Popular festival returns and this time it’s organic

A popular Somerset festival is returning for another year and this time organisers have committed to all food stalls being organic.

Valley Fest, which is in its fourth year, will once again be located on organiser Luke Hasell’s farm in the Chew Valley from 4 to 6 August 2017.

A spokesperson for the event said: “Food, music and good times feature in abundance at Valley Fest, and while delicious local produce has always been a key element of the festival, this year we are upping the game by only inviting traders who offer organic food.

“And in order for everyone to enjoy this without making their wallets sad, stallholders are being offered hugely discounted space so they can pass on these savings to festival-goers.”

Valley Fest 2016 – picture credit: Paul Box

Valley Fest organiser Luke Hasell said it was important that organic food wasn’t “elitist”.

He added: “As a farmer I care deeply about the land and the provenance of food – and that’s what organic is. We want everyone to enjoy the best food along with the best music.”

Nestled in the heart of Chew Valley, the festival boasts a stunning view of the lake and surrounding countryside, making it a little bubble of joy away from the hullabaloo of everyday life.

Festival goers can expect the usual knees-up with an eclectic mix of barnstorming music, blistering DJ sets in the Yard, plus some gentler acoustic sets offering a more laid back vibe.

Valley Fest 2016 – picture credit: Paul Box

Alongside the organic food stalls, festival-goers will also be able to enjoy food together with the Midnight Feast and Sunday Picnic gatherings.

There are plenty of treats to keep kids happy as well, from honing their DJ skills, to arts and craft workshops, junior discos, a carnival parade and the space to run free. They can even get to know the farm animals and the farming way of life in the Hogsnorts Farming Academy.

Valley Fest 2016 – picture credit: Paul Box

Valley Fest began in 2014 after Luke Hasell took over the farm when his parents both passed away in the fifties. To honour their memory, Luke decided to put on an event that would encompass their zest for life and their love of good food. He also wanted the festival to be a “true celebration of life” to share with those you love.

The Community Farm, which is where Valley Fest is held, is a community-owned social enterprise, growing and selling organic food through a box delivery service.

The event spokesperson added: “Luke was BBC Food & Farming’s Outstanding Farmer of the Year nominee in 2014 and is passionate about connecting people with where their food comes from and helping them to reconnect with the land that it’s grown on.

“More than 500 local people share ownership of the farm and they love to throw their arms wide open to a few more for the big old knees up that is Valley Fest!”

To find out more about Valley Fest 2017 – including location, ticket prices, and camping information – check out the event’s official website.

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