I think as a nation, we are pretty good at Music Festivals. Indeed we are home to some of the biggest and the oldest (still in existence) in the World (Reading, my old favourite!), and definitely some of the most famous. But something huge has changed – Festival food. No longer are Festival goers happy to pay for the meagre offerings of half-cooked noodles, rock-hard baked potatoes, or hot dogs with dubious meat content (as was the main sustenance of the Festivals of my youth – along with cloudy cider of course!).
Nowadays you are positively spoilt for choice at the vast array of food available. And with some major Festivals stipulating that stall holders only use food from the immediate area, and groups such as the Young British Foodies taking centre stage, the standards are much much higher than days of old. So, if you’ve just got back from a Festival and are looking to recreate a few favourite dishes at home – or you are heading to a Festival for the first time, and would like some idea of what to expect in the food department – look no further!..
According to my spies, there are some new global favourites in the festival food arena. Moroccan is definitely one of the new darlings, and relatively new blog The Hussy London Housewife (fab name!) obliges with Moroccan Chicken and Lemon Tagine with Argan Oil.
Mexican cuisine is also up there, and Tamarind & Thyme’ s (Not just for Breakfast) Burrito sounds like perfect way to start the day (or night)!
The Middle East also provides the inspiration for many a succulent Kebab, and English Mum has a fine example with her Easy Spiced Kofta Kebabs (with Coriander Hummus and Tzatziki), and then there’s (one of my all time favourites) My Kitchen Treasure’s Falafel.
Getting people into the Carnival spirit, here’s My Kitchen Antics with a beautifully photographed Jerk Marinated Poussin with Rice and Beans.
Fancy something filling, but light and summery (and equally warming for those Festivals when Wellies are the order of the day)? Paella seems a good choice – I particularly love A Glug of Oil’s colourful version.
Cider with Rosie takes us to Japan with her Chicken Teryaki with Udon, Pak Choi and Sesame, and moving a little closer to the equator, Taste Hong Kong shows us how authentic Soy Sauce Fried Noodles (aka Chow Mein) should really taste.
Time for some of the more usual (but no less decent) Festival Fayre – first up Pizza! I love the look of Alexandra’s Kitchen Baking Steel Pizza, and with two to choose from – Tomato & Mozzarella or Caramelised Onion & Burrata, everyone’s happy!
Would a Festival be a Festival without that reliable fall back of Fish and Chips? The Resourceful Cook has a very reasonably priced portion, with Minted Mushy Peas, and Thyme Roasted chips.
Burgers are always a popular choice, and Gourmet Mum has a recipe for a lovely Pork, Apple and Cheddar variety, whilst for quick and Easy Veggie Burgers you should pop on over to Mummy Alarm. And whilst we’re talking vegetarian, how about this precious family recipe for Vegetarian Spag Bol from Alexander Residence?
Depleted energy levels usually mean that my sweet tooth goes into overdrive at such events, and Brown Eyed Baker’s Butter Milk Donuts totally reminds me of the big paper bags of donuts we used to enjoy late at night, fresh from the frier and covered with sugar. Equally popular nowadays are Churros – and if you would like to make your own, View From the Table shows us how. In need of a cuppa and some decent cake? Seek out the WI tent where you might find Recipe Junkie’s Sticky Ginger Treacle Cake (aptly AKA Camping Cake), I might also have to have some of Caroline Make’s Shortbread Squares with Chocolate Fudge and Marshmallow, and some of Kiwi and Peach’s uniquely named, but incredible looking Gorilla Pull Apart Bread.
And as the artists leave, the stages are dismantled and tents are packed away for another year, that’s your lot for this month. Inspired by the talk of the WI Tea Tent, next month’s Foodie Round-Up will be all about Afternoon Tea. Something else we do so very very well!