A mix of top chefs, a generous helping of pop stars and a sprinkling of celebrities helped make Big Feastival the tastiest yet.

The festival, hosted by Blur bassist and cheese maker Alex James on his farm at Kingham, near Chipping Norton, will draw to a close tonight after three days of music and food-related fun in the sun.

The fine weather was in sharp contrast to last year’s soggy and muddy conditions and provided the perfect setting for a festival which was praised by revellers for its friendliness and the quality of its family-friendly fun.

Among the celebrities enjoying the sun were model and TV presenter Kelly Brook, rapper Professor Green, Downton Abbey actor Matthew Goode, film director Sam Mendes, actress Amanda Holden and comic actor Simon Pegg.

Highlights included Friday night’s set by Faithless DJ Sister Bliss and a Hacienda Classical show of dance music played by an orchestra, with guest stars including Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder, New Order’s Peter Hook and Alex James himself.

Also packing in the crowds were comic Latin-hip-hop act The Cuban Brothers, X Factor stars Louisa Johnson and Olly Murs, indie-pop band Embrace and Ella Eyre.

Food is a large part of the festival, with live cooking demonstrations by chef Rick Stein and his son Jack among others. 
Showing off his culinary – and mixing – skills was former Big Feastival co-host Jamie Oliver, who gave a cookery demonstration and joined

Alex, and the rock star’s 13 year-old son Geronimo, on the decks for a DJ set.

Revellers included Hannah Marie Shogeesan from Buckinghamshire, who was visiting on Saturday. She said: “I love it.

“We came last year but it rained, which put us off camping, but it has been so good this time we are coming for the whole weekend again next year.”

Christy Greves, 22, from Leafield, near Witney was enjoying the party with friends Kathleen Pryor and Molly Gadon, both from Gloucestershire. 

She said: “It’s a really nice family festival and very friendly. 

“The music is good but it would be good to see a few more local bands playing next year.”

Alex James said: “It’s about all the things I care passionately about. It’s a winning formula, though every year we ‘up the ante’ – and we had more going on this year than ever.”