Jimmy’s Farm Sausage and Beer Festival
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably come to realise that I like a good day out or weekend away, especially if it involves friends and food.
A friend of mine said she was going to Jimmy’s Farm Sausage and Beer Festival which sounded right up our street, so my other half and I said we would come along with them. For those who you who aren’t familiar with ‘Jimmy’, he is Jimmy Docherty. Jimmy became popular in 2002, when BBC2 followed his journey after taking on a 100 acre farm on a programme aptly named ‘Jimmy’s Farm’.
The festival runs from Saturday 25th July at 11am to Sunday 26th July at 11pm, so here’s what we can expect from the event.
There will be live demos in the cookhouse tent from the likes of Gennaro Contaldo from Two Greedy Italians, Marcus Bean, winner of Iron Chef on Channel Four and Jon Gay, head chef at Jimmy’s Farm.
On the main stage some great names like Toploader, Athlete and Chaz & Dave have already been confirmed. For those with kids, Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom from CBeebies will also be on the main stage. I also love the fact that they are going to have an acoustic stage in the veg garden made out of an old campervan. This is where the upcoming artists are going to be able to showcase their music. At 6pm there is going to a DJ set each day to accompany your sundowners (I love a sundowner).
Sausage Eating Competition
There’s also going to be a sausage eating competition running on both days of the festival. Hosted by Jimmy and DJ BBQ, the winner will be determined by whoever can eat one of Jimmy’s 1kg Catherine wheel sausages the fastest. I won’t be giving that a go, but I will cheer on the contestants.
In addition, there’s going to be sausage making workshops and production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. I also see that our friends at Adnams are going to be there. Sounds pretty great doesn’t it?
Last year the festival was finalists in the UK Festival for ‘Best Small Festival’, ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Best Grass Roots Festival’! They also won silver in the Festival Kidz Awards! So I’m expecting this to be a great fun day out.
One day tickets start at £17.50 for adults and £10 for children. Two day tickets are £30 for adults and £18.50 for children. To find out more and buy tickets, visit the festival website.
Disclosure: I have been gifted a ticket for this event but my opinions, as always, are my own.
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