Jamie and Alex's BIG Festival

I see that Jamie Oliver has teamed up with Blur's Alex James again to stage a ''BIG Festival of Food and Music For All The Family'' from 29 to 31 August at Alex's Farm in the Cotswolds.
My daughter recently spent a day interviewing Alex James (below), the lead singer of the chart-topping band Blur, at his idyllic farm near Kingham in Oxfordshire OX76UJ, just off the B4450. It was not about his music success that she travelled to the Cotswolds, but his organic cheese business that is based at his home. She came away with memories of a very friendly guy trying to save the planet, and a stack of cheese shaped like slices of bread. Ideal for cheese on toast, she said!  Now, for the fourth year, Alex teams up again with famous TV chef and school meals guru, Jamie Oliver, to stage a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family in support of Oliver's Food Foundation UK. (Jamie Oliver is worth £150 million according to this week's Sunday Times Rich List.)
You can enjoy music from top acts, tuck into top chef demos in the Big Kitchen and have your fill from The Menu, featuring the cream of the UK's street food crop. Browse local producer stands, join a cookery class or get your foodie fix by joining top chefs for intimate Q&A sessions. Keep little and big kids happy in the fun-filled Little Dudes Den, join an arts and crafts workshop, the Big Top games or take a spin around the vintage fair.

Headliner music acts this year include, FatBoy Slim, Jamie Cullum (above), Kelis, hip-hop legends De La Soul and soul sensation Laura Mvula. Hot chefs cooking up a storm in the kitchen are Jamie's mentor, Gennaro Contaldo, BBC Masterchef's, Monica Galetti (below), Valentine Warner, Rachel Khoo, Levi Roots and many more, including Oliver himself.
There will boutique food and drinks markets, CBeebies superstars Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom, Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park, a Cheese Hub, where you can taste Alex James's artisan cheeses and much more. A full programme can be found at: www.thebigfestival.com
Tickets vary in price from around £65 for a one day session to £115 for the weekend. You can park for free, or buy a camping ticket at £140, bring a campervan for £65 or sign up for glamping or VIP package.


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