The food is no ordinary festival food, this is on another level, think Petersham Nurseries, Duck and Waffle, Hix, Raymond Blanc, Moro, Skye Gyngell alongside food vans selling mac and cheese, greasy burgers and cheesy chips. The variety of food is so diverse, you can gather all of your pickiest eaters and know there'll be something for everyone- vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, low carb all catered for, you can even go on a foraging workshop and forage your own goods to eat and drink later!
Seasonal salads at Petersham Nurseries
The offerings from top restaurants mean you get the chance to try food from places you might not live near, or usually be able to afford, or manage to get a table at but have lusted after on social media forever!
In the evenings you can indulge in long table banquets, intimate supper clubs, or grab something from a food stall, and take it to the lake and enjoy it under the stars.
Buddha bowls, packed with freshly steamed kale, kimichi, omega seeds, vegan Massamam curry and halloumi
Very non low carb chips, dripping in hot cheese and onion sauce, sprinkled with more grated cheddar and herbs. I have to recreate these with low carb chip very soon as they really were a gamechanger!
Dairy free, and low carb (not the cone!) malted coconut ice cream, with baked apple sorbet from Gingers
Drinks wise, we're talking everything from slushy daiquiris, to Laurent Perrier in an orangery, cold pressed juices to a Heineken hideout.
Petersham Nurseries Rose Petal Prosecco
Frozen Margaritas at Aynhoe Park backstage bar
We ate and ate (and drank and drank) but still left feeling there was so much we hadn't tried. I wandered up to the Mae Deli on the Sunday and they had sold out of everything! Did mange to grab a couple of the new Deliciously Ella energy balls though, before they'd even hit the shops.
If ever there was a festival that you don't want to drag a barbeque and supplies along to, it would be this one! Plus, by the time I've done my obligatory pre festival supermarket shop I usually come out spending far more than I would have done just buying food at the festival anyway.
I'll be back tomorrow with some more, less food orientated, Wilderness highlights!