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This article first appeared in our Women: time for action issue of My Green Pod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 02 July 2021. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
With many families planning to stay in the UK this summer, Valley Fest – ‘the best-tasting music festival in the South West’ – is proving a popular choice.
Government permitting, the event will take place 30 July-01 August. Headliners of the family-friendly food and music festival, near Bristol, include Texas, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Deacon Blue.
The weekend will also showcase the region’s finest produce: from charcuterie to cheddars and ciders to sausages, with plenty of Somerset sizzle.
Consistently, Valley Fest’s biggest crowd-pleaser is the view. Chew Valley Lake, framed by the rolling Mendip Hills, provides the sparkling backdrop.
Music on an organic farm
The festival is held on an organic farm so looking after the land is part of its DNA. There is a wealth of fascinating and progressive content, from talks on soil health and wildlife-friendly gardening to farm tours and discussions on regenerative farming.
Valley Fest is now in its sixth year, and its lineup has always featured big names alongside plenty of exciting rising stars. For 2021 My BABY, The Allergies, Beans on Toast, Oh My God! It’s the Church, The Blockheads, The Cuban Brothers, The Snuts and Toploader will take to the stage.
The best-tasting music festival
There is much food for thought and much thoughtful food on offer at Valley Fest – expect plenty of BBQs, feasts, street food, chef demonstrations and panel discussions.
Over the weekend guests can see Great British Bake Off stars Chetna Makan and Briony May Williams; Rob Howell from Root Bristol and chef and author Olia Hercules, named Observer Food Monthly’s Rising Star of 2015.
Tom Hunt, author of Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet, is on the bill along with TV’s Andy Clarke, who will be highlighting some stunning ethical drinks producers. Jenny Chandler, ‘Queen of the Bean’ food writer and chef, will show how kids can make easy dishes at home.