Food is an important part of a balanced diet. (Fran Lebowitz)
Good food and good music. Two of my favourite things. Together – in a field – with the sun shining. What more could you ask for really? This weekend featured the first ever Big Feastival hosted by the nations much loved Jamie Oliver. Featuring acts such as Norman Jay, Roots Manuva, Scoundrels, The Special K’s, Saint Saviour and Athlete – the festival offers a range for all – cookery tips, a taste walk – and some of the most prestigious restaurants offering their most tasty dishes to try. Rich food and talented musicians in a field. Roots Manuva pulled in a dedicated crowd, Norman Jay was on the decks funking it up, and Shake Aletti perhaps slightly misplaced on the lineup opened the Friday to an empty field. Taking this in their stride – they performed a blinding set to me, my cameraman Dariush (thanks for his help) and their girlfriend.. I felt so lucky.
The Scoundrels absolutely blew me away on the Saturday afternoon – and if you have not heard these guys then I really do urge you to go see them before they are eating cavier and drinking champagne with…Kate Moss. They have just ‘dropped’ their self titled debut album so get on it! Unfortunately my mic broke during the interview – but they did promise me on camera – that should they reach great heights – that they would probably keep it real.
So anyway – off I went in my new comfy Desert Suede shoes that Clarks Originals had most kindly sent me through the post – (very suitable for a festival – height and comfort all in one shoe – amazing!) to be a food blogger for the day… here are some visits to some random high street food chains (Greggs/kebab shop/Roosters Spot) and interviews with Jamie Oliver, Saint Saviour, Scoundrels, Shake Aletti, Celeb chef Theo Randall and…. AND Norman Jay MBE!
I also have a message from The Special K’s: they are not.. I repeat NOT.. sponsored by Kelloggs.
More interviews coming soon…
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