Scrummy guest blog from Tandem Festival – happening this weekend!
Tandem takes good food very seriously – with a whole host of foodie partners in Oxfordshire, a long-standing bond to Cultivate local market garden and friends in Abundance, Disco Soup, Good Food Oxford and the Oxford Food Bank: we want to make sure we offer you scrumptious, ethical & affordable food and drink to tickle your taste buds and quench your thirst! We’ve also got lots of food workshops & talks: check out our programme here!
What does a Tandem Feast look like?
Freshly – Cooked, for ALL*
Supporting small and local businesses & most of all,
(*we’ve carefully chosen our food stalls so that gluten-free, dairy-free & vegan** options are all on the menu, without needing to make special requests!)
This year, we’ve gathered a great variety of festival food gurus from near and far to fuel your dancing feet – so why not have a taste of the FEAST you can have at Tandem by checking them out below…
Wa! organic, veggie & vegan meals packed with super-tasty superfoods & made fresh daily in Oxford! Great festival pick-me-ups inc. soups to boost energy and curries to fix any hangover. There’s a feel-good factor to boot: for every wa! meal sold, a child in poverty really gets fed a free healthy meal.
Fundi Pizza offer fresh, veggie & even gluten-free pizzas from the Nelson brothers, freshly made with responsibly-sourced ingredients on the wood-fired pizza oven they built themselves! We’re salivating over their Funghi
Fresh Rootz! use fresh, locally sourced ingredients in their world-inspired meals, crammed with more like 7-a-day of your fruit & veg! They love using British root veg and beyond and have won Best Street Food awards on multiple occasions: we’re excited to take their street food to the fields and tuck in at Tandem Festival.
The Tandem Bar!We’re master-minding the bar this year with a specially-selected range of Oxfordshire ethically-sourced quench-thirsters!
We’ll be serving up: Ales from Hook Norton, wine from Brightwell Vineyard, cider from Red Dog Cider in Benson and apple juice from Waterperry topped off with a smile in the sunshine. We’ve also got a special batch of our very own Tandem Elderflower Cordial, made with love by Abundance Oxford and Tandem volunteers using flowers foraged on site.
Horsebox Coffee Co. For some people, good coffee makes their festival day. For others, a good cup of Horlicks or hot chocolate makes the world feel right in the afternoon. Emily will be reviving us with ethically-sourced hot drinks from an upcycled converted horse box! She may well be roasting a special Tandem Coffee Blend too!
Snack attack from the Squirrel Snack Shack They’ll have your breakfasts, afternoon munchies and midnight snacks sorted: all ethically-sourced organic and fair-trade wholefoods, sweet things and roasted treats pick ‘n’ mix style.
Tandem Festival Kitchen is back by popular demand! Tandem’s Team will be serving up punchy stews, hearty soups and big ol’ mushroom baps alongside fresh salads, wraps and rolls to make your taste-buds sing.
This year we will also be running a pop-up candlelit restaurant on Friday and Saturday evenings serving up a delicious 3-course meal. If you wish to book tickets to this please text Pippa your name, number of places you wish to book and time/day on 07586 048861. The restaurant will run from 7-9pm on both evenings and costs £20/head including a glass of local wine!
Tandem Crêpes: Très bon they tell us, our crêpes are vegan and gluten-free buckwheat superfood pancakes – so everyone can enjoy them! Don’t worry we’ll have all sorts of toppings for those of you who want to indulge.
Tandem Chai: A warming brew of organic Tandem chai will see off any cooler mid-summer eves.
Home Baked by Annabel brings Award-winning Brownies back to Tandem!
“Great Taste” award winning brownies & cakes from Annabel Fleming, made with love in Oxfordshire. The Guardian said “those chocolate brownies are superb”, and we are very much inclined to agree!
OxCoop Student Cooperative bake up a storm for Tandem: yummy organic, fair-trade cakes (including vegan & gluten-free cakes with no compromise on taste too!) Ox Co-op was established by and for people who care about where their food comes from: for those who want good, delicious, wholesome & still affordable food without resorting to supermarkets. Check out their weekly Friday pop-up shop in Turl St Kitchen!
Coming soon.. Duke’s Po’Boys…
** P.S. all the food at Tandem Festival is vegetarian! We haven’t shouted about it because we think that good veggie food shouldn’t need the word veggie in it: it’s just good food!
The environmental impact of the food at a festival is one of the largest impacts of the whole festival (another biggie is transport ) and so we’ve carefully picked a plethora of delicious festival food that’s all veggie to reduce our overall impact environmentally and ethically, without any compromise on taste.