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Perks Of The Park: The Cuckoos Nest!

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YOU COULD PLAY AT HOSPITALITY IN THE PARK!

1. Get your ticket

2. Prepare your tunes and load your weapon of choice (USBs or CDs)

3. Come to Hospitality In The Park and find the Cuckoos Nest

4. Step up to the decks and load your tracks

5. Let battle commence!

Sounds like every D+B fans’ dream right? Well we’re bringing that dream to life at Hospitality In The Park. For the first time, we are calling all bedroom DJs venturing to North London, to take yourself away from your routine mixing habitat and jump on the Cuckoo’s Nest stage.

Bring a USB for a killer clash in amateur D+B mastery to see who can get the biggest hype, the most reloads and loudest screams of appreciation. You’d be stupid to not come down and show off your undocumented talents to the masses for battles that could go down in Park history.

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There’s no criteria on what tunes you can spin, but as you will be battling against not just your mates but other D+B heads who are out to win, we’re looking for you to come correct and bring the best of the best! Seeing as this is the festival for the D+B inclined, we know that the standard of tunes will be high. Whilst some challengers will fall, those who do prevail will be covered in glory in front of a dedicated crowd of true music lovers.

Just make sure that you’ve loaded some deadly, high quality tunes and your mixing skills are finely tuned and ready to pack a punch. Let the games begin!

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Words by Viv Beech

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Posted 31st August 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks Of The Park: Dinner is Served

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The combination of food and music that is so revered by us good guys & gals at Hospital is well documented. With a history of BBQ events and a keen eye for nothing but the finest of foods, this policy is being put into overdrive for Hospitality In The Park with a record breaking 12 different street food vendors.

As commissar of cuisine, it is with great honour, and with a growling gut, that I outline the multitudinous menus that will be on offer come September the 23rd. The first 4 have already been discussed in great detail and if you missed out you can read about them here. But if you’re up to date, then prepare to chow down on some serious knowledge. Reading on empty stomachs is ill advised.

 

DOSA DELI

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The fact a foreign food can be lauded as Britains national dish is a testimony to the quality of Indian dining. Although skipping the Curry this time around, the good folks at Dosa Deli peddle nothing but the finest South-Indian street food. Priding themselves on pushing grub that is healthy, affordable and homemade, they seek to highlight that (without being vegetarians themselves) you don’t always need meat to have a mouth-watering dish for the ages.

For those who may be unaware, the ‘Dosa’, is the Indian take on the crepe. Native to South-India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, these rice and lentil filled crispy pancakes are as delicious are they are simple. However, at Dosa Deli, they have knocked it up another notch. The two staple Dosa you can expect to gorge yourself on will be the ‘Chilli Cheese Dosa Wrap’ – stuffed with Paneer cheese, tomato & roasted channa dhal chutney, fresh red onions and tamarind apple and date chutney. Woi. Following suit but this time Vegan friendly, is the ‘Mysore Masala Dosa Wrap’. Consisting of a stuffed dosa with potato masala, garlic peanut and chilli crumble and fresh red onions. Woi-oi-oi.

Healthy, hearty and guilt-free. This is the way to do Indian street food.

 

THE CHEESE TRUCK

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We in the UK love our cheese. We may not quite have the precision of Parisians or the instinct of Italian cheese makers, our love is arguably more so in the form of appreciation over creation. However, these guys are the exception to the rule. With cheese festivals and markets as a staple in the capital and beyond (we even roll cheese down hills in the more remote regions of England) it is no wonder that some dairy delectation is on the cards.

As one of the youngest amongst our vendors at only 3 years old, the Cheese Truck has cemented itself as the finest dairy distributor in the game. Within 2 years it is estimated a total twenty tonnes of cheese has been shifted, constituting over 100,000 grilled cheese sandwiches. Dairy I guess how many more will be sold? Now, as cheesey as that pun was, it pales in comparison to the rich, creamy, cheesy goodness dished out by these smooth operators.

From Glastonbury to Dubai, the Cheese Truck is dedicated to distributing nothing but the best of British cheese, working closely with traditional and thoughtful farms to provide nothing but the finest Britain has to offer in the ever expanding world of cheese. Far from your standard cheese toasties, you can expect fantastic fillings such as ‘Keens Cheddar, Ogleshield & Onion’ (with option of Bacon), ‘Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Bacon & Pear Chutney’ (I do say), ‘Rosary Goats Cheese, Honey, Walnut & Rosemary Butter (Oosh) and ‘Queso Chihuahua Cheese, Spicy Chorizo & Rocket’ (Ay Chihuahua!).

The salivation is strong with this one.

 

EARLS

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A repeat offender at Hospital shows now. When a festival sandwich is hailed by Foreign Beggars and London Elektricity as one of the best cheese-steaks they’ve ever had, you know you’re in for one hell of a treat. Formed by a student of Jamie Oliver’s cooking school, this saucy sandwichery is focused on fusion and freshness. Combining classical dishes with contemporary flair, expect heaven in an artisan bun.

Now aside from sanctified sandwiches, they also deliver chicken wings that are so devilishly delicious, they have been entered into the UKs annual best chicken wing competition. The description by Dub Phizix’s hypeman of choice Strategy as ‘A slap in the face that comes from a place of preparation and love’ is, we believe, very high praise when it comes to hot wings. Nobody wants a plain wing, and everyone wants to feel loved. At Earls, you get it all.

With other food creations such as the ‘Kim Wrong Un’, ‘Ho Chi Mi’,  ‘Erdogant do Meat’ and the classic ‘Hoxton Cheesesteak’, the creative pizzazz is matched only by the culinary excellence that is imposed by every member of the Earls family. My dream is an Earls on every corner and a sandwich for every child. Viva La Cheesesteak.

 

LE BUN

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Firing out fusion on all cylinders yet again, this time we have the French-American burger behemoths that are ‘Le Bun’. Coming to the conclusion that French and American cuisine wasn’t as different than originally assumed, Andy Taylor and Tim Talbot joined forces and were swiftly picked up by the Times, Channel 4 and Sky 1 for their refreshing and exciting take on classic American dishes. Time Out deemed them as ‘Londons best street food traders’, Buzzfeed decreed them as the ‘Best burger in London’ and they were hailed as the ‘best truffle dish’ in London by the Evening Standard.

High praise, I am sure you will all agree. But what is it exactly that makes this burger joint so special. I mean, how exotic a burger can one create? A question, that Le Bun, has put to rest permanently.

Par exemple: ‘Le Bourguignon Bun’ consists of Beef shin, bourguignon glaze, bacon salt, truffle mayo, champagne slaw and all sits inside a brioche bun. Not your cup of tea? How about ‘Le Club’ an amalgamation of confit chicken, slow roasted tomatoes, bacon salt, gem lettuce, avocado, citrus maple dressing and truffle mayo, once again all resting inside a perfect brioche bun. Hot Dogs, Wings, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Tartiflette and even more Canapés. Bun the rest, get the best.

The menu is so extensive and so opulent that it was incredibly difficult to choose those two items to hype up, so why not just look at the entire menu here. I am making it my personal objective to try everything on the menu at least once or die trying. A noble cause if there ever was one.

And there you have it. Dinner is served. A multi-dimensional dining bonanza fit for the gods. The perfect accoutrement to the spectacular set of artists and DJs poised to play this years HITP, it is beyond all shadow of a doubt. So why not treat yourself to some of the finest music and food the nation has to offer and come down to Finsbury Park on September 23rd.

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 27th June 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks of the Park: For Starters

Anyone who has attended one of our BBQs in the past knows that when it comes to refreshment, nobody in the game does it better. With the culinary details receiving just as much attention as the music, each dining option is carefully curated to ensure optimum enjoyment for all our ravenous ravers.

This time we will be bringing you 12 (yes thats right, 12) hand-picked eateries to deliver an untold dining experience that no other drum & bass event could dream of providing. To celebrate this elaborate range of exquisite food vendors, we will be engaging in a three-part blog series covering, in detail, the picks of each and what to expect when the 23rd of September comes rolling around.


ANNA MAE’S MAC & CHEESE

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First up is the London legend Anna Mae. If you consider yourself a foodie and you’re unaware of who this then lower your head in shame. From vending to the BBC, The Guardian, Nike, Glastonbury and now Hospitality, this monolithic macaroni provider is too starchy delights what Hospital is to Liquidfunk. So it was only fitting that these two titans joined forces for a party that’s cheesy in all the right ways…

With three trademark staples, you can go for the classic: ‘The Annie Mac’ which is simple macaroni with a secret three cheese sauce. One for the purists, albeit slightly non-adventurous. ‘The Don Macaroni’ is second on the menu which includes Macaroni, crispy bacon, fresh basil and a drizzle of basil oil. This fresh combination is followed by ‘The Spicy Juan’, which injects a little latin flair into the dish. Jalapeños, chipotle pepper, sour cream, and coriander are the ingredients that create this masterpiece and with plenty more options available, and no doubt something extra special in store for the Park, you won’t be dissatisfied. And if you are, there’s something wrong with you.


CARIBOU POUTINE

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The second of our fine food outlets will be making a journey down from Liverpool, as one of the few eateries based outside the capital. With the inspiration for their food hailing from even further away, Caribou Poutine will be bringing an injection of Canadian flavour with the perfect combination of fries, cheese curd, and gravy. With options including the Mrs Piggy, The Tex Mex, Big Liz and Shroom Poutine, the breadth of the options available is as extensive as they are indulgent. Pork, sausage, sour cream, chives, creamed cabbage, stilton, garlic and spring onion, the toppings are endless. Oh, they also serve maple butter fries. Just looking at the menu rendered me somewhat catatonic with delight in preparation for the divine delicacies that await.


BUTCHIES

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Rolling on through at numero tres is Butchies. A simple yet refined buttermilk fried chicken sandwich purveyor that serves up that crispy heaven in a bun oh so well. With only three options, these Camden-based chicken champions offer a simple selection, fried chicken and pickles, with the choice of garlic and herb aioli, or red leicester and sriracha. Although these sumptuous sarnies may be somewhat less extravagant than the prior two food stalls, less is more in this case. You can’t go wrong with fried chicken really, and the fellas at Butchies are perfect when it comes to poultry. With fries and strips available for those who’d rather avoid the bread, this crispy fried goodness is the perfect power source to keep you dancing at this years HITP.


CHEEKY ITALIAN

The final of our festive foodie friends are the fine people at Cheeky Italian. From the winding roads of Naples to the tower blocks of New York, street food has always been a big part of Italian culture and cuisine, and this classic food vendor with a contemporary twist aims to deliver simple, staple foods, with no compromise in terms of flavour or quality. Expect fresh pasta, seafood and burgers with only the finest ingredients from the ever so cheeky ‘primavera farfalle’ to their grilled tiger prawns with sourdough accompanied by sweet cherry tomatoes, oregano & lemon dressing and chilli.

Hearty, fresh and healthy yet with decadent options (such as their fried chicken and meatballs), this sophisticated solution to your hunger will no doubt leave you satisfied beyond measure.

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As you can plainly see, there will be no shortage of quality this year, and if that wasn’t enough, there are still another 8 food vendors to cover! We will continue with the entrées some point in the near future so keep your eyes peeled for instalment two. But remember, if you’re not at Hospitality In The Park, you won’t be able to enjoy all of this glorious food so don’t sleep and get your tickets now!



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Words Ed Priest

Posted 25th May 2017 in Blog, Features