JOY festival attracts thousands

JOY Festival

The long awaited transformation of Convent Field in Lewes into a paradise for foodies, music lovers, artisans and fans of the unique proved extremely popular for residents, local businesses and visitors alike who came along in their thousands last weekend (25/26 June). 

Organised by the Food Rocks team together with Firle Vintage Fair, JOY brought a summer celebration of incredible exhibitors rarely found together in Sussex – a mix of artisan food and drink stalls, street food and pop up bars alongside amazing outdoors, homewares and country lifestyle stands creating the perfect setting for a top quality weekend of top in a great setting. Both days included a line-up of live music and dancing, a Union Music stage and creative workshops for children and adults.

Lewes District Council, who supported the event, took the opportunity to speak to a cross section of festival goers to find out what they thought of the event.  The majority thought the festival either good or very good, they liked the scale and size of the festival and were impressed with the great selection of stalls and variety of food and activities on offer. Many hoped that it would become an annual event. In addition to the hundreds of residents who attended, the festival also attracted a large number of visitors from across Sussex and beyond.

Jackie Blackwell, Regeneration Project Manager said, “Not only was it a great festival, enjoyed by so many, it provided the ideal opportunity for us to let people know about the council’s visitor destination website Stay Lewes, Coast & Country.  The site is mobile friendly and has a free events calendar for events taking place throughout the Lewes District.”

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Story published on 01 July 2016