Reasons to be cheerful at debut Graze Festival

Twyford rocked last Sunday, as its first ever music and food festival drew a huge crowd. The event, organised by a team from the village, saw more than 2000 people enjoy a wide range of food and drink, as well as hearing great music on two stages.

For 12 hours, Hazeley Fields, owned by sponsor Humphrey Farms, became Graze Festival. During the afternoon there were activities for children, as well as live performances including local performers like Daisy Trail, Josh Savage and Darren Black.

High quality food ranged from buffalo burgers to falafel; paella to curry. Twyford’s popular pub The Bugle provided a huge range of beers and ciders, as well as dedicated Gin and Fizz and children’s bars.

As night fell, the main stage was host first to Los Pacaminos, a hugely entertaining Tex-Mex band featuring 1980s favourite Paul Young. The evening ended on a tumultuous note with The Blockheads, giving blistering performances of some of their most famous songs including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and of course Reasons to be Cheerful, by which time the crowd were very cheerful indeed.

One of the originators of the project, Tim Smith, said:

“We wanted to create an event in Twyford which would have a really wide appeal. Our aim was to create a great day out for families as well as the discerning festival music fans.

“In the end, it all worked to perfection, and we delivered an event that exceeded all expectations.” he added. “The forecast rain held off, we attracted more than 2000 people from the village and much further afield, and everyone had a really good time. And in doing so, they also raised more than £10,000 for our local charities and fund-raising groups.”

“I could not be more proud of what we – the great team of volunteers who made it all happen – achieved at our first Graze Festival,” Smith concluded. “This year we far exceeded our expectations – Graze Festival 2016 will be even bigger and better!”

Smith also paid tribute to the commercial sponsors who ensured such a substantial contribution to the good causes. The main stage was sponsored by Partridge Mini / BMW, with estate agent Charters sponsoring the acoustic stage. Twyford Dental Care and Purdie & Swan sponsored the childrens’ events; Central Generator Hire contributed all the power and lighting; and M Young Scaffolding built the kids’ stage as well as much of the necessary infrastructure. Humphrey Farms generously provided the venue, and Kevin and Sonia Watson the car park. WaveFM was Graze Festival’s media partner.

Graze Festival is planned and run by volunteers and is a not-for profit organisation. The success of the 2015 festival ensured ensures that generous donations could can be made to a number of local groups and charities that make up the fantastic community around Twyford and Winchester.

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