Harvest at Jimmy’s opens its gates

THOUSANDS of festival-goers have flocked to Jimmy’s Farm today to feast on culinary and musical delights at the harvest festival.

The second sell-out Harvest at Jimmy’s festival opened its gates to revellers from across the country today.

The farm in Wherstead, made famous by the hit TV series Jimmy’s Farm, is set to welcome around 20,000 people over the two-day event.

Jimmy Doherty, speaking from the new farm restaurant which is set to open later this month, said the event is 20 times better than the first festival last year.

He said: “It is going brilliantly, the weathers great, the short shower was great for the plants and it isn’t baking hot which is great for the kids.

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“It is fantastic atmosphere, I am really enjoying it.

“It is great to see such a great crowd, with people enjoying the chefs as well as the music.

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“It is exactly what we wanted it to be.”

Today the line-up will feature TV chefs the Hairy Bikers and Tom Parker-Bowles in the Farmhouse Kitchen.

Taking to the stage in the music arena will be Radio One DJ Nihal, The Futureheads and headliners Scouting for Girls.

And tomorrow festival fans will be entertained by moreof the country’s top chefs, including French culinary genius Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Radio One DJ Jo Whiley, The Hoosiers and Newton Faulkner will wrap up the weekend’s music.

Around 40 residents from one village near Halstead in Essex have upped sticks for the weekend.

Wendy Jones, of Colne Engaine said: “It is great, a really fantastic event, there are lots of people here but it doesn’t feel squashed, there is loads of space.

With the chef duo the Hairy Bikers top of their must-see list, the pair did not disappoint.

Gloria Staton, among the Colne Engaine party added: “They were brilliant. We will definately be coming back next year.”

And another member of their group Richard Jones added: “It is a great friendly, family atmosphere, we’re having a great time.”

People travelling to the event have been warned by Suffolk police to expect heavy traffic and delays getting to the site.

A spokesman for the force said there is heavy congestion and slow moving traffic causing lengthy delays on the A14 eastbound carriageway, with traffic backing up to the the Copdock interchange.

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