Warm beers, mud in places you don’t want mud, glitter everything, wavy garms, garish sunburn, great music and, most importantly (we think), the best street food ever; festival season is bloody great… but, alas, it’s over for another year.
If you’re feeling downright depressed about the shortening days, the return of jeans and the lack of field-based music events, read on to feel a bit worse. Nah, kidding, but do read on to see some of the best festival food of the year, and get it listed for summer 2017. Trust me, before the end of this article, you WILL be registering for your Coachella ticket…
1. Le Bun
This Soho-born American-French (fine) diner offers amazing burgers, chicken wings and milkshakes at a host of festivals. Go for the brisket burger with cheese – you won’t regret it.
The Southern Italian style spread supplied by these guys at Coachella proved incredibly popular with the LA revellers. Reported favourites were mini meatball subs, broccoli fries and chick pea bites with spicy Calabrian sauce.
These guys have several pie-pubs across the UK and have now started supplying to the festival masses. This year you could find them at Glastonbury. Their pies vary from classic steak and ale to more adventurous paneer, pea and mango.
4. Gourmet Griffin
These guys are the kings of hot dogs. They use the best pork blended with herbs and spices, served in brioche buns and topped with their bespoke range of add ons. We can’t decide which looks better; the chocolate, chilli and beef brisket flavour or the chorizo and chipotle mayo variety…
5. Grilled Cheese Truck LA
This company have taken the simple grilled cheese format and pimped it up with some pretty special fillings. Some of their best offerings include short rib and cheese, goats cheese and balsamic tomato, gruyere and caramelised onion and the signature mac and cheese grill.
6. Anna Mae’s Mac and Cheese
Live by Anna Mae’s “mac not crack” policy and head to her Mac Shack at your next festival. She makes killer mac and cheese and tops it with everything from crispy smoked bacon to chipotle sauce and jalapeños.
7. Gd Bro Burger
This burger turned heads at Coachella, not just for its vibrant red bun, but for its beyond-filthy fillings; mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, crispy bacon, melted cheese and Aberdeen Angus beef patties… yes please.
8. Happy Maki
After something a bit healthier but equally delicious? Enter: Happy Maki, the mobile sushi caterers! They make vegan sushi rolls packed with perfectly-seasoned rice and loads of other flavoursome fillings. Festi food minus guilt has got to be a good thing.
9. Dosa Deli
These British Street Food Awards finalists make Asian-inspired vegetarian food and serve it up at loads of UK events, from End of the Road festival to Latitude. They offer dosa wraps in different spicy flavours, all served up with their special coconut and and yoghurt chutney. This is one not to be missed.
This Indian food truck is the brain child of London’s Cinnamon Kitchen chef Vivek Singh. The truck comes complete with an authentic portable tandoor and supplies to street food events and festivals. We like the look of their Masala fish and chips and Bhangra burger.
You must be drooling by now, so I will let you go and order those tickets… and maybe a takeaway while you’re at it.