The place to be this Bank Holiday Weekend…
The C&TH Insider’s Guide to Big Feastival 2018
Big Feastival is back for its seventh year, bringing a smashing line-up of live music, top chefs and excellent street food to Alex James’ Cotswolds farm. There is officially no better way to spend the August Bank Holiday Weekend, so make sure you’ve closely studied our insider’s guide before you go for the names to know, places to eat and insider tips for making the most of it. See you there…
Don’t Miss: Food
For health: your 5-a day in one Buddha Bowl, vegan sushi burritos at Happy Maki, Polu Poké‘s colourful combinations, Great British meatballs and vegballs from The Bowler and Oli Baba’s legendary halloumi fries.
For a hangover: where to begin? Lobster rolls at Claw, gigantic hand-pressed burgers at Burger & Beyond, deep-fried deliciousness from Ink Squid Bar, the best bacon butty in town (no joke) from Le Swine, new levels of fried chicken at Other Side Fried, what it says on the box at Salvation in Noodles and the ever-wonderful Cheese Truck.
Make sure you tag your #FeastivalFave on Instagram, and check out the full line-up beforehand to plan your meals…
Don’t Miss: Music
All that delicious food is a hard act to follow – unless you’re Basement Jaxx, Professor Green, David Rodigan and Becky Hill, and that’s just the Friday line-up! Big name acts this year also include Craig David, The Cuban Brothers and Clean Bandit on Saturday, and Tom Odell, Mel C, Paloma Faith, James Arthur and The Sugarhill Gang on Sunday, hosted by Jo Whiley.
Step away from the Main Stage for up-and-coming artists, indie bands and even the odd singalong… The Udder Stage the place to go if you enjoy the ‘I saw them play before they were famous’ envy – names to watch are Hugo Valentine, Elisha Esquivel, Indigo Velvet and Alex Jayne. Check out the full line up here and swot up beforehand for the ultimate cool factor. Make sure you don’t miss Sons of Pitches, who have ‘given acapella a kick up the backside’ and make for a fun-filled performance of mashups and medleys that will get you dancing in no time…
Don’t Miss: Events
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festival is the annual Friday Night Supper Club, which opens the weekend with a bang. On Friday 24 August, the NEFF Big Kitchen will transform into a beautiful al fresco dining space, hosted by Matthew and Iain Pennington of the award-winning restaurant The Ethicurean. The brothers will create a specially-themed menu, The Ethicurean Wasted Feast, for an unforgettable dining experience which uses only food waste ingredients. An essential ticket for the weekend! Find out more here
Patrón and Breddos Tacos will also be collaborating to host their own feasts each day from 7pm, where guests can enjoy refreshing Patrón Tequila summer cocktails paired with Mexican culinary delights from the Breddos Tacos BBQ. Tickets are £50 each and available to book through ticketmaster.co.uk
And finally, with world-famous chefs including Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc, Mark Hix, Gizzi Erskine, Jasmine Hemsley and Pierre Koffmann in attendance, plan ahead to ensure you get to see them in action live on stage at the NEFF Big Kitchen. Don’t miss Pierre Koffman at 5pm on Friday, Marco Pierre White at 6.30pm on Saturday and Raymond Blanc at 5.30pm on Sunday for up-close-and-personal demonstrations from the experts. You can download the full lineup here
Where To Stay
Get the full festival experience by pitching your tent at the festival itself. There are four main campsites, all of which are family friendly – and there are still tickets available to purchase at thebigfeastival.com.
Prefer the luxury experience? Glamping has long sold out (start planning now for next year!), but there are a multitude of boutique hotels nearby and throughout the Cotswolds that are the perfect base for your Big Feastival weekend. Check out our 2018/2019 Hotels Guide for our selection of the best in the area.
- Pre-purchase your festival lanyard and collect on-site. It contains all the important information for the weekend including music running orders, festival map, street food menus and more. Available through ticketmaster.co.uk
- Enjoy your Bank Holiday in style at the Veuve Clicquot VIP Lounge, with its private bar, premium toilet facilities and, of course, plenty of Champagne. Tickets available through thebigfeastival.com
- Put your culinary skills to the test at the NEFF Cookaholics Cookery School where you’ll help create a fabulous Italian-themed menu with the top culinary experts
- If you’re bringing the little ones along, why not entrust them for a few hours to the NEFF Little Kitchen? They’ll take part in an interactive and fun cookery class, while you can enjoy the acts in peace…
- Keep an eye out for Nashwhite who will be on hand throughout the festival to create your dream hair look – from waves and braids, braided scarfs and knots to the ever-popular glitter
The Big Feastival will be held at Alex James’ farm in Kingham, The Cotswolds across August Bank Holiday weekend, 24-26 August 2018.
For last minute tickets and further information, visit uk.thebigfeastival.com
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