Saturday, 9 April 2016

Wild Excitement

I'm starting the weekend pretty excited as I've been selected as one of the official Camp Bestival bloggers for 2016 (look over there on the right, I have a shiny new badge) and so I'm already planning and plotting...mostly I'm thinking about food!

Camp Bestival say :
Food has always been one of the shining stars in our firmament of fest-holiday frolics, so the Camp Bestival team are delighted to announce that there will be food adventures aplenty in Outer Space, with all manner of succulent delights lined-up for this year’s Feast Collective. 
Supporting some of the best streetfood producers around, each and every one of the gastronauts joining us at Lulworth Castle this July is pushing culinary boundaries. We’ve also asked them to consider their STEPS (Sustainability, Traceability, the Environment and Provenance), all making for what we think is the ultimate taste-fest, and the yummiest food you’re likely to encounter at a festival. 
Heading up our Feast Collective Ambassadors is the one and only DJBBQ, who’s as hot with a hunk of meat and a grill as he is on a pair of Technics. Commenting on his return to The Feast Collective DJBBQ AKA Christian Stevenson said: “Please don't tell the other festivals but Camp Bestival is our favourite. It's the perfect combination of fun people, exceptional location, phenomenal food, great music, and good times. I've been hosting the Feast Collective for the past couple years and it is the most carefully curated food tent on the planet. We love to throw a party and the Feast Collective is the best party at Camp Bestival. Rob da Bank himself told me that we are always one of the best sound systems at his festival. 
This year’s Feast Collective Ambassadors will also include Steven Lamb who has been the lynchpin of the River Cottage operation for more than a decade, and specialises in curing and smoking meats; Children’s Food Ambassador, and former BBC Cook of the Year, Jo Ingleby, who will be offering Children's Feast Collective Tasting Sessions; Luke Thomas, the UK’s youngest head chef, who was just 18-years-old when he took charge of his restaurant in Cookham and our Healthy Food Ambassador, Tess Ward, a Le Cordon Blue trained chef and rising star in the foodie world whose book, The Naked Diet, has put her at the forefront of making healthy food a mainstream concern. 
The line-up for this year’s multitude of Feast Collective food marvels, speciality chefs and streetfood gurus will include Seadog, the winners of the ‘Best of the Best’ prize at the 2015 British Street Food Awards, plus we will have contemporary twists on traditional Ghanaian cooking from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, noodle burger fusionists Pimp My Ramen, and real Southeast Asian street dishes and food to inspire happier living from Makatcha. Commenting on joining the Feast Collective line-up Makatcha’s Maria Knowles said: “Told by many customers that the "Feast Collective Tent has the best food!", Makatcha is so proud to be part of that. We will be bringing the EXOTIC taste of Indonesia's Rendang and special peanut sauce. The Feast Collective dream team are a real pleasure to work with too! Win Win!! for customers and traders.” 
Even more super-tasty treats are in store with 100% gluten-free, unrefined sugar and vegan treats from The Chocolate Bear Kitchen, Mauritian, Jamaican and Sicilian flavours from Coco Labelle, modern African fare including an amazing brunch menu from Lemlem Kitchen, delicious, vegan, gluten-free soup that will change your life from The Rattling Pan and high rollin’ Vietnamese streetfood from Pho Sho
Spreading the shrimpster message far and wide, Shrimpy will be on hand at this year’s Feast Collective alongside the ultimate fried chicken sandwich courtesy of Butchies, succulent meaty meat combined with fresh, vibrant and inspiring salads from The Cauldron, beautiful, delicious and nutritionally balanced juices, smoothies and kombucha from S’Juice Me, 100% natural ice lollies with no added sugar, handmade in the UK from real fruit and vegetables by Polar Pops and speciality coffee served up by Noble Espresso’s top baristas. 
Full of ambrosial adventure and flavoursome inspiration, make sure you try out the wondrous spread of deliciously decadent treats at this year’s interstellar Feast Collective!  

And don’t forget tickets are flying for our Outer Space adventures so make sure you grab yours while you can and keep on checking our website, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest sub space communications. 
Camp Bestival Festival Ticket Info: Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Tickets are on sale now via: Ticketline / 0844 888 4410 
Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Ticket Prices: 
Adult Weekend Ticket - £197.50 
Student Weekend Ticket - £185
Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket - £118
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket - £93
Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket - £45
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket - £15
Babes In Arms (1 & Under) - FREE (but ticket required)
All tickets include camping from Thursday or Friday. 

Disclosure : I freaking love this festival and I'm thrilled to have been offered tickets for free this year in exchange for telling you all how fabulous it is.