The Best Festival Food Stalls To Try Out

Where to fuel up at Glastonbury, Reading, Bestival and the rest

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Festival season is upon us once again, as a summer of relentless tent-pitching, cider-sipping and mud-trudging gets underway.

Come rain or shine, the one piece of knowledge you truly need to be armed with upon arrival is where to eat.

So whether you're at Isle of Wight, Glastonbury or Bestival, consider yourself armed with the best tips on where to refuel between searching for pals and pretending not to enjoy Kanye.

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1 | Anna-Maes – mac and cheese (above)  

You can't go wrong with the affordable classic Annie Mac at this perrenial Esquire favourite, but for those after something a bit different, go for the Kanye Western – mac with a beef hotdog and crispy onions topped with BBQ sauce – perfectly apt for those Glasto revellers looking forward to Saturday evening's headline set. Billing itself as "the original purveyor of pimped up Mac 'n' Cheese cooked on the street," set a fair bit of time aside as it's known to – rightfully – chalk up sizeable queues.

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Where to find it: Field Day, Glastonbury, Lovebox, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Green Man, Festival No 6

2 | Smokestak – BBQ ribs

Bringing a substantial serving of meat to the festival-going masses is Smokestak, a stall aimed at those who like their food BBQ-glazed. Brought about by Barbados-born barbecuing expert David Carter, the stall has grown in popularity following several tenures at night-time street food markets across the capital. Keeping things simple is Smokestak's strong suit with the focus largely on ribs (pork and beef), and it's this simplicity which keeps the punters munching away in between sets.

Where to find them: Field Day, BST Hyde Park, Glastonbury

3 | Pieminister - pies

An obvious choice, perhaps, but a good one: festivals simply wouldn't be the same without Pieminister. For those who don't know, the family-owned business – originally based in Bristol – have just unveiled two new pies specifically for the festival season: Tipsy Chick, a chicken and ham serving, and The Scrumpea, a vegetarian concoction with peas, asparagus, fennel and west country cheddar – both cooked in a creamy Orchard Pig cider sauce.

Where to find it: Download, Latitude, Green Man  

4 | The Duck Truck - duck wraps

If duck isn't at the top of your list of festival foods, then you've obviously never located The Duck Truck. Allow yourself to be swept up by the enthusiasm of duck enthusiasts Ed and Vernon and you'll be presented with a serving like no other; a common murmur among those who've eaten there are the must-taste crispy duck wraps which have even amassed something of a celebrity fanbase (both The Inbetweeners' Blake Harrison and Sophie Turner – Game of Thrones' Sansa Stark – have ordered their Twitter followers to pay them a visit). If you don't fancy the aromatic wrap, indulge in the Duck Scotch Eggs.

Where to find it: Field Day, Lovebox, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness

5 | Voodoo Rays - pizza

A popular late-night East London hangout, Voodoo Rays has been equally as popular festival fixture for some time now, providing giant 22-inch New York-style pizza to the flocking masses. There's a reason behind the acclaim: it's probably the only stall that provides hefty slices fit with a blend of various toppings – including the King Tubby (chilli sausage, fennel, caremalised onion) and the Giorgio Moroder (goats cheese, courgette, basil) – while not leaving your wallet too dented.

Where to find it: Field Day, Festival No 6

6 | The Fabulous Fish Finger Company - fish finger sarnies

This vintage mobile vendor – soon to be permanently docked in Camden Market – specialises in the underrated delicacy that is the fish finger buttie. Purporting to be the first festival stall of its kind, the servings range from the Catch of the Day to The Moby Dick – allegedly adapted from the legendary recipe of a lady named Fanny whom the stall's 'Captain' met on his travels back in the 60s. The Fabulous Fish Finger Company's tasty sandwich selection is enhanced perfectly by a festival surrounding. A hidden favourite.

Where to find it: Parklife, Glastonbury, Latitude, Secret Garden Party, Festival No 6, Wilderness, Bestival

7 | Shepherd's - ice cream

On the lucky off-chance it's an absolute scorcher, you'll need to know the whereabouts of an ice cream stand... and we're not thinking Mr Whippy. Take some time out to find Shepherd's – a vendor that provides gelato-style ice cream, handmade using sheep's milk. With 16 flavours on offer, a decision will be hard to make – you may as well face the fact you'll be back.

Where to find it: Glastonbury, Wildneress, Green Man, End of the Road

8 | The Coffee Camper - coffee and cake

For those of you who aren't up for guzzling beer all weekend, The Coffee Camper is for you. Affordable and made to your precise behest, the freshly roasted coffee, tea and homemade cakes on offer will be a beacon of calm in your otherwise hectic schedule. Hell, even if you do want to drink beer all weekend long, some time should be set aside for this artisan travelling café. At least it'll keep the exhaustion at bay.

Where to find it: Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Green Man, Bestival


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