Festivals are upping their gastro game, so now you can expect everything from banquets to afternoon teas in fields and parks across the country.
One such festival, that believes in feeding your belly as well as your mind, is the Also Festival. From 17 – 19 June the boutique festival will set up camp in Park Farm, Compton Verney in 50 acres of Capability Brown’s landscaped parkland.
Featured in The Sunday Times‘ top 40 Summer Festival and described as ‘TED Talks in a field’ over a weekend this is a festival that takes its food and drink seriously.
Midsummer’s Night’s Feast
The Friday night Midsummer Night’s Feast in a lakeside tent. Three delicious courses, platters of veg and local cheese, braised chicken in lemon crème fraiche, followed by Compton Verney chocolate pots with bread by local artisan Mark Lane. Mark is a fourth generation baker, using the same bread making methods and ovens that his great grandfather Hubert West used over a hundred years ago. (£25)
Roast Chicken Dinner
Also Festival’s resident chef James Knight will be roasting chicken on hot coals just for you. The cost includes a whole roasted chicken and potato salad. (£25).
Alstice in Wonderland
On Saturday afternoon, all festival goers are invited to a ‘Alstice in Wonderland’ themed afternoon tea in the dining tent 1pm – 3pm. It promises an explosion of magic and chance and illusion together with tea, cakes, sandwiches, mini pies, with tea and coffee and cocktails and mocktails. (£25 adults £12 children.)
Fat Chance Banquet
There’s an unforgettable food and theatre experience planned for the pop up Saturday Night Banquet. The menu is designed and executed by the experimental food outfit Rebecca Otero and James Knight. Each of the seven courses is designed to illustrate an element of chance and illusion, building to the high-octane reveal of ‘Pudding Casino Royale’. (£60 includes wine and cocktails.)
Following the Bollywood dancing session for adults and our gorgeous Banghra for tots dance workshop everyone is invited to come together to enjoy the food of the sub-continent. Based on the food of the southern region of Kerala, this will be a brunch buffet in the beautiful dining tent, with a beer, a cheeky little Indian sharpener or a soft drink included. (£20 adults £12 kids).
Wine & Philosophy
Marcel Lucont hosts the world premiere of The Also Festival’s wine and philosophy session. Taste wines and understand their provenance with a leading oenophile, before the misanthropic Frenchman explains what you should really think, and where you are going wrong philosophically.(Free but limited numbers so booking advised).
Lebanese and Mediterranean salads, the Also Festival restaurant, and snacks from The Hatch will also keep festival-goers full in between the masterclasses, workshops and general chilling out by the lake.
Compton Verney is less than ten miles from Warwick and 30 miles from Brum. New for this year are one day tickets, which include a pick-up from Leamington Spa train station to Park Farm. More details are here