When we were invited to become Official Camp Bestival Bloggers, my first point of research was the on site food. M is a very fussy eater and I am a vegetarian with OCD about certain foods. I soon learned we had nothing to worry about, Camp Bestival wasn’t going to be full of the usual festival burger vans and donuts. Camp Bestival had a new feature this year, which was called the Feast Collective. The Feast Collective brought together independent chefs, street vendors, and creative food makers to inspire every type of tastebud.
We thought we’d share which food we sampled, which was our favourite and how M got on. Even if the Feast Collective wasn’t for you. There were plenty of food vans offering alternatives like chips and dip, Nandos and even toast and toasties. I would have been really surprised if we hadn’t have been able to find something we liked. We all have very different tastes and quite often bought our dinner from three different stalls, which suited us perfectly. We only wish we had longer to sample more delights. There’s always next year.
The corn on the cob is a must at Camp Bestival. We had seen someone sampling it last year, so sought out the van to taste our own and we weren’t disappointed. Reasonably priced, a choice of topping for you corn and a lovely fresh taste.
The Farmers Market tent, was a great addition to Camp Bestival. They offered salads, fresh bread, olives, cheese and the delicious strawberries pictured above. For a few pounds you could pick and mix some lovely fresh fruit and even add cream if you like. M is a huge fruit fan, so we ended up buying a couple of these and they were perfect to keep his energy levels up whilst providing him with a healthy option.
Clara found these handy cheese sandwich lunch bags in the Kids Kitchen tent, during one of her hunts for suitable food for M. It was great to be able to offer him something familiar and came with plenty to fill a little tummy up until tea time. It was a little pricier than we would normally pay for a sandwich and crisps, but it also came with a small pot of fruit and some sweets (which we hid).
We are both pasta fans, so were really pleased to discover Annie Mae’s Mac n Cheese. We went for the Annie Mac pot, which is just a delicious filling pot of macaroni in a 3 cheese sauce. But you can pimp up your pots with bacon and other toppings. It was really tasty and was perfect to share.
M is a huge garlic bread fan, so we were excited to discover The Garlic Farm van, which sold EPIC garlic bread. It really was epic, only a couple of pounds and big enough for us all to share.
Along with Corn on the cob, Churros were another food item we said we definitely wanted whilst at Camp Bestival. There were a couple of stands offering churros, but Churros Amigos had the edge. For a few pounds you got 6 churros and a gorgeous pot of melted Belgium chocolate.
At dinner time, C decided to get a twisted naan from Rola Wala in the Feast Collective tent. She was in foodie heaven as she watched it be prepared. It was one of the higher food items we bought, but she assures me it was worth every penny.
I am a huge nachos fan, so I knew straight away what I wanted for dinner when I spotted the Flaming Cactus food van. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a burrito or Nachos, but I am pretty sure I made the right decision. The portion was huge and was enough to fill me up for the rest of the evening.
One of our little treats during Camp Bestival, was a trip to the Jam Jar Bar. We bought two gorgeous jam jar cocktails for £15 and sat opposite the castle, whilst M enjoyed the circus toys. It was nice to enjoy a beautifully created cocktail in such a lovely setting. If we had been minus M, I’m sure we might have sampled a few more on the menu. I really hope the Jam Jar Bar is there next year.
On Sunday night we went for something we could all share. So we selected a couple of our faves from the weekend and split them between the three of us. There was plenty for us to eat and it kept us going right up until bed time.
We were so impressed by all the food facilities on site. They were so clean and full of fresh food and didn’t give me any of my usual concerns when it comes to food vans at outdoors activities. We found plenty for M to eat and even managed to keep it healthy for the whole weekend. There are a couple of places we wished we’d got to to sample, but there is always next time.
*We are very kindly provided with a family pass to the event.