Preview - Wilderness Festival


Written by Sam Kirby
17 Wednesday 17th June 2015

But imagine if that park was the stunning Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, and you were actually sipping cold champagne and eating food cooked by one of the greatest TV chefs in the World, then you might find that your mind has inadvertently imagined you to this year’s Wilderness Festival. 

Top chef Angela Hartnett telling diners how it is at last year’s festival.

Yes, the festival-based bastion of the bourgeoisie is back, and they have really upped their game for 2015, not least in the many ways you can stuff your greedy (hopefully sunburnt) little faces. Not only will there be the usual array of gourmet food stalls which piss all over your usual burger and chips festival fodder, but they will have offerings from gastronomic heavyweights such as Mark Hix, Nuno Mendes and Angela Hartnett. And the Piece de resistance this year is a long table banquet prepared by everyone’s favourite TV frenchman, the ever-charming Raymond Blanc.

TV Frenchman Raymond Blanc will be making his festival debut this year.

Dining on the delights of the festival’s top guest-chefs will set you back anything from £50 - £100 on top of your festival ticket so it is not a cheap affair, but well worth doing if you can afford to splash the cash. And if you don’t want to fork (see what I did there?) out for a feast, the festival still has plenty else to offer. There's music from the likes of Bjork, Ben Howard, Hercules and Love Affair, while George Clinton is bringing his Parliament-Funkadelic collective. Add in the arts, activities, late night partying and festival spa and you really will find something for all tastes. Plus there is a beautiful fresh water lake on site, a dip in which will take the edge of even the most severe of hangovers. 

Full line-up and tickets (while they last) available from the Wilderness website.

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