Festival season is well and truly upon us and there is often nothing better than donning the glitter and getting a good stomp on in a field. Yet, the commercialisation of some of the bigger events and sheer amount of waste generated has started to leave a sour taste in our mouths. Even Glastonbury has lost some of its magic – the planet friendly ethos is still there but its size has resulted in a shocking amount of abandoned rubbish from festival revellers.
If, like us, you’re yearning for a festival with a green mission that can still provide a glittery spectacle, then we think we might have found the answer. Valley Fest takes place on an organic farm in the heart of the Chew Valley and is a bit of a hidden gem. The Greenhouse team fell in love with it this weekend, so we’ve put together our top 5 reasons why this festival is really hitting the mark.
1. THAT view
Waking up to stunning lake views all weekend has to be one of the biggest highlights. You would struggle to find a more idyllic setting for a festival.
2. The Community Farm
What makes the view even better is learning a bit more about the farm. We were lucky enough to go on a tour and were thrilled to hear the story behind such a great initiative. The Community Farm is a community-owned social enterprise, growing and selling organic food through a box delivery service. Farmer and entrepreneur Luke Hasall partnered up with Phil Haughton at The Better Food Company and 500 other people to set it up with the aim of reconnecting people to where their food comes from.
3. All organic
Valley Fest is the UK’s only completely organic food festival and its partners include some of our favourite organic brands: Yeo Valley, Abel & Cole and Pukka Herbs to name a few. Traders were also offered discounted rates so that the organic treats were good for your wallet as well as your belly.
4. Recycle all the way
Recycling stations were clearly signposted and there was a fantastic reusable cup initiative in place. It was really apparent that everyone at the festival really respected the farm and its beautiful setting.
5. The people
Happy vibes and fabulous dance moves were in place all weekend as the festival attracted a great community of likeminded people of all ages. We really enjoyed sitting back with a tasty organic burger watching toddlers, grandmas and teens joyfully dancing to some samba.
So, there you go – sounds pretty great doesn’t it? We will definitely be heading back to the valley next year and will be counting the days till we can wake up to those views once more. If this blog has ignited some festival cravings, Shambala is just around the corner. Here is a blogpost we wrote last year highlighting their trailblazing sustainability initiatives.