Don’t miss these five foodie highlights at this small and perfectly formed festival…
Festivals are now as much a part of British summer time as wasps and rain. Only the most loved and best run events make it to their 26th year like Dorset’s very own Larmer Tree Festival though. This five-day celebration of music and arts has been called “the happiest, friendliest, quirkiest festival in the land” and regularly picks up the awards to prove it.
Although it’s easy to get distracted by all the sights and sounds you’ll find in the stunning setting of the Larmer Tree gardens near Salisbury, not to mention by the albino peacocks strutting their stuff, we recommend checking out the range of tastes on offer too. The festival prides itself on offering the sort of sustainable, local and delicious food and drink that we love. Here are some highlights to look out for on 13th to 17th July at this year’s festival…
1. Dorset Farmers Market
You’ll probably know their work well already, this collective of all that’s fresh, local and delicious in the county. From the peerless Dorset Pie Company’s pie, mash and gravy to The Real Cure’s wild venison charcuterie, with proper hand roasted coffee from the Dorset Coffee Co. (from just down the road) and too many more to mention. These artisan experts can take care of breakfast, lunch, dinner and anything in between.
2. Golden Larmer Ale
Festival goers deserve more than mass-produced lager and Larmer Tree is taking no chances. As well as a wide selection of real ale and cider, they have their very own refreshingly fruity golden craft ale, courtesy of Hampshire’s Ringwood Brewery. Perfect for sipping in the sun. Or enjoying under canvas during any showers.
3. Flaming Peaches
For smoking hot street food in lush, green gardens, seek out self-confessed food junkie Matt Davey and his vintage 1959 Citroen ‘crinkle cut’ van. He’s an acclaimed chef with 15 years experience in some of the country’s top Michelin starred kitchens and Mitch Tonk’s celebrated FishWorks in Christchurch. To a soundtrack of funk and blues, he’ll be serving up smoky street food using local meat, big flavours and fresh ingredients. The only problem will be choosing which dish to go for. One visit is unlikely to be enough, we’re thinking.
4. Churros Bros
If we’ve learnt anything at festivals, it’s that churros, those lip licking, sugar crusted Spanish donuts are good at any time of the day. Churros Bros will keep them coming all day and night from their friendly red and yellow van, accompanied by the all-important chocolate or some freshly roasted coffee, sourced from Allpress in Shoreditch. “Best coffee on site” they reckon.
5. The Curry Shed
Now this does exactly what it says on the, er, shed. And what a fine shed it is too. A sturdily built beacon to spice and flavour with authentic Indian food served thali style. This means you get to sample lots of different vegetarian curries, limited only by your hunger. They recommend the Ganesh plater, featuring five curries, for those “hungry like an elephant god”. Or go for a fresh yoghurt lassi or a snack bowl of pakora, samosa and bahji, served with date and tamarind chutney.
That’s just a taster of what’s on offer. Larmer Tree Festival runs from 13th – 17th July 2016, with tickets costing from £45 for the day. For full details go to http://larmertreefestival.co.uk.