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Festival food: the line-ups that really matter

Festival food: the line-ups that really matter

by Great British Chefs 17 July 2015

Forget lukewarm beans cooked over a campfire, these days music festivals are offering an increasingly impressive range of food options to sustain revelers across the weekend.

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Music festivals are the highlight of many people’s summer calendar, but in between digging out your tent and trying desperately to locate a matching pair of wellies, there can be little time in the preparation process to think about food. Before you relent and buy two bags of apples and a family pack of baked beans, it’s worth remembering that music festivals these days are offering an increasingly impressive range of food and drink to sustain you across the weekend. From global street food stalls to full fine dining experiences, take a look at our round up of the most interesting culinary options to be found at summer festivals around the UK.

16 - 19 July Latitude Festival

As usual, Latitude Festival’s range of food options is almost as varied as its programme (and bearing in mind this is a festival with everything from Alt-J to Simon Armitage on its line up that’s no mean feat). Stalls offer food from around the world including crepes, pies, wraps, jerk meats and specialty burgers - give ostrich or kangaroo a go, if you’re feeling brave. Of particular interest this year is the Blixen pop up. The Spitalfields-based restaurant is collaborating with Latitude to offer festival goers high quality brasserie style dishes across the weekend, including brunch, steaks, salads and cocktails. Reserving a place highly advised.

23 - 26 July Secret Garden Party

It’s not all about glitter and revelry at this arts and music festival. The gloriously titled Disco Picnic is a brand new arena offering street food, drinks and stalls during the day before transforming into, as the name suggests, a disco and cocktail bar during the evening. On the more refined end of the spectrum comes the Soul Fire restaurant, a fine dining experience with stunning views over the illuminated lake offering quality Italian dishes such as Dorset crab linguine and Pistachio panna cotta. Bookings must be made in advance with a deposit of £15.50 per person.

24 - 26 July WOMAD

As you might expect from a festival celebrating all things global, the selection of food available at WOMAD is suitably diverse. The myriad street food vendors at the festival’s Global Market serve up everything from traditional pizzas to Tibetan momos, with an organic tea tent and luxury farmhouse ice cream offering further refreshment. The Taste the World, situated in the site’s picturesque arboretum, provides a platform for the festival’s performing artists to share food from their home country. Part cooking demonstration, part performance and part interview, these sessions aim to be as insightful as they are inspiring, with the finished dish handed round for the audience to try.

6 - 9 Aug Wilderness Festival

This sprawling outdoor festival encourages its visitors to explore - to roam the vast grounds, take in the varied arts programme and, best of all, to navigate through the superb selection of food stalls and dining events. At this festival, food shares equal importance with the other activities, with Michelin star chefs such as Nuno Mendes and Mark Hix participating in the Long Table Banquet, Feast and Chef’s Table communal dining events. The selection of food stalls, too, will be a nightmare for the indecisive, with a range of pop ups and stands serving everything from brunch, burgers and lobster to sticky toffee pudding and curry. Tickets for the communal dining events can be purchased in advance from the festival website.

28 - 30 Aug The Big Feastival

Held in the grounds of Alex James’ Cotswolds farm, The Big Feastival is a family friendly celebrations of both music and food. With pop, electronic and easy listening artists performing across the weekend, the festival also offers a number of unique dining events including a supper club hosted by The Modern Pantry, a five course Gone Camping supper and several guest chefs (including Nathan Outlaw). Street food stalls are in abundance, and freshly baked pastries and bread are available to purchase in the campsites themselves for the perfect start to your day. Tickets for the dining experiences can be purchased online.

 

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