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Joanne Coggin

Festivals For Foodies

As we near Glastonbury weekend I’m reminded of my youth when heading to a festival with friends was a rite of passage. Sleepless nights under canvas, great music and questionable sanitation – plus rubbish food. But I’m now of an age where my children are starting to discover music and my attention is drawn again to what food the festivals can offer. Times, they are a changin’. A quick glance at the catering at events such as Glastonbury, Kendal Calling, Download and Green Man reveals high quality street food from all corners of the globe, catering to all tastes, with BSFA alumni lighting up festival fields everywhere. Just last weekend ParmStar had a queue as far as the eye could see at the Radio 1 Weekender in Middlesbrough.

But if music isn’t your thing why not head down to a festival just for food! The choice has never been bigger. Whether you wait a year for events such as our very own British Street Food Awards supported by Hellmann’s, and the European Street Food Awards, or head to more regular events — GRUB in Manchester, Nottingham Street Food Club, Street Food Warehouse in Swansea, Bustler in Derby, Platform in Glasgow, the Pitt in Edinburgh or Dinerama in London. Street food is on the up with new festivals and food events happening all around the country most weekends, such as the Somerset Street Food Festival in Weston-Super-Mare, Eat Reading, Chow Down in Halifax and the Southport Food and Drink Festival, the choice has never been better!