Tasty mix of music and food will go down a treat

JIMMY’S Farm, near Ipswich, will be the backdrop for two days of music, cookery and gardening on September 11-12.

Next weekend’s Harvest at Jimmy’s brings together some of the country’s best bands and chefs, as well as regional food producers and Suffolk musicians.

This year’s musical line-up includes Saturday night headliners Scouting for Girls along with The Futureheads and Newton Faulkner, Kate Rusby and the Hoosiers; while foodies will be treated to cookery masterclasses from the Hairy Bikers, Angela Hartnett and Thomasina Miers.

Michelin-award winner-Christophe Novelli, described as “the nation’s favourite French chef”, will also be on the menu at the Wherstead farm festival.

“The idea [for the festival] came about because I’d been to a lot of festivals where the music was great, but you’d have to pay a tenner for a bad burger. I thought the time had come to combine good music and food in a chilled-out family-friendly atmosphere,” said organiser Dom Gomez, of promoter Big Wheel.

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It was nominated for Best New Festival and Family Festival Award when it debuted last year.

Jimmy Doherty added: “Harvest at Jimmy’s is back – better, brighter and bolder than ever and this year we’re very excited to be bringing some of the UK’s finest restaurants into Suffolk for a weekend of culinary delights.”

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Camping has been introduced at the farm for the first time, providing an entire weekend experience.

Tickets for both days may be sold out, but exclusive access all areas tickets are available promising a champagne reception and exclusive backstage tours.

This year also sees the addition of gardening demonstrations, with green-fingered gurus including the BBC’s Alys Fowler fresh from Gardeners World.

Alys, who presents the hit BBC show The Edible Garden, will share her tips along with Victoria Moorey from River Cottage – the gardener charged with looking after Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s plot.

Radio 1’s Jo Whiley, who will be playing an exclusive set on the main stage at this year’s festival, said: “I love the way it feels so intimate and everyone is so friendly, just like a fete, a farm to take your kids to and then you have fantastic music as well, it’s great!”

The farm will also be the venue for an appearance by Essex organic guru Jo Wood’s pop-up restaurant Mrs Paisley’s Lashings – the first time the uber trendy eaterie has ventured outside the capital.

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

Diners can experience top notch organic veg, a lot of it from her own garden, cooked by chef Arthur Dawson Potts.

For children, the event promises to be better than ever with entertainment including den building, face painting and Charlie & Lola’s Best Bestest Play.

In a festival exclusive, the stars of the hit BBC TV series, based on books by Lauren Child, will be brought to life by a magical mix of puppets and music.

All tickets for the event have sold out. For the chance of returns and the most up-to-date details visit www.harvestatjimmys.com

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