The upcoming Valley Fest is the best-tasting music festival in the South West. Taking place alongside Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol, between 30 July – 1 August 2021. For today's #FoodFriday Aine Morris, from Food Union Media shares her top tips on what the festival has to offer food lovers.

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Festival Feasts 

We’ve expanded the programme of festival feasts so that you have more opportunities to chow down. I’m particularly excited that Danish Chef, Freddie Jansenn from SnackBar in London will be cooking on the Friday night. Mexican style sharing platters of tacos, chiccarones, roasted-beets and sides, will be paired with cans and cocktails from Empirical Spirits in Copenhagen. 

On Saturday Rob Howell and Josh Eggleton from Root Bristol will be cooking up their much-loved annual festival feast, and on Sunday the team from The Pumphouse in Bristol will be offering a Chew Valley Sunday lunch, paired with an epic Bloody Mary from our friend’s at Bloody Drinks


Chef Demos 

It’s been great to have the chance to think about the food programming for the festival this year. We’ve introduced a brand new chef demo stage in collaboration with Nailsea Electrical. Here you’ll me able to catch chef demos from the likes of Olia Hercules, cooking summer recipes from a Ukranian kitchen; Rob Howell from Root Bristol cooking from his new cookbook; Jenny Chandler will be teaching us that Green Kids Cook, while Jan Wilson and Elliot Lidstone will be showing us delicious, delicate fish recipes.


Cooking Over Fire 

There is no festival without a live-fire food stage, so we’ve introduced a brand new area where visitors will be able to come and see incredible live-fire cooking in action. The girls from Hangfire Restaurant in Barry Island will be with us, as will Bristol chef Henry Eldon, and UN food ambassador, Arthur Potts-Dawson. Expect fire-bowls, Asados, Cajun Microwaves and more. 

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Sunday BBQ

On the Sunday of the festival, we will be cooking up a storm on the live-fire stage. Whole hogs will have been roasting since the early hours, and festival guests can purchase an incredible BBQ lunch-box to enjoy in the field. Exceptional smoked meats will be paired with sides, salads and slaws. Think vats of creamed corn and piles of sticky chicken wings. You will not want to miss this one.


Youth 4 Food!

Valley Fest is not only a place to come from great food and music, we also aim to bring together young people who care about food and want to make a difference. This year we have partnered with the Food Foundation to organise a conference for 100 young food activists, taking place over the festival weekend. Teenagers and young adults will be invited to join in the event, with a food manifesto being developed and taken to COP 26 in November 


About the author:

Aine Morris works for Food Union Media who look after brand partnerships and food programming for Valley Fest, Yeo Valley’s annual 3-day food and music festival just outside Bristol. Aine is excited to join the festival team for this first time.

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Valley Fest, the best-tasting music festival in the South West, has announced its 2021 line up. Texas, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Deacon Blue will headline. The music festival takes place alongside Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol, between 30 July – 1 August 2021.