Camp Bestival – The Greatest Show On Earth At A Campsite By The Sea
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
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.
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.
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)
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 :)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Editor’s note: would have been too spicy for my girls
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.
Also Winners of Britain’s Best Street Food this year
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.
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.
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.
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.
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