The Village Green
THE BIG FEASTIVAL 2019 (23RD - 25TH AUGUST):
Take a trip to The Village Green in the heart of the farm to explore our Food Village and discover more fun for all the family on the Green.
Visit The NEFF Big Kitchen to see our incredible line-up of Chefs take to the stage to cook up a storm, then pop to the Waterstones Book Shop to pick up a signed copy of their latest cook books. From Prue to Raymond, there are more culinary heroes than we can count on the programme this year so you’re in for a treat.
The NEFF Cookaholics Cookery School is the place to then put your kitchen skills to the test – visitors will have the chance to get hands-on in the kitchen with the legendary School of Wok, cooking delectable delights from a new Asian-inspired menu.
The Table Sessions with M&S Food offers festival-goers the chance to get up close and personal with their favourite chefs and enjoy sessions from special guests from the world of food and drink. This year, there will be sustainable workshops each morning – teaching you how to make festival essentials the natural way, guest speakers including Adam Henson and The Mindful Chef, Q&As with our line-up of Chefs and tastings courtesy of Veuve Clicquot, Warner’s Gin and M&S Rose. Writer and Broadcaster, Rebecca Sullivan, will be hosting The Table Sessions and helping to uncover lifelong tips, trusted tricks and the latest trends from our culinary collective.
Elsewhere in the Food Village, visitors are invited to sip, sample and shop their way around The Food Hub and discover an incredible line-up of artisans in The Producers Market, bringing the best in British produce to the festival. Families in need of a feed need also look no further than the Family Dining Room – a sheltered spot with food from The Cooking Cooks and Tom’s Spuds.
Finally on the food front, we’re delighted to have The Oxford Food Bank on hand to collect any surplus food from our traders and feature areas to minimise any wastage over the weekend. Following the festival, supplies are distributed to more than 90 registered charities supporting homeless shelters, children’s groups, mental health centres, refugee and asylum seekers, day centres and youth groups.
Out in the field, it’s time to put your sporting ambition to the test at the Village Green Games. Do you have the athletic prowess for noodle hurdles or water bucket relay races? Perhaps gymnastic ribbons will be more your style along with a side of hula hooping? For the competitive ones amongst you, there will be a winner’s podium and medals for the top spots.
It wouldn’t be The Village Green without Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park delivering a dose of the countryside with their fuzzy and feathered friends. Take a stroll around and say hello to the chicks, pigs and goats to name a few, then take a turn around the haystack obstacle course in your own mini JCB digger.
We’re also excited to welcome back Home Farm Highgrove as part of our award winning Field-to-Fork experience. Looking after the Home Farm Highgrove Allotment, the team from the Duchy of Cornwall estate will be growing vegetables and herbs worthy of royal attention. Little festival-goers will be invited to meet the gardening team and pick fresh produce to take into the NEFF Little Kitchen, where they will transform their hand-picked delights into delicious recipes with the help of Hobbs House Bakery.
Elsewhere on the Green, The Exchange is a brand new stage for 2019, hosting a series of mindfulness workshops, talks and discussions for adults with some very special guests over the festival weekend. Younger festival-goers can keep themselves occupied joining crafting sessions at The Makery, discovering their inner Bear Grylls with West Country Bushcraft or making music with the interactive Orchestra of Objects.
The Village Green will close its gates at 7:00pm each night so make sure you plan your visit earlier in the day to take in all of the food, fun and games on offer!