Eating Vegan at Camp Bestival

Not to be confused with eating an actual vegan...

My lovely teen has recently embraced the vegan lifestyle and so while I am still looking forward to pulled pork, brisket baps and a bacon buttie or three at Camp Bestival, the teen will be in search of less murderous fayre.

And no creamy mash or cheesy chips of course. So what can she expect and more importantly will she have enough choice?

Well, yes. Because of course Camp Bestival is not only about music, fun, kids, and fancy dress, no! It is also about food! (and cocktails but shh, right now food is our theme)

In 2018 at the Camp Bestival Feast Collective there will be a whole vegan (and vegetarian) section, with YOUNG VEGANSBIFF’S JACK SHACK , ARANCINI BROS , HAPPY MAKI , and MILGI

Now if, like me you clicked through on any of those links you may well be drooling, because they all sound amazing. I don't think lack of choice will be an issue, I think being able to try everything might be!

Young Vegans focus on a truly British staple, pie and mash, but they make it vegan! Yum.

Biff's Jack Shack does filthy things with jack fruit... "We’ve turned that weird spiky tropical fruit into burgers and wings that have launched a thousand oh-my-god-I-can’t-believe-that’s-vegan moments."

Arancini Bros make vegetarian risotto balls "Big grains of rice are mixed through slow cooked onion, garlic and herbs, vegetable stock is added to make a firm, delicious risotto. Then we mix through flavours like cheddar, mozzarella, parsley and lemons. This is hand rolled into little balls, coated in rice flour then fried and enjoyed." And while The Vegan One won't be able to try any with cheese, I will and they sound like perfect festival food!

Happy Maki who hail from Brighton, make vegan sushi burritos! "Taste sensation sushi street food with a difference. "Su-shi" means seasoned rice and we combine this with fusion fillings alongside your more tradidional flavours of ginger, wasabi and seaweed. Once rolled up our Maki are like giant sushi burritos, they're filling, healthy and perfect for on the go eating."and I'm pretty sure that my daughter will love those, she's a huge fan of seaweed (oddly)

Milgi, a Cardiff based vegetarian and vegan restaurant have a mouthwatering selection of meals too. I'm hungry just typing all of this!

So when we get to Camp Bestival I think what to eat will not be a problem, and I have no doubt we'll find other vegan options as we meander. Festivals really do seem to be one of the best places to eat food on the go, as a vegan.

The full line up for the Camp Bestival Feast Collective is stunningly impressive, in previous years I have tried incredible curries, tempura, and Jamaican recipes, I can't wait to try some more delicious food this year.
It's not all us the meat!

Grab Tickets to Camp Bestival here - From £197.50 for an adult weekend ticket, watch Rick Astley and nibble on a risotto ball in the sunshine!

Full Line up 

Disclaimer - I will be attending Camp Bestival this year as an official Crew Member! (My ticket is provided free of charge)  So watch out for live tweeting from the event and a review afterwards.

Nozstock Festival in Herefordshire

Hello festival fans, I'm here to tell you about another festival, don't panic though, this time the tickets are not a million dollars!

No the tickets for Nozstock are a snap at £115 for adults

Nozstock The Hidden Valley has revealed a wave of artists, performers, and entertainers performing at the festival's 20th anniversary this summer.

From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July 2017, the family-friendly festival celebrates two decades of mesmerising get-togethers on a working farm in the rolling hills of Herefordshire. Curated by the father and daughter duo of Pete and Ella and their huge extended family, Nozstock has flourished over the years into one of the country’s weird and wonderful odysseys.

Artists newly revealed include We Are Scientists, The Blockheads, Reginald D Hunter, Honeyfeet, Mad Dog Mcrea, Jalen N’Gonda, Slamboree Soundsystem, Spunge, Uncle Dugs, Mollie Collins and many more, along with an abundance of further performers across the festival, taking place at Orchard Stage, Garden Stage, Cubicles, Bandstand, The Cabinet of Lost Secrets, The Altered State, Elephant’s Grave and many more beautiful intimate and weird locations.

They join the already announced Goldfrapp, The Selecter, Dub Pistols, Macka B, Electric Swing Circus, Kiko Bun, The Lovely Eggs, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Mr Tea and The Minions, Mad Apple Circus, Buffos Wake, Childcare, Catholic Action, Seas of Mirth, and The Stiff Joints.

From the DJ side there’s Chase & Status (DJ set + Rage), Grandmaster Flash, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, DJ Marky & G.Q, Black Sun Empire, S.P.Y, Audio, Dillinja, Randall, Sonny Wharton, Taskforce, Verb T & Pitch 92 and many more

Nozstock The Hidden Valley – celebrating 20 years Friday 20th – 22nd July 2018 @ Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LS

Tickets: From £115 for adults / From £95 teens / 12s and under free / @Nozstock

Review of the first PDSA Petlife festival

I hope the PDSA Petlife Festival becomes a regular event. Blessed with glorious sunshine the festival was a riot of doggy fun. Plenty of shady spots and paddling pools for the pooches to keep cool, and enough space to wander comfortably, the festival felt spacious and well managed.

Water bowls were placed almost every 5 metres, free snack samples (for dogs), agility courses, lectures, vets on hand for chats and advice, police dog displays, the list was endless for doggy fun, there was even dog diving in a large deep pool!

blue pool

If I have a moan (and no festival is ever going to be perfect) the organisers need to remember to enforce their own rules fairly. Declaring 'no chairs' and 'no picnics' to be brought in is fine, but extremely annoying when you later see people that appear to have come in with both!

Small border terrier and girl in sun glasses on a blanket on grass
Fizz and Raffy relax in the shade

And on the subject of picnics, if we are not allowed to bring food in then organisers need to think more about people food! While dogs were extremely well catered for, the human food offerings were less that great. No vegan options apart from chips and even the meat options were very limited. More food next year please!

bulldog puppy

But it was a great idea to hold the festival at the race course as there was great infrastructure there already, nice toilets and plenty of different areas that worked as 'rooms' with different themes, from the quiet areas to the main stage area, where the bands played late into the evening, excellent music selections and a good idea to keep dogs far back from the stage, Fizz and I snoozed on a giant deckchair while DD went down to the barrier to see The Vamps and Jessie J.

small border terrier and woman on large deckchair

We even managed to fit in a little shopping at the PDSA vintage clothing stall and we picked up some herbal anxiety medicine for nervous Fizz from Lintbells. (I'll let you know if it works!)
weird dog

It was a great day out and well work the ticket price (£38 each) and the three hour drive each way. We arrived home tired but happy and Fizz enjoyed an almost 24 hour nap to recover!

staffordshire bull terrier on grass

border terrier in a bandana

Cornbury Festival

Cornbury festival is a new festival for me. All I knew about it before I investigated it a bit more this year was what I had read in the Guardian, and that was that David Cameron went to it. So I am imagining a festival that is slightly posh I think! Maybe my ballgown won't be dressy enough...

I'm looking at photos online from previous years, to get ideas as to what is the dress code, Wilderness festival is very much a sparkles and glitter festival, Camp Bestival is a silly 'any thing goes' sort of festival, but will Cornbury be tea dresses and lounge suits or fancy dress and jeans?

The Travel Loving Family blog make it look rather like a giant summer fete or picnic, smart casual wear, a relaxed feel and gorgeous weather! I hope that continues.

Festival Kidz review seems to suggest the same, with plenty of crafts to get involved in, I hope having a small child isn't essential to take part as I love a bit of crafting and I'll be with my teen.

Emma and 3 has cheered me with her assertion that tutus are a must! Hurrah, I love a tutu and now I have the perfect excuse, if it's chilly I can pop one on over my jeans.

So festival wear seems jeans and T shirts, with added frills - perfect. I shall pack a few summer frocks and pray for sun. I'm already imagining sipping a G&T in the gorgeous Tew Estate, sitting decorously on my checkered picnic blanket. I shall also take the lovely new cardigan with flamingos on that I recently bought in Primark (not posh).

I shall now just have to try and decide which acts I really can't miss and start hoping they don't clash. I know that DD is as keen as I am to see Alanis Morissette and I have adored Caro Emerald for so long, I'm really excited to see her live.

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