Don’t miss some of the finest food you’ll find at any festival…
Some of the country’s best street food can be found in a field in Dorset, but only from the 28th to 31st July when Camp Bestival sets up at Lulworth Castle. Although it’s best known as a music festival aimed at families, the food in The Feast Collective area – curated by the irrepressible DJ BBQ (above) – is so good and so varied you could go for the lunch and dinner options alone.
This year, the organisers have trawled the country to bring food far beyond ordinary festival fare. From 2015’s British Street Food ‘Best of the Best’ award winners, Seadog, and their seafood delights, to Ghanaian cooking, Vietnamese báhn mì, Eritrean tacos, buttermilk fried chicken and noodle burger fusions, to name but a few. When you’re not stuffing yourself, there are talks and demos in the Hotpoint Festival Kitchen from the likes of River Cottage smoking guru, Steve Lamb, former BBC cook of the year Jo Ingleby, and healthy food ambassador, Tess Ward.
The food adventures continue with supper clubs, fine dining for families, and a breakfast club that reveals some useful tricks of the trade. Add a tent of local Dorset producers and it all combines beautifully to the point where you could argue it’s as much a food festival with added music, rather than the other way round. What’s more, if you don’t fancy the whole three day weekend, day tickets are available. For more information go to www.campbestival.net.
Here are five food highlights you shouldn’t miss…
Street food stalls are usually all about a particular cuisine or style of food, Devon’s Seadog instead dedicate themselves to their local catch and making the most delicious dishes possible with it. So a typical menu will include locally landed squid chilli masala, a Basque style fish stew, a Penang fish curry and mini fish pasties. Taking fresh Devon fish on this world tour of big flavours from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and beyond saw them secure the British Sea Food Awards 2015 for ‘Best Snack’ and the coveted ‘Best of the Best’. Less than 10% of fish caught in the South West gets eaten here so do your bit to get the figures up and pay them a visit…
The Seaside Popcorn with chilli vinegar and Cornish seaweed salt. It won Best Snack at the Street Food Awards.
Just because they’ve opened their first permanent restaurant in home town Bridport, it doesn’t mean their acclaimed East Asian street food isn’t going to be making its deliciously addictive presence felt at this summer’s festivals. They specialise in hand made dumplings filled with locally sourced ingredients, although their pearl barely salads and char-grilled yakitori are pretty sensational too.
Pork, leek and ginger steamed meat dumplings or go veggie with field mushrooms, red cheddar and spring onion fried dumplings.
3. Pho Sho
Vietnamese street food is usually quite hard to find in Dorset so make the most of this stall from London via Ho Chi Min and Hanoi. Their menu is helpfully cut down to three classics that represent this vital, vibrant cuisine brilliantly. By sourcing great local produce to make them, they bring the likes of their pork belly bánh mì baguettes up to its rightful ‘greatest sandwich in the world’ billing.
Hot pho. Reputed to push the trusty bacon sandwich into the shade as best hangover cure yet devised.
4. Local Farmers’ Market
What could be better than food so local, you can probably see some of the fields it was produced in on your journey to Lulworth Castle. Plenty of Dorset producers were collected under canvas for festival go-ers delectation last year. There was Bridge Fame with their traditional apple and pear juices; Dorset Shellfish’s crab sandwiches and cockles; The Dorset Coffee Company for much needed, fresh roasted cups; the Manna Kitchen offered gorgeous quiches, cakes and children’s meals; Oxford’s Bakery from Sherborne had fresh bread and cakes from their traditional oven; Peaceful Poultry had a salad bar and bacon rolls; the Dorset Pie Co were there with award-winning pies and Ellises Farm were offering a range of charcuterie from their Gloucester Old Spots.
Dorset Pie Co’s beef and ale pie. Both beef and craft ale are from Dorset.
5. Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
Get a taste for West African food in the middle of Dorset from this Brixton pop-up and supper club that now has a restaurant in a shipping container. Experience home cooked, flavour packed dishes from slow, succulent stews to mouthwatering wraps. All served up by Zoe, who got a deep understanding of Ghanaian cuisine from time spent in her grandmother’s kitchen. Zoe is also hosting a secret supper club at the festival giving you a chance to sample jollof rice, okra fries and palm wine before anyone else, on the evening before the festival opens.
Goat Shoko. Mildly spiced diced goat leg curry, slow cooked with green bell peppers & baby leaf spinach.