vegan at glastonbury

Vegan Eats at Glastonbury

After getting home from Glastonbury in the early hours of Monday morning and sleeping until 2 in the afternoon (that must be some kinda laziness record!) I am slowly returning to reality; so thought it was about time I wrote a post on my vegan eats and how I found my first ever festival!!

I shared my apprehension in relation to the shower/ toilet situation in my: How to do Glastonbury… Vegan style post; and unfortunately, my fears were validated within hours of arriving at the site when I became acquainted with the ‘toilets’. I’ll spare you the details but let’s just say I have a new found appreciation for modern plumbing. As expected, 2/6 of my Festival Shopping List went completely unused, I bet you can guess which items they were! The lack of showering wasn’t too bad, as I had daily wet-wipe ‘showers’ and the super drug dry shampoo was awesome! Although I must say, my Monday morning 2.30am shower was probably the best shower I’ve had in my entire life. Despite the toilet trauma and my poor personal hygiene; the weekend was filled with amazing music, great company, and of course lots of incredible vegan food.

So let’s get down to my Glastonbury vegan eats…

1. Fresh Organic

The Fresh Organic Veggie Burger stall quickly became my favourite spot. I’m not sure if ‘Fresh Organic’ was its name but that’s what I’m guessing based on their sign, so let’s go with that! fresh organic vegan stall glastonbury

I went there at least once a day to get my lemon juice fix. lemon juice glastonbury

And their chocolate banana bread was the perfect breakfast/ midday/ late night, okay all times of day, snack! chocolate and banana bread glastonbury

They also had a great range of veggie burgers with a huge selection of vegan friendly sauces, including my personal favourite: garlic mayonnaise!

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On Sunday, we packed our tent up in the morning and carried it back to the car so that we could avoid the queues when leaving later that night. We got so wrapped up in packing up our messy and very muddy tent that we forgot to have breakfast… big mistake! After a 2 hour walk which comprised carrying extremely heavy bags in the sweltering heat, trekking across the wrong field for a good 20 mins, and a tent strap breaking (along with my spirit) midway through, I was feeling majorly hangry! I discovered recently that not everyone knows what hangry means, so in case you’ve never heard this before, it’s when you get so hungry that the lack of food starts to make you feel angry. I suffer from major hanger issues, kinda like this!

jennifer lawrence where's the pizza meme

So anyway, I’m not sure if this is the hanger speaking, but when I had my first meal of the day at 2pm: this veggie burger and chips with garlic mayonnaise, it tasted like the best thing I’ve ever eaten! veggie burger and chips glastonbury

 

2. No Bones Jones

I found this stall at lunch time on my third day, and dragged my boyfriend back there for dinner later that night because it was just that good!

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Their veggie fritter bowl topped with salad, spinach and chickpea curry, and red bean stew was delicious; and just the kind of healthiness I needed after stuffing my face with veggie burgers for 2 days!

no bones jones galstonbury

 

3. Pizza Tabun

We went to see Newton Faulkner near the Green Fields on Friday night (he was freaking awesome by the way), and had dinner in the Pizza Tabun on the way back. The tent had a great, chilled out vibe, and it was so nice to actually sit down for a meal!

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Two of our friends, who aren’t vegans or veggies, went to Pizza Tabun on the first night and said that the vegan tahini pizza was amazing. From the moment I heard that, I was on the hunt for vegan pizza, and when we finally found it I was so excited to get stuck in that I didn’t manage to take a very good picture. Despite the blurry picture, the pizza definitely lived up to my expectations, and if we had camped nearer I’m sure I would have been back there every day!

pizza tabun glastonbury

 

4. Paellaria

My last Glastonbury 2014 meal was at Paellaria, and it was delicious! When we visited Barcelona last year, my boyfriend and I became huge Paella fans; however, it is not something we get to have very often.

paellaria glastonbury

We were therefore extremely excited to find somewhere that served a vegetarian/ vegan Paella at Glastonbury!

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The Paella de Veduras (vegan + gluten free) was the perfect way to end a festival full of amazingly varied vegan food.paellaria glastonbury

 

I’ve never had such an amazing array of vegan options available to me; and this, along with the awesome people and music, made this weekend an incredibly special experience for me. Glastonbury, you were awesome. Same time next year?

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How to do Glastonbury… Vegan style

At the end of this week, I will be heading to Glastonbury Festival for the first time ever! Excited does not even begin to describe how my boyfriend feels about this; we’ve spoken about nothing but tents, line ups, and portable chairs for the past few months. I, on the other hand have been feeling a little, okay a lot, apprehensive mainly due to the showering/ toilets/ general personal hygiene issues a festival presents, but also about how I will find food that fits in with my veggie/ vegan lifestyle.

Recently I was trawling through online vegan forums where I stumbled upon a plethora of comments saying that Glastonbury is THE best place for veggies/ vegans. Some people were even saying that Glastonbury was the one time of the year that they ate veggie, simply because the food is so good. After finding this out, I’m definitely giving my boyfriend a run for his money in the too excited to function department, and can’t wait to head to The Green Fields (where all the veggie/ vegan action happens). I’m so excited to share all of my Glasto-food instagram pics with you all and will be writing a full blog post about all my vegan eats when I’m back. For those mornings where we don’t have the energy to roll out of our tent for breakfast, I have packed some Fruitina snack bars; they’re the perfect festival snack: light-weight, healthy and filling!

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To mitigate my no-shower panic, I decided to go on a mini-toiletry shopping spree. I am passionate about using cruelty free beauty products, so shopping for tiny toiletries is as exciting to me, as shopping for collapsable chairs that fold into the size of a shoe (yes, we have those!) is to my boyfriend! So for all you compassionate festival go-ers, here is my:

Festival Shopping List

1. Moisturising Hand Sanitiser (Festival must have!)

Crabtree and Evelyn at Marks and Spencer 

crabtree and evelyn hand sanitiser

 

2. Wet-Wipes (as an alternative to showering, aaaaa!)

Dr. Organic at Holland and Barrett

dr. organic wet wipes

 

3. Dry Shampoo (I’ve been told by seasoned festival goers that realistically, I won’t be washing my hair :o)

Superdrug own brand

superdrug dry shampoo

 

4. Mini bottles of my favourite shampoo and conditioner (just in case I can’t go 4 days without hair washing)

Tara Smith at Marks & Spencer

tara smith hair products

 

5. Mini bottle of body wash (for that shower that may or may not happen)

Original Source at Superdrug

original source shower gel

 

6. One large bottle of sun screen (this is the one thing that my mum insisted I didn’t downsize)

Ultrasun 100ml  at Amazon

Ultrasun 400ml at Amazon

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Glastonbury – here we come!!