The Big Feastival is coming from the United Kingdom to Canada, specifically Burl’s Creek at Oro-Medonte, August 18-20.
The Big Feastival, which is billed as a feel-good festival of music and food for all ages, has been a staple for six years in the U.K.
The musical acts lined up include: Weezer, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The Strumbellas, OK Go, De La Soul, Magic, Wintersleep, Basia Bulat, Dragonette, Choir! Choir! Choir!, The Elwins, Dwayne Gretzky, Repartee, The Beaches, Famous Players, Abigail Lapell, Amberweed, Andi, Aria Ohlsson, Ayaz V, Bayla, Carnival Spice, Command Sisters, En Riet, Good Enough, Live Karaoke, Hogtown Sound, The Kents, Limestone Chorus, The Lionyls, Northern Roads, The Relative, The Savilles and Sean MacFayden.
There is also an impressive list of chef and culinary experts, headed up by celebrity chef/TV personality/restaurateur Chuck Hughes, offering budding chefs, keen eaters and food fanatics to come and learn how to create beautiful dishes using a range of innovated cooking techniques. The Cooking School offers “feastival-goers” a hands-on experience to participate in a jam-packed series of complimentary, interactive cooking class led by the likes of Rob Gentile, Amy Rosen, Danny Smiles, Vikram Vij, Victor Barry, Alexandra Feswick, Michael Hunter, Matthew DeMille, Dennis The Prescott, Devin Connell, Matt Dean Pettit, Aimee Wimbush-Bourque, Julie Miguel, Claudie Bianchi, Justin Cournoyer, Abbey Sharp, Afrim Pristine, Derek Dammann, Ted Corrado and Paul Lillikas. Sessions will be held Saturday and Sunday on a first-come-first-serve basis.
There is a food and drink hub featuring: Ace Bakery, Carne Boys, Chufa Co., D-D Meats, Delight Chocolate, duBreton, Eva’s Original Chimneys, Glutenless Gourmet, Green Machine Smoothies, Hawley Crescent, Hitchhiker Lemonade, Just Craft Soda, Leclerc, Lundberg Family Farms, Mighty Fine Brine, Mike & Mike’s Organic, Pop Heart, Pulp And Press, Shine Juice Bar, Smoothie Solutions, SoulShine Kitchen, Station Cold Beer, Sweet Teeth Vegan, The Pop Stand, Tori’s Bakeshop, Tropic Love, Ontario Turkey and Wafel Bar.
Another aspect of The Big Feastival is The Workshop, which offers a chance to get seriously creative, and quite possibly a little bit messy in the process. The Workshop will be open all day to pick up new skills and find a talent you didn’t know you had. Small Pond Arts, which is located in Prince Edward County and is an arts centre, art gallery and artist residency centre owned and operated by artists Krista Dalby and Milé Murtanovski, is leading the workshops.
For kids, there is a farm park. The Big Feastival is teaming up with Big Curve Acres to give feastival-goers a chance to meet some of their favourite furry and feathered friends. It is a chance to see a baby donkey and belted Galloway calf. There is also a chance to feed and cuddle rabbits, chicks, baby goats, sheep and potbelly pigs.
Fred Penner, PAW Patrol and Splash’ N Boots are some of the main stage headline acts for youngsters.
The Big Feastival was conceived by world-renowned chef and restaurateur, Jamie Oliver. Hosted by Blur bassist and award-winning artisan cheesemaker Alex James, The Big Feastival is a celebration of fabulous food, magnificent music and family activities for all ages, held annually on James’ family farm in the Cotswolds.
“The Big Feastival is a very special event that engages music and food lovers of all ages”, says Alex James. “As a cheese maker, musician and family man, I love being part of a festival that engages the local community through food and music, two of my favourite things.”
To find out more about The Big Feastival, visit www.thebigfeastival.com.