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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Words Ed Priest