Gone are the days when festival fare was about simple sustenance, now any self-respecting organizer knows their punter’s palates have developed past dodgy hot dogs and dehydrated bean burgers. Blame the lofty standards of street food trucks across the UK, blame restaurants getting in on the act by hosting elaborate banquets or just blame that well-known chef and his cheese loving friend, but welly wearing festy folk have higher eating expectations than ever before.
One such four-day field fiesta stepping up to the plate is Camp Bestival, setting up for its seventh year at Lulworth Castle in South Dorset from 31st July – 3rd August. This time round their ‘Feast Collective’ boasts some of the best names in the business – from street food sensations Smokestak (who will be bringing his BBQ smoker ‘train’) and Baba G’s Bhangra Burgers to the man responsible for bringing Peruvian food to the masses, Martin Morales. Festival-goers can get involved in supper clubs from the likes of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and Crayfish Bob or even indulge in a spot of fine dining courtesy of Dalston-based eatery White Rabbit.
Making sure those whistles stay wet, Josie da Bank’s Jam Jar Bar will offer thirsty hoards the chance to sip cocktails in a 1960s converted caravan. Whilst the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club will give matriarch’s the chance to shake off the shackles of child care in a Moroccan-inspired speakeasy.
It’s on our summer itinerary. Make sure it’s on yours.
For more information on The Feast Collective or to book tickets to Camp Bestival visit campbestival.net