Daylesford Summer Festival 2014

 I have been desperate to visit the Daylesford farm for about 2 years and can often be found lingering near the cheese tasters or lusting after their homeware in the Chelsea farm shop. It is one of my favourite places to buy organic groceries, (great for a spot of zero waste/package-free shopping) so when I discovered via instagram that they were hosting their very own summer festival and it was free to go I thought what better way to kickstart the summer and enjoy an abundance of delicious organic grub!

Set in the Cotswolds, Daylesford is an organic farm producing everything from home grown veggies, organic meat, cakes, honey, cheese, candles and homeware. They have an on site cookery school as well as the Bamford day spa which I am desperate to try. In fact, I plan on staying in one of their super cosy cottages (which have log fires in the bedrooms people! #quaint) and trying eveything they have to offer asap!

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 But back to the Summer Festival. Waggiest tails and scruffiest dogs were rewarded in Lily’s Dog Show whilst the foodies could feast their eyes and their tummies on an array of organic food from pulled pork flatbreads to scoops of organic ice cream as well as housing a plethora of stands presenting their artisan wares. Homegrown organic veggies and pots of fresh organic herbs were in abundance and the sunny weather was the icing on the organic cake… of which there were plenty to choose from.

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For those wanting to release their inner chef, the Cookery School was offering up tips and tricks as well as some scrummy tasters from their demos.

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Being a fan of a zero waste operation, I was also delighted to see a whole corner dedicated to compost in the Market Garden as well as 5 different bins for the variety of trash that the event may have caused. Responsible. Love it.

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But for me, the highlight was hopping on the back of a truck towed by a JCB digger and taken on a tour of the farm by Richard Smith who makes working with a sheep dog look as easy as switching tv channels. We discovered the importance of their organic ethos  and how the animals are cared for as well as getting a chance to see the heritage breeds roaming the idyllic fields. For example, egg laying chickens and a chicken used for a Sunday roast are apparently two very different birds and live much longer than your average free-range feathered friend on the Daylesford estate. Who knew?

So after several hours of frolicking in the organic pastures and gorging on scrumptous food it was time to return to the big smoke… but hopefully not for long.

To find out more about Daylesford, click here.

Copyright ECO BOOST and Kate Arnell including images.

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