British music festivals are fast becoming foodie destinations in their own right. So grab your tent and wellies, and head to a field for a tasty late summer festival
Wilderness, 3–6 August, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. Wildernessfestival.com
The Long Table Banquet events at Wilderness Festival have become a firm fixture in Britain’s gourmand calendar. This year you can enjoy exclusive menus from Raymond Blanc, Skye Gyngell and Virgilio Martinez. PLus, the festival is hosting Field Restaurants which will be serving up British treats including Dorset Blue lobster in the HIX tent and a classic Prosecco jelly with mixed summer berries, courtesy of Petersham Nurseries. Wilderness continues to set the taste-bar high!
The Big Cwtch, 1-2 September, Crugybar, Carmarthenshire. thebigcwtch.com
We all know the Welsh throw the best parties in fields, the eisteddfod tradition runs in the nation’s blood! The Big Cwtch is a celebration of the country’s finest food, music and traditions. Check out treats such as the retro sweet shop and pop-up pubs, as well as a feast of local delicacies such as slow-cooked pork from the Slow Pig and Welsh paella from Ele’s LIttle Kitchen. Now in its fifth year, The BIg Cwtch is attracting a stellar musical line-up as well. This festival is our top tip for musical foodies.
WOMAD, 27-30 July, Charlton Park, Wilthsire. womad.co.uk
The quintessentially British setting of Wiltshire’s rolling hills play host to musicians, dancers, performers and chefs from around the world this weekend. The festival’s ever-growing Taste The World stage is a feast of recipes and dishes that are cooked by the artists themselves. There will be wines from all over world to sample, including the UK, as well as a brilliant collection of streetfood stalls. Womad’s exciting and varied flavours bring together ideas from across the world and plonk them straight in the heart of the beautiful British countryside. It’s the perfect combination.
River Cottage Festival, 25-28 August, Axminster, Devon. rivercottage.net
It’s no surprise that the River Cottage is serving up beautiful food under canvas, but since last year, the mecca for British foodies has been building a brilliant musical credentials as well. A fantastic line-up of foot-stomping bands will provide the backdrop to food from the local area, as well as a gardening stage with talks and presentations from producers and growers. Plus, check out the nature and geology walks and the activities such as star-gazing. It’s a brilliantly tasty weekend and a little chance to re-connect with your wilder side.