24 August 2017

Curated by Wales' very own Cerys Matthews, The Good Life Experience is returning to Flintshire on 15-17 September 2017.

To get you in the mood, here are five fantastic things to get excited about ahead of the chilled weekend.

A woman stands infant of a banner thats says The Good Life Experiences

The Good Life Experience, North East Wales

 by Paul Johnson

A line-up of first class speakers

Some of those giving talks are the former Children's Laureate and author Michael Rosen, presenter Kate Humble, editor of The Big Issue Paul McNamee and author of new Do Lectures book 'Do Wild Baking', Tom Herbert. Performers include DJ Norman Jay MBE, Trembling Bells, Ezza and Caught By The River.

Cerys Matthews and musicians

The Good Life Experience, North East Wales by The Good Life Experience

Brand new 'Feasts'

Move over, tins of baked beans. At this festival, you can enjoy a feast from established chefs. There are three feasts, each consisting of two courses and drinks, cooked by different chefs. On Friday, Mike Keen and Olia Hercules prepare slow-cooked charcoal chicken with Ukranian bread. Saturday's menu from Brazilian brothers Andre and Anderson Queiroz features a pick of Brazil's best street food delicacies, while Damian Clisby prepares a pit-cooked twist on Sunday lunch the following day. Book in advance!

Very colourful cuisine on display at The Good Life Experience

Delightful dishes on display, The Good Life Experience, North East Wales

 by Jonathan Cherry

Al fresco cooking demos at the campfire 

Make the most of the beautiful scenery and the joy of the wilderness by joining chefs around a grand campfire for mouth-watering cooking. This year's list of hosts includes 2005 Masterchef winner and co-founder of Wahaca Thomasina Miers, expert in Spanish cuisine José Pizarro, Tom Herbert of The Fabulous Baker Brothers, the women behind Hang Fire Smokehouse, healthy eating enthusiast Anna Jones, mushroom forager Roger Phillips and many more.

A cooking demonstration is taking place, we see the back of the chefs who are delivering the demonstration to a crowded tent of people

Cooking demonstration, The Good Life Experience, North East Wales

 by Jonathan Cherry

Food, glorious food!

Building on last year's knock-out line-up of eating options, the food trucks at the festival have something for everyone. Highlights include grilled cheese sandwiches from The Cheese Truck, Persian street food from Open Sesame, Devon crab by Claw, thick cut bacon from Le Swine, healthy Indian dishes by SpiceBox, grains from Rude Health and handfuls of other tempting treats.

Dish of food and person cooking outdoors

The Good Life Experience, North East Wales  by The Good Life Experience

A bigger and better Makers' Row

While food is a big deal at the festival, it's not the only focus. At Makers' Row, professional craftspeople show their traditional crafts and share their skills through workshops and demos. You'll find illustrators, model makers, ceramicists, textile crafters, blacksmiths, screen printers, candle makers, wood whittlers and lots of other craft kings and queens in between!

Shot of a woman carving a spoon shape out of wood with a knife

Carving wood, The Good Life Experience, North East Wales

 by Jonathan Cherry