Top treats for recreating summer festival feels
Along with music and sunshine, our fave thing about field-trip season is the food so we're making our own versions of a few typical treats at home
Along with the music, the fun/frightful fashion and the sunshine – when it puts in an appearance – our favourite thing about festival season is the food and drink. So, needless to say, the fact that a line has been struck through the calendar this year, meaning our preferred party snacks will sadly not be served to us by friendly vendors with a side of tipsy small talk, has left us pretty bereft.
…And in agreement that we'll try and recreate some of them at home.
Fancy doing the same? First, check the weather forecast for the best-looking days – if there’s one thing that’s on our side during lockdown, it’s flexibility. Rain this week? Well, then Backgardenfest takes place next week, ‘kay? Heatwave sweeping the nation? Hurrah, let's get on it. It’s quite literally a moveable feast.
Design your own line-up, minus timing clashes and massive site treks, get the tunes blasting and get creative in the kitchen.
Design your own line-up and the tunes blasting, then just add booze and your best festival eats and Backgardenfest is a-go! (Image: Jennie Clave/Unsplash)
DAY ONE: There’s nothing that says ‘Good morning, Glastonbury’ like a decimated granola bar. Make your own ingots of goodness with the futile intention of counterbalancing the booze. We're into this recipe for strawberry granola bars from Doug the Food Guy as he's known on TikTok. Don’t forget, once they're cooled and beautifully cut into neat rectangles, you'll need to sit on them on them or smash them with a hammer for bottom-of-the-rucksack authenticity.
SUGGESTED DRINKS PAIRING: Warm can of Thatchers Haze, as is customary once you've upped your tent and collapsed in an exhausted heap after hiking across the fields like a weary packhorse.
As is tradition on day two, get a breakfast bap on the go
DAY TWO: Fire up the barbie and trundle down the garden path to mimic the morning mission via the muddy, well-trodden Glasto gangways to procure yourself a bap from the 24-hour breakfast station . Check out Marcel da Silva Brito's tips for making sure your burgers are top notch. You may have to send for noods shortly after – one breakfast is likely to be insufficient if your hangover hanger is anything like ours. Take a look at James May's attempt, or if you fancy going the extra mile, read up on how to make delicious fresh noodles from scratch.
SUGGESTED DRINKS PAIRING: Iced coffee – bung some instant in your sippy cup and top up with a drop of boiling water, a drop of vanilla essence or spoonful of sugar, and fill with ice cold milk. When in Rome/festival mode, we add a shot of Kahlua as a gentle hair of the dog to kickstart a slow morning.
Add a shot of Kahlua if you need a little hair of the dog to kickstart the day (image: Archie Binamira/Pexels)
DAY THREE: Sometimes we'll have spent the first 48 hours surviving mainly on excitement, so now it’s time for something really substantial. Rustle up a roast dinner your way, and then stick it all inside a giant Yorkshire pud before wolfing it down cross-legged on the grass.
SUGGESTED DRINKS PAIRING: Box of wine.
Rustle up a roast and bung it inside a giant Yorkshire
It's best washed down with your portable wine supply
DAY FOUR: No foodie's festival experience would be complete without some ace artisan pizza to soak up the sauce, shovelled down beside their favourite stage. We are loving this recipe for potato gorgonzola and rosemary white pizza. Best served by the slice as you set fire to a ten-pound note.
SUGGESTED DRINKS PAIRING: Fizz, a fruity beer such as Früli or an Aperol spritz to stay in keeping with the Italian vibes.
Best served by the slice as you set fire to a ten-pound note (image: Peter Bravo de los Rios)
Complete the Italian theme with a jug of Aperol spritz perhaps
DAY FIVE: Naturally, you’ve only got a few quid left in the bum bag. If you've no Pot Noodle put aside for such an occasion and no snacks hidden in the tent, keep it cheap and cheerful with a couple of crumpets – extravagantly topped, of course, a la Strumpets with Crumpets. (You’ll have to imagine their flamboyant food wagon unless you’re a dab hand with DIY as well.) Make ours one of the gourmet goats’ cheese and blackcurrant jam variety, or camembert and onion marmalade.
SUGGESTED DRINKS PAIRING: Berocca or rehydration sachet dissolved in water.
Dance like nobody's watching, because they aren't – it's just you in your back garden having the time of your life, isn't it?