Monday, 30 June 2014

Breakfast at Glastonbury

This year, thanks to my job as a tech journalist, I was lucky enough to be taken to Glastonbury by the telecoms provider EE. I popped my Glastonbury cherry a year with very mixed weather – one minute it was blazing sunshine, the next rather frightening thunder and lightning. But I survived, with help from the lovely EE VIP Garden area, where I could go to escape the downpours, have a few drinks, recharge my phone and even blow-dry my hair.

EE provided superfast 4G wifi through their 'herd of cows'

On the Saturday, EE provided their VIP guests with a mouthwatering brunch and a few celebrity surprises.

It was probably more of a 'lunch' than a 'brunch', but who’s complaining? The spread was extensive with a BBQ buffet of burgers, relishes and salads, as well as pastries to keep in touch with the breakfast theme.

Chilling in the EE Garden at Glastonbury
But the best part of this buffet was (DJ) Seth Troxler’s Smokey Tails pulled pork – I’m a HUGE fan of heavily marinated and slowly cooked meat, so I was really looking forward to trying out Troxler's family recipe. He assembled bite-sized sliders (or mini-burgers to us Brits), made from a brioche bun, jammed with pulled smokey goodness and a sticky red cabbage slaw. I was told to “eat it in one”, and so I did. And – wow –I could have eaten ten of those sliders back-to-back, the sweet BBQ and smokey sauce with succulent pork was pretty damn good.

And while we sheltered from yet another storm in a tent full of scatter cushions and decorated in the EE colours of yellow and turquoise, we listened to intimate performances from Bipolar Sunshine and the beautiful Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Glastonbury EE Garden entry

I was very excited as I'm massive fan of Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and I think she should have definitely won Strictly Come Dancing last year. We listened to acoustic numbers from her latest album and she finished with her rendition of Dolly Parton's Jolene which almost bought me to tears.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor singing at the EE Garden in Glastonbury
I managed to grab a Sophie-selfie
The Glastonbury experience

Glastonbury sunset

Flamingo selfie
"Glastonbury is heaven for a foodie" - I was told before I headed to Somerset on Friday.

And indeed it was, the muddy fields lined with so many different varieties of street food serving an endless number of cuisines from your bog-standard burger to food from the 'farmhouse kitchen', spicy chocolate dip for churos to frozen bananas. But that was exactly the problem - I was ridiculously overwhelmed and it would take me forever to decide what to eat, much to the annoyance of my friend. Part of me wished I had longer to eat my way around the festival, but my aching legs splattered with mud told me home on Sunday ahead of work on Monday was probably for the best.

Frozen banana stand - who would have thought?

Farmhouse Kitchen for a healthy alternative

The Soup Library - I  loved the name!

Churros are the best midnight feast snack

But after a weekend of jumping up and down to amazing bands, little sleep, too much indulgence and a sea of mud, the best thing ever was the bacon butty eaten while sat on the floor of platform one in Castle Cary station. Just heavenly.

A bacon butty and a cuppa tea - I feel human again