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Jimmy's Harvest Festival

by Sarah Alcock

Farmer and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty is hosting his music and food festival at Jimmy's Farm, near Ipswich, on 23-24 July. 20,000 people are set to join in the revelry to celebrate the best of British food and music. We asked him how he turned his farm into this fabulous festival...

What kind of music will there be?

Reef, Newton Faulkner, Gemma Ray and old favourites Chas & Dave will be playing the main stage right in the heart of the farm. Imagine thousands of people turning up for a knees-up at your place – I can't wait! We've got an amazing line-up on the Garden Stage as well – Two Ways Home and Hannah Grace are ones to look out for. Brilliant stuff.

What is there for kids?

The festival starts the weekend the schools break up and it's a brilliant way to start the summer holidays. We've got CBeebies' Mr Bloom making an appearance. JB Gill (ex-JLS) now does a kids' show called Down On The Farm, which is exciting. There's loads for kids – a science and nature trail where you can meet all kinds of creepy crawlies, try experiments, look at the stars. There's lots of hands-on stuff.

But we mostly care about the food...

Of course, we can't forget the food. There are some great local food and drink producers coming to feed the masses. It's important to us to support local businesses to provide great-tasting, exciting food. We do have some from further afield such as the legendary DJ BBQ, and he'll be cooking our homegrown meat directly from the farm, as will we when we cook up our bangers! Sausages play a big part in the weekend as well as great beer. We're running a sausage-eating competition – always a bit of a spectacle – as well as sausage tasting.

Which chefs can we look forward to seeing?

My old mate Gennaro Contaldo will be cooking up something delicious on the Cookhouse Stage as well as Flora Shedden and Richard Burr from The Great British Bake off, Jack Monroe and Marcus Bean. It'll be loads of fun.

Jimmy's Harvest Festival, 23-24 July, at Jimmy's Farm in Wherstead, Suffolk, IP9 2AR. Tickets available at

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