Harvest at Jimmy's headliners revealed

HEADLINING acts have been announced for the second year of the Harvest at Jimmy's music and food festival.

Jonathan Barnes

HEADLINING acts have been announced for the second year of the Harvest at Jimmy's music and food festival.

The two-day festival, at Jimmy's Farm, at Wherstead, near Ipswich, is taking place over the weekend of September 11-12.

The event aims to mix the best of the worlds of music and food, and topping the bill on the music stages will be pop-rock band The Zutons and acoustic guitar maestro Newton Faulkner.

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Organisers said they were keen to attract all the family and the festival can also boast a UK exclusive with the award-winning Charlie & Lola's Bestest Play, featuring the cartoon favourites from CBBC, along with a host of other children's activities.

Chefs will include Angela Hartnett, Valentine Warner, Thomasina Miers, Wahaca, Atul Kochhar, The Hairy Bikers, Rachel Allen, Mark Hix and Tom Parker-Bowles, and there will also be Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen.

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Other acts confirmed for the music stages so far include Kate Rusby, Son of Dave and Kitty Daisy & Lewis. More names are set to be announced over the coming weeks.

Jimmy Doherty, who runs the farm, said: “The response to the debut of Harvest was absolutely overwhelming. It was everything that we'd hoped for - a truly family-orientated festival that celebrated all that's exciting about fine British food and music.

“It really felt like it fitted perfectly into the landscape and community.”

Last year's Harvest at Jimmy's, which was nominated for the Family Festival Award and Best New Festival, attracted 10,000 music and food-lovers over the course of the two-day event last year.

Alex Paul, from promotional agency Choose Suffolk, said the high-profile festival provided a welcome boost to the county's economy.

He said: “As well as attracting festival-goers from all over the UK, Harvest at Jimmy's retains its 'local' feel with the organisers going to great lengths to make sure food and services are sourced in the county.

“It is a terrific boost to the post-summer tourist economy.”

Other activities planned for this year's event include boutique camping, cooking master classes, gardening workshops, a farmers' market and plentiful bars and food stalls showcasing the best of the region.

For tickets to Harvest at Jimmy's and for the latest line-up of talent visit www.harvestatjimmys.com

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