Festival fun for county’s foodies

FOOD lovers visiting Harvest at Jimmy’s this year will get the chance to take part in one of the UK’s most fashionable dining experiences – dinner hosted by organic guru Jo Wood and Mick Jagger’s nephew, the chef Arthur Potts Dawson.

The pair, who created the pop-up restaurant Mrs Paisley’s Lashings to promote sustainable food, are the latest celebrities heading to the event on September 11 and 12.

They will join the growing list of attractions at the award-winning festival which includes demonstrations from Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett, the Hairy Bikers, Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers, Rachel Allen, Mark Hix and Tom Parker Bowles.

The Wherstead farm will host two nights of the very best organic food made from produce from Jo’s own garden and cooked by one of the UK’s top environmentally conscious chefs.

Pop-up restaurants – one of the latest eating crazes to sweep the country – are restaurants, bars, clubs and shops that spring up in unexpected locations.

Harvest at Jimmy’s organiser Dom Gomez said: “We’re so excited Mrs Paisley’s Lashings is coming to Harvest.

“It has been Jo’s mission to show her guests that going out for a beautiful dinner can be delicious as well as sustainable and environmentally conscious – even at a festival!”

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Mrs Paisley’s Lashings first appeared at Essex-born Jo’s Kingston home last June, where diners at the bash included Kate Moss, Pat Cash, Mark Ronson and Gary Kemp.

It’s the first time it has appeared outside the capital. Using ingredients from the greatest local producers alongside those grown in Jo’s garden, the menu will be seasonal, local and very tasty.

Dinner will include lavish trimmings, delicious cocktails and flawless presentation, added Dom.

“I’m over the moon that Mrs Paisley’s Lashings will be popping up at Harvest at Jimmy’s this year. To recreate Mrs Paisley’s in a field is so exciting. It will be glamorous, cool and organic,” Jo said.

“I’m really looking forward to converting everyone I meet to a more sustainable and organic way of thinking and eating.”

This year’s festival boasts three times as many bars and food stalls such as Basicalla and their Mediterranean street food with attitude, Churros Bros, with their original Spanish chocolate delicacy, Souper Stew and their natural, healthy, hearty food, and Westonbirt Ice-Cream, who boast a Michelin-starred ice-cream experience using homegrown fruit.

The chefs at River Cottage, Wahaca and Konstam, will be packing up their chef whites and kitchen utensils and heading to Jimmy’s. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen will be there, too, and there will be a specially-selected local farmers’ market.

Music-lovers, meanwhile, will be able to enjoy The Zutons, The Futureheads, Newton Faulkner and folk sensation Kate Rusby.

For the latest line-up, tickets or to make a reservation for Mrs Paisley’s Lashings, visit www.harvestat jimmys.com