Camp Bestival 2014 – The Feast Collective

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The Feast Collective - Camp Bestival 2014

Paul and I were asked to review the massive and delicious food tent otherwise known as The Feast Collective whilst we were at Camp Bestival, we were over the moon with joy and there were a whole range of new names for us to savour, here’s our thoughts in the order we ate them.

Poco – Seasonal tapas

Poco seasonal tapas

I headed over to the Poco stand as I know my Paul loves tapas. The sight alone of the stand was enough to get your mouth watering, enormous paella like pans were on the go filled with a tomato sauce and other ingredients simmering gently in the background ready to go.

I presented my two tickets and asked them to surprise me and I came away with a chorizo and egg on sourdough and a aubergine on sourdough.

Poco seasonal tapas

They were delicious and I would have easily returned there another time but we had work to do and a lot of stalls to get around.

Editor’s note: The meal I was given was an ample portion, quite sufficient but I’m not sure my girls would have eaten it. Also Tom Hunt the eco chef behind Pocos was celebrating his tenth anniversary of being in business and a new book out The Natural Cook Book reviving our culinary heritage and reducing food waste.

poco seasonal tapas

DJ BBQ

Brilliant stall, great music thumping and freshly slow -low cooked burgers on the go in enormous drums out the back tended by some very cheerful staff indeed (see below). Paul ordered two cheeseburgers for the girls and they were both devoured completely (much to dad’s disappointment who was hoping to finish some off) 

DJ BBQ Camp Bestival

Editor’s note: Christian Stevenson grew up in American south and brought his artisan tradition of fire cooked meat with him. He also was The Feast Collective’s resident DJ and the music was amazing. I believe he’s the guy in the tight body suit above :)

DJ BBQ burgers

The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club

Helen McGinn, author of the blog and book The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club now out in paperback was present with her stall of incredibly interesting wines and I was lucky enough to attend her wine tasting. We sipped through 6 different wines starting with prosecco and champagne. Here is her tent and crowd.

Knackered Mother's Wine Club

The beauty of Helen’s blog is she gives top tips on where to find the very best wines at the vey best prices, subscribe and never miss out again! Penny from A Residence has captured Helen’s Camp Bestival wine tasting beautifully here 

Knackered Mother's Wine Club audience

The Cake Shop Bakery

Who can say no to a slice of cake? This couple, David and Lindsay Wright beat over 60 bakeries to claim the title of Best Bakery in the UK. I enjoyed a delicious slice of their Root Cake and another or their Ginger cake, not at the same time I hasten to add. Both delicious. I can see why they were winners.

the cake bakery shop

Rola Wala

This was a really interesting stall owned by Mark Wright who puts a British twist on traditional food from Calcutta, Bombay and Kernal. Here is me right after Knackered Mother’s wine tasting in need of some good soaking up. My wrap was delicious and held surprising crunchy bites along with tasty meat and vegetables. Epic Indian street food.

Rola Wola wrap

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

zoe's ghana kitchen

Yum, yum double yum! My mouth was watering as I stood in the queue at Zoe’s, with the meat sizzling behind on a grill and bowls of delicious food in front, tummy rumbling sights for sure. I tried plantain for the first time and yes it is a bit like banana. The whole meal was utterly scrumptious and quite possibly one of my favourites of the whole weekend.

zoe's ghana kitchen

Editor’s note: would have been too spicy for my girls

zoe's ghana kitchen

Dorshi

dorshi

This is a mix of Asian street food via Dorset – home of Camp Bestival.

I was served a taste of three different dumplings one cheese, one pork and one salted whiting, the girls loved them. The dumplings were served on some exquisite salads worth taking note of for future inspiration.

Dorshi

Also Winners of Britain’s Best Street Food this year

dorshi meal

 

girls eating Dorshi

Biblos

Dad visited this stall as we had the tickets leftover and wanted to do the job properly, he returned with some super tasty morsels of meat rolled in breadcrumbs and spice and then deep fried served on a bed of salad. I know I was busting at the seams but it had to be done and boy was it good.

Biblos

The Feast Collective

The greatest thing about this area, and there was a lot more that I didn’t get to visit, was all the activities (free) laid out for the kids to enjoy! Hula hoops, tons of them, arches to run under, and games for so many. It allowed the parents to sit and enjoy their meals whilst the young ones played happily in the sunshine.

The Feast collective

Needless to say after that we needed a good walk and Camp Bestival is the perfect walking/strolling ground as there is so much going on

Surplus Supper Club

This was where we sat and ate our Sunday roast, in a colourful tent with a beautifully laid table and a caraf of organic wine to share. The thing I love most about the Surplus Supper Club is the ethics behind it. FareShare South West the award winning charity, are the Greatest Upcyclers on Earth, they collect some of the four million tonnes of good quality food that the UK food industry throws away every year. The reason behind throwing away this enormous quantity of food is ‘promotions out of date or over ordering. 

The surplus Supper club

They then create the most ethical catering possible. Much of the food is redistributed to organisations working with vulnerable people and then some is used for creating magical events of all shapes and sizes using perfectly good ingredients.

There are four million people in the UK living in food poverty, this is one way of helping them as all the funds from any meal bought from Surplus Supper Club are all ploughed back to where it is most needed.

surplus supper club

Look out for them at Bestival and Shambala, Big Green Week and Bristol Food Connections, we thoroughly enjoyed our sit down meal.

Tickets for 2015

Early Bird tickets for Camp Bestival 2015 go on sale Friday 8th August 2014, and there is a payment plan, so catch them while you can! 

Disclosure: We were given tickets to Camp Bestival and food vouchers for the purpose of this post, the preview and another on it’s way soon about our experience as newbies – watch out for it

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19 Comments

  1. August 8, 2014 / 9:42 AM

    Oh my this is amazing and makes me want to eat it all AGAIN! Love your pics of DJ BBQ, he was ace! The veggie one I tried and meant to send you pics of was amazing too, and POCO I could have eaten 10 times over!

    • August 11, 2014 / 8:19 AM

      It was an excellent food tent wasn’t it? Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen was delicious too

  2. August 8, 2014 / 10:57 AM

    OMG Mari I am starving now! That all sounds utterly brilliant, and very tasty! We HAVE to go next year! :)

    • August 11, 2014 / 8:21 AM

      Yes, you must, it’s the best family festival – so much going on, we only scratched the surface

  3. August 8, 2014 / 10:59 AM

    Wow, this looks like a culinary journey around the world and I thought camping was all about baked beans and tinned Ravioli. I didn’t know there were so many exciting food stalls at Camp Bestival. Looks fantastic!

    • August 11, 2014 / 8:21 AM

      Amazing isn’t it? It makes such a difference to know you can rely on really good food, it’s like going out but with the kids in tow enjoying themselves!

  4. August 8, 2014 / 2:02 PM

    I don’t think I have the words but will several wows do?!! Looks like a veritable feast of delights you lucky woman. Clearly I need to investigate Camp Bestival as it seems that 90 per cent of the blogging world were there.

    • August 11, 2014 / 8:22 AM

      Ha ha! There were quite a few of us which made it even nicer as every now and then you’d bump into a familiar friendly face. The kids love it too which is part of the huge success.

  5. August 8, 2014 / 5:43 PM

    Biblos was very tasty but I’m annoyed I didn’t try Poco now!! Gorgeous food everywhere you looked in there :)

  6. August 8, 2014 / 8:48 PM

    That is so amazing that I have actually clicked through to find out more about next year. I love how ethical it all is, as well as the tasty food and wine.

  7. August 9, 2014 / 8:37 AM

    oh my, I am actually drooling at some of that food!

    It looks delicious x x

  8. August 9, 2014 / 3:17 PM

    What an amazing tent that was. The smells were incredible. If I hadn’t been so hot I would have been in there all afternoon!

    I missed out on the cake though as the queue was huge and we had to go. I hope they are there next year!

  9. August 9, 2014 / 3:44 PM

    It looks like a foodies paradise!Loving how many faces I recognised in Knackered Mother’s Wine club tent ;)

  10. August 10, 2014 / 8:05 PM

    Oh wow, Mari I completely missed that tent! The food looks amazing! x

  11. August 11, 2014 / 8:20 AM

    You’ve shocked me! We visited that tent twice a day and still couldn’t decide what to go for DJ BBQ was amazing and he was so fun too

  12. August 11, 2014 / 10:19 AM

    always fab food at Camp Bestival, I think this year they surpassed themselves – the feast collective was amazing! I love variety, something I wouldn’t otherwise be able to try and the feast collective delivered that in spades. So much imaginative and delicious food.

  13. August 12, 2014 / 10:37 AM

    I have always wanted to go the camp bestival! It looks amazing. The pictures look great :)

  14. August 12, 2014 / 4:37 PM

    I had no idea that Camp Bestival was such a haven for foodies. I think I’d have really enjoyed The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club & The Cake Shop Bakery!

  15. August 14, 2014 / 1:33 PM

    You feasted like kings! I think this is a great opportunity to try so many different cuisines…If it wasn’t for the camping I’d be tempted ;)

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