Choosing a winner in this category has been like picking your favourite chocolate biscuit in a pack of chocolate biscuits. Of the four finalists for Europe’s Most Unmissable Festival, any of them could have easily taken the prize. They are all incredible events, coordinated and attended by generous life-loving people. Each was unique and unforgettable and I would go back to each of them without a moment’s thought.
But there can be only one winner.
So it is with greatest pleasure that I can declare that the Winner of the 2014 One Small World Award for Europe’s Most Unmissable Festival is…
But what made this little pocket-rocket of a festival stand out against such fantastic competition, you ask? Besides cramming in everything from Morris Dancing to a Dog Show, a Beer Festival to Wormcharming, the one thing that distinguished this festival above the others was intimacy.
It’s a hard metric to quantify, this feeling of being readily accepted into a group, but the moment you enter Blackawton you can feel it. The people of the village are genuinely welcoming, and the festival itself is so tongue-in-cheek, that you can’t help but feel that you’re a part of some monumental ‘in-joke’ that everyone around you is also a part of. For one hilarious and crazy day you feel like Blackawton is the one place you’re meant to be and the rest of the world is missing out.
The festival itself is only small, attracting an estimated 600 people, but Blackawton put on a show as if expecting thousands. This is no parochial village festival, Wormcharming is enacted with a flair and easy-confidence that one would expect from a much larger festival.
Congratulations once again to Europe’s Most Unmissable Festival the Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming!
Where: Blackawton, Devon, England
When: Happens in early May (see the website for more exact details closer to the date)
How much: £3 entry for a team of 3
Why: Because it’s brilliant!
To Beltane, the Mud Olympics and the Gioco del Ponte, I’d like to extend my highest commendations. The world would be a much less interesting place without the hard work that goes into each of these festivals. Congratulations and all the best.