Those of you who watch too much food porn may have been following "Jimmys Farm" on Channel Four over the past few years. The series centred on Jimmy Doherty (a foodie friend of Jamie Oliver's) who started up a rare-breed pig business and followed his inevitable ups and downs. He's a nice, easy-to-watch bloke whose subsequent BBC series on the reality of farming in the UK was pretty bloody brilliant.
This year his farm is hosting a whopping music and food festival - Harvest At Jimmy's. It'll take place on his lovely farm in Suffolk on the weekend of 11th/12th of September this year. The thinking is that as food and music have long been a match made in heaven and its harvest time, its an end of summer celebration of both. There's a focus on sustainable, local food, cooking demonstrations from the inevitable celeb chefs, and some pretty good bands.
Food attractions - Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen. A Farmhouse Kitchen Stage featuring The Hairy Bikers, Valentine Warner, Tom Parker-Bowles, Mark Hix and also Jo Wood's pop up restaurant Mrs. Paisleys Lashings. Also Mexican street food from Thomasina Miers - (loved Thomasina in her Wild Gourmets series - particularly her Chloe accessorised by shotgun look).
Music - The Zutons, Futureheads, Newton Faulkner, Kate Rusby, Jo Whiley etc
The more details released about this festival the more I want to go. It's the weekend after Electric Picnic (Roxy Music... swoon) so I'll have to start looking for coins down the back of the sofa. If it's an enormous success and turns into a regular festival, my heart goes out to Jimmy's wife who seemed to spend two years of her life in a portacabin with Jack Russells sitting on bits of paper trying to sort invoices for the pig business. I just hope they have a bit more help organising the festival. In fact, knowing the popularity of festivals it's obvious route is to turn into a mega Live Nation type event like Glastonbury. Hope not.
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