Harvest Festival returns as a three day event based over two sites for 2011, marking an expansion from previous years. The food and music phenomenon takes place in Suffolk and Oxfordshire in September.
Established by BBC presenter Jimmy Doherty and held at his Suffolk farm in 2009, Harvest Festival has continued to expand with the addition of the Oxfordshire leg of the festival, taking place at Alex James of Blur's farm.
With Alex opting for a more country lifestyle he has found a passion in food and this is reflected in what the festival has to offer, as well as hosting some of the best indie bands of the moment. Jimmy, long time friend of Jamie Oliver, has always been about the countryside and decided to host the event after having shared his farm through the BBC Two programme Jimmy's Farm as well as presenting other farming documentaries.
2012 lineup, news, rumours and our predictions
In regards to the Alex James branch festival, the following statement was released:
"Contrary to some reports (what you may be being told) no licence to hold a festival at my farm in 2012 has been granted to anyone and no festival is currently being planned. The organisers of the festival held in September this year, Big Wheel, have left many people badly out of pocket and this is something I am not at all happy about. I made it a specific point in my dealings with Big Wheel that payment obligations to third party service suppliers were to be honoured (lest) or they lose the right to hold further festivals. They have not honoured those obligations and I have terminated their right to hold any further Festivals on my farm.
2011 line-up and past line-up highlights
Harvest at Jimmy's 2011 - The Kooks, Eliza Doolittle, Fat Freddy's Drop, The Feeling, The Divine Comedy, Turin Brakes, Gilles Peterson, Charlie Simpson and more.
Alex James Presents Harvest 2011 - The Kooks, KT Tunstall, Fat Freddy's Drop, The Feeling, Athlete, The Futureheads, Jo Whiley, Tommy Reilly and more.
Location and travel
Harvest at Jimmy's: Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AR
By Train: Ipswich Station is a 15 minute car journey from the festival site. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes from London Liverpool Street (direct).
By Car: For Sat Nav please use the following post code IP9 2AT which will get you to the right location on the A137, where you should follow the festival signage to the relevant parking areas. From the South use the A12 to the A14 junction then head East one Junction to the A137. From the Midlands Use the A14 to the A137 Junction. From the East use the A14 to the A137 Junction. Weekend Car Parking passes are available for £5.
Alex James Presents Harvest:
By Train:Kingham Station is a five minute walk from the festival site. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 25 minutes from London Paddington.
By Car:For Sat Nav, use OX7 6BJ to get you to the right location on the A361 to pick up the festival signage.
Camping and other accommodation
Make sure you purchase a weekend camping ticket to get a place in the limited campsites. There is a family camping section, as well as boutique camping and space for campervans.
Music stages and other entertainment
As well as the music there are all the chef's demonstrations, a food market, cookery schools and more food related events. In 2010 the activities for children included den building, kite making, woodland, animal experiences, competitions, theatre, puppets and storytelling.
Food and drink
The festival is as much about food as it is music. As well as the best street food outlets and pop up resaurants there will be appearances from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Richard Corrigan, James Martin and others. There will also be a cookery school and a Farmer's Market, as well as the British Street Food Awards being hosted at Jimmy's