6 of the UK's best music festivals for foodies
Festival food continues to get cheffier by the month, but you won't hear us complaining. Here are six of the most outlandish and exciting food options at UK music festivals this summer
Platform at TRNSMT
TRNSMT festival has bulked up for its second year, spreading out across two weekends and adding all manner of festive hoopla. Among said hoopla is a pop-up residency from Platform, the market at the Argyle Street Arches that brings together many of Glasgow’s best street food venues then fires them back out in one concentrated burst. Expect some top notch scran in pleasingly practical formats from the likes of Shrimpwreck and Platform's in-house coffee roasters Thomson's.
Glasgow Green, 6 & 8 Jul, trnsmtfest.com
Taste the World at WOMAD
The long-running world music fest has something for every taste, but their Taste the World stage is a hugely intriguing departure from many of the other festivals on this list. The stage features artists and musicians from across the festival programme discussing their favourite foods, cooking dishes for audiences to share and opening up the kind of festival dialogue you want, rather than the usual repeated questions about where the toilets are.
Malmesbury, Wiltshire, 26-29 Jul, womad.co.uk
Chef's Table at Wilderness Festival
Let's be frank, personal space can be a bit hard to come by at a festival. So when someone dangles the carrot of an extremely exclusive Chef's Table experience that we could hypothetically chill at before drinking a hipflask of rum and dancing to some aggressive French techno, you'd better believe we're on board. Away from the tiny restaurant, Wilderness also features mini-restaurant The Counter (which basically seems like the same idea as before, but a bit bigger), banqueting (for those of you who 'like' 'people'), and a range of bars including a Ketel One spot that's essentially dedicated to Bloody Marys.
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, 2-5 Aug, wildernessfestival.com
Tribal Banquets at Lost Village
The Lincolnshire festival sports a headline set from Four Tet and an undercard including Helena Hauff and Daniel Avery, but you can’t eat any of those things. However, the festival’s Tribal Banquets make up for it – big long tables out in the woods, and experimental menus from a host of top-tier chefs. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s the Eating House pop-up bringing a batch of London restaurants to the country for a weekend, and if you don’t fancy that, there are Dishoom and Patty & Bun pop-ups for fans of tasty curry and wildly decadent burgers respectively.
Norton Disney, Lincolnshire, 23-26 Aug, lostvillagefestival.com
The Pitt at Electric Fields
The vibe is always lovely, the line-ups are always impressive, and the ground is pleasingly flat. But the food at Electric Fields is what we're talking about here, and it's genuinely a strong selling point. Edinburgh street food greats The Pitt will once again bring an array of the country's best vendors together for a jaunt south, with last year's line-up including the excellent Mac Shack, and The Buffalo Truck, who we would (evidently) follow across the country to get their crunchy, tasty fried chicken. We did so in 2017, then they sold out of chicken halfway through the festival and one of them accidentally hit The Skinny with an inflatable ball at 2am. That's a festival memory right there.
Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, 30 Aug-1 Sep, electricfieldsfestival.com
Michelin Star chefs at Festival No. 6
The Portmeirion-based festival packs an appropriately wild selection of food to go with its bonkers post-modern setting and extremely ‘6 Music-friendly’ line-up. But it’s the festival’s Dinner at Clough’s pop-up restaurant that we want to highlight, in which Michelin Star chefs Aiden Byrne and Gareth Ward cook up inventive three-course meals in a venue inspired by the Italian Riviera. It’s a long old way from the Slam Tent, that’s for sure…
Portmeirion, North Wales, 7-9 Sep, festivalnumber6.com