This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend my 6th Glastonbury Festival (shout-out to Emilia for getting Rob and I tickets!) So without further ado, here’s an insight into what I got up to and what food I ate…
The music proper may only be for a weekend, but Glastonbury is a near week-long experience. At the time I thought our 7pm Tuesday departure time was being slightly excessive and that leaving very early Wednesday morning would be sufficient as the gates don’t open until 8am. But given the huge queues we encountered on Tuesday it may have been the correct decision.
Rob and I have a pre-festival tradition of eating together, and up until he developed a gluten-intolerance it was a fry-up of some sort. Sadly Rob can’t have toast anymore, but I kept the tradition going with beans on toast served with caramelised red onion and peppers. No oil needed!
At this stage you’re also probably wondering what food I was taking with me. In the last-minute packing rush I forgot to take pictures, but here’s a nice list you can have a look at:
- 2.5kg Dates
- 550g Cereal w/1l Sweetened Soya Milk
- 400g Bourbon Creams
- 400g Pasta w/Spicy Tomato Sauce
- 300g Oaty Biscuits
- 200g Dark Chocolate
- 6 Finger Rolls w/1/2 Veggie Burger & Ketchup
There is no better feeling than getting your tent set up at the start of a festival and finally being able to sit down and relax, particularly at Glastonbury when the wait to get in can be so long. After that it’s mostly a day of chilling out, meeting up with other friends and getting a reasonably early night, as there is very little in the way of entertainment either during the day or at night.
This year was probably the best Thursday at any festival I’ve ever been to.
After a delicious bowl or two of cereal, the daytime was spent relaxing in the glorious sunshine with some friends that I haven’t seen much of lately (shout-out to Celia, Emilia (again) and Lucy!), topped off with an early evening wander through the Healing Fields (http://bit.ly/1CJrfQG).
At night we all went to a very enjoyable DJ set at the Beat Hotel (http://bit.ly/1R4slCf). And what do you need when you’re dancing? Dates, of course!
That list you looked at earlier may have seemed like a good amount of food, but in general Rob and I have extremely big appetites, and walking for miles and miles each day with not very much sleep only makes them bigger.
We were elated to discover, therefore, that the Hare Krishna tent was in fact serving vegan meals this year, despite us being told a couple of years ago that the food wasn’t vegan. Not only that, but it was mostly gluten-free as well!
Needless to say we queued up many times over the course of the weekend to sample the delicious food being served. The theme this year seemed to be lentils, as bags and bags of them were cooked up, and here is just one of those lentil curries.
- The Cribs
- Run The Jewels
- Sharon Van Etten
- Hot Chip
Apart from an amazing headline set from Jon Hopkins at my favourite stage, Saturday was most notable for my very surreal trip to the medical tent after some of my friends noticed my face had swollen up quite a lot. Thankfully it was nothing serious – a simple result of sunburn apparently – and I didn’t spend the last two days of the festival in a hospital bed.
Rob also managed to get some nice pictures of vegan signs in the Green Fields (http://bit.ly/1Nx4uoO) on his way back from Block9 (http://bit.ly/1NvWpRG) on Saturday night/Sunday morning. The ‘Why Love One But Eat The Other?’ is probably my favourite.
- Courtney Barnett
- Young Fathers
- Father John Misty
- Death From Above 1979
- Jon Hopkins
Given my poor history of rationing food at festivals, I was quite impressed with how much I’d managed to leave myself for Sunday, namely 500g of dates. The lesson I’ve learned here is that it’s a very good idea to separate your food into portions for each day if possible.
- The Smyths
- Lionel Richie
- Future Islands
- Belle And Sebastian
- Death Cab For Cutie
- Flying Lotus
- Ryan Adams
Have you ever been to Glastonbury before? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments, on the spiced! Facebook page or on Twitter @spiceduk