3 UK Summer Music Festivals Where the Food Really Counts
Eclectic British summer music festivals are a great opportunity to enjoy some top notch nosh in an unusual outdoor location, from banquets to Bloody Marys.
The great British summer music festival is increasingly as much about the food offering as the musical talent itself. Hedonistic crowds not only want to have festival fun but dine well whilst doing so, however remote the setting, and dropping big chef names alongside rockstars all adds to the kudos.
Here are three festivals where the food is taken just as seriously as the line-up...
Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall
Freshly shucked oysters, afternoon tea in the orangerie, wood fired pizza and locally foraged food are just a few of the treats in store for festival goers at the eccentric yet thoroughly British festival set in a family estate and parkland in a quaint corner of Cornwall.
Suitably British bars are also on hand to get into the swing of things including; Sipsmith gin bar, a touring Bloody Mary ambulance to help revive any hangover casualties and Le Vignoble wine lounge set inside a walled garden. Those in need of something stronger can always try the Black Cow vodka bar.
Photo: Port Eliot Festival
What: Port Eliot FestivalWhen: 28 - 31 July, 2016Where: Cornwall, UKWebsite
Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
The Long Table Banquets at this elegantly understated festival have gathered quite a reputation. Re-creating the luxury and conviviality of dining communually inside a beautifully decorated banquet hall attracts an equally interesting chef line-up. This year welcomes Peruvian favourite, Virgilio Martinez, Spring innovator Skye Gyngell and Michelin-starred Raymond Blanc. Each headlining chef on different days prepares a four course lunch and a five course dinner to guests dressed up in their finery.
For a more intimate affair try a dinner at the Chef's Table, where the likes of Christian Puglisi will prepare your dinner under your watchful gaze.
Make sure you book ahead to secure a seat for both events.
What: Wilderness FestivalWhen: 4 -7 August, 2016Where: Oxfordshire, UKWebsite
The Big Feastival,
This family friendly event is set in the rolling Oxfordshire countryside farm of ex bassist from Blur Alex James, turned dairy famer. There's plenty to keep amateur cooks busy with hands on cookery courses and demonstrations with appearances from the likes of Jamie Oliver, Michelin Star masters Raymond Blanc, Nathan Outlaw and Tom Kerridge, as well as award-winning restaurateurs Thomasina Miers and José Pizarro.
Those more interested in diving straight in to the local fare can visit the artisanal food and drink market showcasing dozens of local producers. Alex James will also be selling his own artisanal cheeses in the cheese hub along with guest dj's and all day cocktails.
What The Big FeastivalWhen: 26 - 28 August, 2016Where Oxfordshire, UKWebsite