Josh Eggleton, Toby Gritten, Hannah Catley and more to appear at Valley Fest 2022

Valley Fest has announced its 2022 food lineup. Josh and Holly Eggleton have curated a stellar menu, gathering the region’s hottest talent. The family-friendly festival takes place alongside Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol, between 4 – 7th August 2022.

From feasts, cooking demonstrations and Sunday sampling sessions, the Valley Fest programme caters for all tastes and budgets, with added theatre and fire, and has quality and regeneration at its heart.

Josh Eggleton is Chef Patron of the multi-award-winning restaurant The Pony Chew Valley (previously the Michelin starred Pony & Trap). This year, he’s at the helm and has brought in many of the much-loved and award-winning chefs of the South West.


Friday night sees a five-course feast headed up by Rob Howell of Root – a Bib Gourmand winner. Expect plant-based small plates with meat on the side. Saturday’s session will also have a five-courses headed up by Josh Eggleton with guest chef Jude Kereama of Kota. Prepare for seafood galore. And Sunday’s menu will be a three-course regeneratively-raised roast prepared by Josh Eggleton, Toby Gritten of the Pump House and Hannah Catley of Lockdown Loaves. All championing the finest produce the South West has to offer.

Cooking over Fire

The sizzling and smoking hot lineup includes Pete Sanchez of Michelin-starred Casamia, Paco Tapas, and Decimo London; George Livesey of Bulrush, Henry Eldon and Elliot Lidstone; Box-E, BBQ Champion, Simon Dyer and others for a special three-day extravaganza. A must-see for anyone who is passionate about BBQ smoked food.

Cooking demonstrations

There is much to learn from some of Bristol’s finest chefs. Namely Mark McCabe, The Ethicurean; Nicholas Balfe, Holm Somerset; Ben Harvey, Bianchis Group; Tamarind Galliford & Amy Symonds, Ahh Toots; Louise McCrimmon, The Blaise Inn; Hugo Harvey, Pony Bistro; Imke Potgieter, Ubuntu Food; and Simon Dyer, ITV’s BBQ Champ. Themes include home-cooking, low-waste, local and well-sourced produce.

Sunday Sessions

This little side project is the brainchild of a whole host of Bristol’s top chefs and front of house. It’s centred around the coming together of friends and family, while cooking outstanding produce over fire. For 2022, it’s coming to Valley Fest, making Sunday extra special.

Regenerative Organic

Across the festival, there is much food for thought as well as thoughtful food. Now in its eighth year, Valley Fest is renowned for its excellent mixture of organic food and wide range of music, making the festival a great team-building activity or corporate day out.

New for 2022 is the Regenerative Farming Area, sponsored by Yeo Valley. Here inspiring speakers will explain how we can heal a broken system, repair a damaged planet and empower farmers and people to eat their way to a better future, through regenerative organic farming.

Luke Hasell, Valley Fest Founder, says: “From gorgeous gourmet spreads to sexy seafood platters plus lots of regeneratively-raised local produce, this is the finest food programme we’ve ever had. We are the regeneration. Come, be part of it and GET ON MY LAND!”