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Cauldron's Guide to Summer Festivals

In recent years, multi-day music festivals have become a rite of passage for many people, offering a few days away from the hustle of bustle of daily life to enjoy live music, excellent company and – increasingly – great food. Even when the weather isn’t playing fair, fans travel far and wide to see their favourite bands, mixing food, friends and fun with the great outdoors. But even if you don’t have tickets to one of this year’s big festivals, there’s nothing to stop you pitching a tent, turning up the tunes and enjoying some delicious summer food courtesy of Cauldron.

  • Glastonbury Festival

    Wednesday 21st June – Sunday 25th June

    Quite possibly the most famous festival in the country, Glastonbury is now considered a major event in British culture. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and political discussions, all taking place on over a thousand acres of the Somerset countryside. Scores of super famous pop and rock stars have headlined over the years, alongside thousands of others on various smaller stages and performance areas.

    The first Glastonbury Festival was held in 1970, the day after Jimi Hendrix died, lasting just two days with less than 1,500 people in attendance. These days, it’s more like 150,000, with tickets selling out in a matter of seconds. This year’s notable acts include Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Craig David and Lorde.

  • With over 250 food stalls to choose from, Glastonbury is famous for having some of the best festival food around. There’s a huge variety on offer – from the Far East to the Wild West via good, old-fashioned English country grub – and something to suit all budgets, from a simple bowl of porridge to top-end silver service. So whatever your tastes, there’s something for everyone at Glastonbury. Just don’t forget your wellies.

    Recipe Idea: Falafel Doner Salad Box

    A street food classic that’s matured into something brand new with huge appeal, this vegan take on the doner kebab comes with a fusion twist – Cauldron Falafels smothered with curry alioli, packed inside a warm pitta with shredded vegetables and roasted beetroot, topped off with a crunchy pesto crumb. Delicious!

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  • Love Supreme Festival

    Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July

    For something a little more relaxing, the Love Supreme Festival offers three days of jazz, soul and blues in the Sussex countryside. Established in 2013, the festival is named after the legendary John Coltrane album ‘A Love Supreme’. This years bands and artists include The Jacksons, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula and Kamasi Washington.

  • But it’s not just about the music – there’s also swimming, massage areas, film screenings, rides, games and after parties. And you can’t spend a weekend getting lost in music without the right fuel to keep you going. The Lazy Bird Kitchen hosted by the the Disappearing Dining Club serves up long table, supper-club style breakfasts, lunches and dinners throughout the festival, and the Food Village offers a mouth-watering array of street food, all designed to to make your weekend a delight for all the senses.

    Recipe Idea: Spicy Sausage Patties

    Like an experimental piece of free-form jazz, this fabulous fusion pairs our vegetarian Cumberland Sausages with refreshing notes of lemongrass, coriander, chilli and turmeric, all served up with zest-infused cucumber and crunchy coconut crumbles. Food for the soul!

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  • Camp Bestival

    Thursday 27th July – Sunday 30th July

    Set in the beautiful grounds of Lulworth Castle on Dorset’s impressive Jurassic coastline, Camp Bestival – the “little sister” to September’s’ Bestival – offers a family friendly experience with a camping holiday twist. Organised by BBC Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob Da Bank, Camp Bestival first kicked off in 2008 with headliners Chuck Berry, The Flaming Lips and Kate Nash. It now attracts around 30,000 people each summer.

    Over the years, it’s picked up the award for Best Family Family festival four times at the UK Festival Awards – and for good reason. Children of all ages are well looked after, with soft play, circus skills, kids disco, fancy dress parade, face painting, science tent, craft workshops, bouldering, biking, skateboarding, air guitar competitions and the world’s biggest bouncy castle.

  • A wide range of music is also on offer – from folk and dub to drumstep and jazz jungle – with this year’s massive line-up including Madness, Mark Ronson, All Saints and the Bootleg Beatles. With all this, plus comedy shows, contemporary theatre, spoken word, fireworks displays and a host of incredible food stalls offering “street eats and gourmet treats”, Camp Bestival really is the perfect way to start off the summer holidays.

    Recipe Idea: Tofu Pizza Slices

    Our vegan take on another festival staple. Crunchy ciabatta crumb with basil and sundried tomato and a marinara dusting leading to a creamy tofu centre. Perfect for sharing and dripping, serve with a spicy Sriracha ketchup. Fun for all the family!

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  • Latitude Festival

    Thursday 13th July – Sunday 16th July

    Closer in flavour to continental European festivals, Latitude takes place each year in Henham Park, Suffolk. First held in 2006 with headliners Snow Patrol, The Zutons and Paolo Nutini, the festival regularly offers a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across four dedicated stages – The Obelisk Arena, The BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, The i Arena, and the Huw Stephens-edited Lake Stage, showcasing the very best in new and upcoming music.

    This year, the big draws include The 1975, Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons, along with all the theatre, cabaret, stand up comedy, poetry, politics, dance and literature festival-goers have come to expect. Away from the main stages there is plenty to explore, including the Faraway Forest, Lavish Lounge and Pandora’s Playground, offering everything from interactive art installations to holistic treatments, with a side order of ambient electro and dark pop.

  • Accommodation options are wide ranging and incredibly varied. There’s the regular family campsite and campervan passes for those who like to camping on their own terms, or, if you prefer, hassle-free cabins, tipis and tents waiting for you on arrival. Luxury camping packages include lodges, yurts and bedouin tents, not to mention access to the à la carte restaurant, cocktail bar and chill out area.

    Recipe Idea: Cauldron Summer Quiche

    Full of colour and bursting with flavours, our Cauldron Summer Quiche makes an excellent outdoor treat and is ideal for sharing. Our delicious light tofu is teamed with fresh basil on a vegan pastry base and topped with succulent grilled vegetables – three delightful layers of satisfaction. Sit back on the grass and tuck in!

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