Valley Fest began in 2014, created by Luke Hasell to honour the memory of his parents, who both passed away while in their early fifties. Luke decided to put on an event that would encompass their zest for life and their passion for good food, and Valley Fest was born.

Faye Batchelor shimmied and ate her way through this year's Valley Fest - here she gives us her favourite first impressions of the festival:

Food

Touting itself as 100% organic, food is an important element of the festival and it didn’t disappoint. There were around 10 food stalls, each selling something different - I wish I could have sampled a little of each, but that would have been incredibly greedy! So, I opted for a delicious chicken pitta from the Skewered Shack and my partner went for an Indian breakfast from the Twisted Indian van. Both meals were delicious and reasonably priced too. Later in the day we tucked into a Yeo Valley ice cream which was served from a silver spray-painted ice cream van (which also became the venue for the silent disco… but more on that later). I also chatted to a couple of people who had attended the Midnight Feast on Saturday evening and they all said this was such a wonderful event with fantastic food.

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Image - Friday Banquet, credit Valley Fest

Music

What could be better than sitting in the sunshine watching live music? The festival hosted a whole range of musicians from quirky Bristolian Lady Nade to the Soul Sensation that is St Paul and The Broken Bones. It was brilliant to listen to some new music in such an intimate setting.

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Image - Music stage at Valley Fest, credit Valley Fest

Location

Valley Fest is set on Luke’s Farm on the edge of Chew Valley Lake. From every corner of the festival you have a breath-taking view of the lake. I don’t think I have been to a festival in a location quite as stunning as this. This definitely adds to the charm of the festival and you can’t help but be wowed when you catch a glimpse of the lake behind the multi-coloured flags waving in the breeze.

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Image - Valley Fest overlooking Chew Valley Lake, Faye Batchelor

Ethics/beliefs

Sustainability and looking after the land is what Valley Fest is all about. They made the decision this year to ban disposable coffee cups and single use plastic bottles which I think is an excellent decision! So, most people were carrying their own reusable coffee cups or Valley Fest ceramic mugs which you could buy for £3. Free drinking water was also available on site from Bristol Water. It is amazing to see a small festival that is trying to make a difference. Well done guys!

Valley Fest 2018

Image - Valley Fest, credit Faye Batchelor

Silent Disco

Finally, this may sound strange, but I LOVE a silent disco, so when I picked up a programme and saw that a silent disco was scheduled for Saturday evening I knew it was going to be a good night….

We had a great couple of days at Valley Fest and I will definitely be snapping up tickets early doors for next year’s festival.

Valley Fest

Image - Valley Fest, credit Faye Batchelor

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A magical family-friendly festival celebrating, music, organic food and farming, in a stunning location overlooking Chew Valley lake.