If anything on this particular day of the Camp Bestival music festival there was a distinct lack of hurly burly as I sought out its relatively quiet and shade of a quirky cafe on what had been a stonking hot day.
The buzzing music, arts and family themed Camp Bestival in Dorset needs such sanctuaries and that they that seemed rather hard to find. As the constant battering on your ears throughout the festival from pumped up DJ’s, to a whole variety of named bands or performers as they let you know that they were on site and performing at developing decibels.
It appeared that even away from the main staged areas there was music and sound everywhere, brass bands, choirs you name it, there was a place for it, but few places not for it!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the music, I spent very many happy years back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s on or around the stages of the likes of The Clash, The Stranglers, Thin Lizzy, Elton John and a whole host of rock bands of that period, as I photographed their various concerts at venues all over the south of the UK.
Back to my little respite area of this unique colourful festive café, that at that point in the busy schedule for their team, it was, by their standards, very quiet too. A few customers in the balmy afternoon taking tea and cakes and no queues, it can be so hectic at these music festivals reported its co-owners Andy and Paul.
Catering At Camp Bestival
This mobile mass catering unit staffed by a team of very dedicated people whom some had started off working at a Michelin starred restaurant near Winchester before they decided to hit the road together and take their culinary creations to a mobile music market.
Having now been on the road for several months the chefs and waiting team all were camping at the rear and were extremely proud of their joint achievements being it was their first real season together.
Criss-crossing the country over the next few months will see the Hurly Burly bus, van, trunk its hard to define it, at many more venues and even one across the sea to Ireland to come yet, The Electric Picnic.
A smiling welcome from waiting staff Philippa and Emily who also had time to talk about life on the road and coping with it from a young woman’s point of view and the overall challenging logistics too with mass catering as they served efficiently, it was still difficult to understand the ‘Hurly Burly’ aspect in the name though.
The quirky marquee attached to their vehicle provided the shade and shelter plus for more formal corporate type events that they do also cater for when required provide a dry wind free environment for the suits!
Although my visit coincided to their afternoon lull they explained that the ambience of their mobile marquee is often enhanced with performances from actors, comedians or with small musical combo’s or the staff themselves organising baking demo’s for the youngsters at Camp Bestival cooking chocolate brownies. They feel that all these things makes for a great combination rather like the food on their menu.
At one stage it was purely vegetarian but now embraces a fuller menu with their specially sourced range of meat products coming from a family farm in the New Forest taking a central role on it.
This for me was a nice interlude before having to go and face the multiple audible assaults that was to come from Chas and Dave on the main stage very soon!
It was interesting an insight into this type of catering and coming from a Michelin environment it must be a real challenge for them to plate some great dishes but they were ready to give it their best and did, even when at times at the larger festivals like Glastonbury, where the queues can be 50 people long for most of the day.
Now that’s… Hurly Burly!