Good Food Blog
Gourmet music festivalsPosted at 4:12PM, 12 May 2008 by Andrea McGinniss - Editor, bbcgoodfood.com
I'm just back from my first music festival of the summer, and have the familiar post-festival feeling as I sit slumped at my desk - bloated and a little blue. Blue because it was brilliant and it's over, and bloated because I kept energy levels steady with a three-day diet of beer and bacon butties, despite the fact it had self-catering facilities.
It's tradition to eat badly at a music festival, isn't it? Well maybe not for much longer, for alongside the burger vans and beer queues things are getting a lot more gourmet.
I rocked (and rolled out of) Connect Festival in Inverary last summer, which bills itself as a 'boutique' festival, catering for the more discerning festival-goer with better facilities and less muck. Less mucky it wasn't - the wellies got a real workout - but the food was amazing.
Oysters and pear cider might not be very rock and roll but I like them...
Organisers set up a mini farmers' market where local producers shucked endless oysters, barbecued prime venison burgers and doled out bowls of steaming sticky date pud. I spent more time in that tent than in front of any stage. Then there was the Scotch whisky tent and the pear cider - forget the warm flat beer in a plastic cup, this stuff was special, and all too easy to quaff!
My latest experience couldn't have been more different, but was no less enjoyable. All Tomorrow's Parties is held at Butlin's and Pontin's holiday camps, pure kitsch served with chips, but you get to sleep in chalets not tents (yay!) and cook your own food should you be bothered (we weren't).
Now smaller, boutique festivals seem to be popping up in every second field. I'm looking forward to checking out 'green' festival 2000 Trees which promises all kinds of good food as well as music, and Camp Bestival with its 'magic meadow' full of world food stalls. Oysters and pear cider might not be very rock and roll but I like them. As long as I can still get that bacon butty too.
What do you think of festival food? Do you fancy a burger after a hard day in the field or are you all for fine festival dining?