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Enjoy the good life at Herts and Essex Community Farm's music festival

By Enya Holland

Billy Lunn of the Subways performing at FarmFest 2017
Billy Lunn of the Subways performing at FarmFest 2017

Herts and Essex Community Farm is bringing people together once again with its fifth annual festival.

Bobby Kalafi introducing artwork on stage at FarmFest 2017
Bobby Kalafi introducing artwork on stage at FarmFest 2017

The good cause, which aims to promote educational, social, environmental and health benefits to the area, is hosting the free event at its Fold Croft site on Saturday, August 11, from noon to 6pm.

Guests are encouraged to arrive by foot or public transport as there is only limited parking available at the nearby St Thomas More Church in Hodings Road.

Entertainment will be provided by acts including Harlow Rock School, Southend-born musician and photographer Ian Treherne, Electric Catnip and Harlow-based duo the Valaitis Brothers.

Continuing the festival’s focus on all things local, meat for the BBQ will be sourced from Harlow’s Churchgate Sausage Shop.

The farm is also serving up its own produce with a range of vegan food using vegetables grown on site. There are plenty of activities on offer for children and adults alike, including jewellery making, face painting and old-fashioned games.

Organiser Elliot Wollen said: “We are looking forward to our fifth ever Farm Fest. Last year was our busiest year ever and we hope to engage the local community again with a lovely day out to bring families and friends together in a beautiful environment. We have a lot to celebrate as our town is thriving and we feel we have our part to play by promoting environmental sustainability, organic food growing and giving a chance to local musicians and people wanting to have a fun day out!”

All proceeds will go towards furthering the work the community farm does, including working with schools, community groups and providing fresh produce to Essex homeless charity, Streets 2 Homes.

An after party is being held at Phoenix Live in the old TSB building in the town centre from 7pm where local DJs Superfly and musicians Dan Thomas, Jedd Martin and Shambles will also be performing for a £3 entrance fee.


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