed blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, oranges, kiwi, figs, grapes and plums - oh a bit of cake too! Nicely handled Tesco.

Playing in straw at The Big Feastival 2013
Playing in straw at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: The best part of the day for the children was the straw. yes, I know that sounds odd but it was a genius touch and if Jamie or Alex were here I would kiss them on both cheeks in thanks. Throughout the site there were bales of straw, broken down for children to play in. They built huge piles with other children they had never met before and then ran from a distance, jumping high and landing in the piles with roars of laughter. Regular readers may know just how shy Kitty can be, well the straw helped her make some friends...

Children making friends in the straw at The Big Feastival
Children making friends in the straw at The Big Feastival

But children weren't the only ones rolls about in the straw...

Pigs from Cotswold Farm Park at The Big Feastival 2013
Pigs from Cotswold Farm Park at The Big Feastival 2013
Small animal petting at The Big Feastival 2013
Small animal petting at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: A super touch to the festival was the Cotswold Farm Park tent complete with farm animals and a petting corner.

JCB fun at The Big Feastival 2013
JCB fun at The Big Feastival 2013

Above: Ozzy enjoys playing in the JCB enclosure!

Flower wellies atThe Big Feastival 2013
Flower wellies atThe Big Feastival 2013

Above: Flower power wellies - pretty!

We had a cracking day at The Big Festival, we went with no pre-conceptions and really enjoyed what the festival offered, the vibe of the event and the location. Food and drink was, as I've already mentioned, cheaper than I had expected which was a bonus. Loved the moment when the Costswolds Super Group took over the stage and Jamie joined The Cuban Brothers dancing whilst Alex played bass - much respect to Jamie's light-footed ance skillz! I wasn't a fan of any of the bands on the Sunday other than the Cuban Brothers before I went along but that didn't matter - I still had a great time. We didn't camp overnight but the campsites looked lovely, spacious with tents a nice distance apart (not crammed in) and clean too.

I made the most of a great Feastival deal where I paid £29 and in return have a years subscription of Jamie Magazine, a hardback copy of Save with Jamie, a Seasonal Recipe Yearbook, a bag, some basil seeds and some beechwood salad servers. A good buy me thinks!

Next year we'll be back - and camp too! Thoroughly recommend The Big Feastival to anyone, single folks, couples and families - go and find out what it's all about, you won't be disappointed!

There's an charitable, ethical side to The Big Feastival too, which makes the event even sweeter - The Big Feastival raises funds for The Jamie Oliver Foundation, which makes a huge difference in the lives of some young people and sitting listening to Jamie talk about what the festival was about and why the money needs to be raised was not only moving but inspiring.

Disclosure: I received a Press Pass entitling me to free entry to The Big Feastival so that I could share my thoughts with my readers. All other links to companies in this review are purely because I think my readers may be interested in them and no compensation was received for adding those. I write fair and honest reviews, this is a glowing review because I enjoyed it so much.

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