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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

Dunc

playing the days away
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Posted:We're having a few problems finding some decent caterers for PLAY. We've looked at a few but none can really offer us what we want confused



Does anyone know any good caterers, who work at events like PLAY and are willing to stay open almost 24 hours a day providing tea, chai, veggie, vegan and meat food (with lots of nice variation) and at good prices?



We played with the idea of providing our own but without proper experience and resources we feel it won't be as good as we'd like to offer.



Any links, phone numbers, addresses, pointers and information etc would be most appreciated either in here or by PM please.



Thanks! ubbrollsmile



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Dom
BRONZE Member since Dec 2001

Dom

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Location: Bristol, UK

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Posted:Have you got in contact with the people who organise the Bristol Convention? They normally manage quite well.

Or just leave leaflets from the local pizza delivery firm lying around wink


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Lavatwilight
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Posted:some one should make an ical thing of all the events!!!!!
yeah that should happen!


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flid
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flid

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Posted:i know a few good caterers that do festivals serving vegan/vegetarian food that i've sampled over the years. Unfortunatly I'm a little drunk right now and can't remember any names right now! Will post again tomorrow when my brain is back in operation biggrin



great to see you're looking at caterers that do vegan food, tis always nice to know there's at least something i can eat for a weekend other than fruit and flapjack smile


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Dunc
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Dunc

playing the days away
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Posted:We spoke to the Bristol people tonight, and found a couple others too which was nice!

Flid - ubblol been a good night mate? smile We figured it was more important to cater for veggies and vegans then pretty much everyone can eat. Plus it's cheaper so we all pay less smile There will be meat tho, so omnivours and carnivours don't worry yourselves too much ubbrollsmile

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Sym
BRONZE Member since Sep 2004

Sym

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Location: Diss, Norfolk, United Kingdom

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Posted:Yep, after walking round the site last night we saw loads of rabbits so theres even free food for the carnivours! wink

I don't think we have power on site (Dunc, as I right?) so they'll have to be gas powerd or something.


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flid
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flid

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Posted:It was a reasonably good paid for by work night smile



My fav food vendors of recent years at festivals that i can find on the net are:



http://www.purplepenguin.org/
(vegetarian/vegan, chilled out big marquee, lots of cake, chai, tea etc as well as hot food. Busy that weekend thou)

http://www.buddhafield.com/
(vegetarian/vegan, big marquee, no info on site however about the cafe. I've seen them at non religious/buddhist related festivals in the past)

http://www.veggies.org.uk/
(vegan, just a van, have been around for ever but weren't as good as they've been in previous years when we went there at kingston this year, have quite a few products inc burgers, cakes, etc)



Damn hippies! I can't find websites for even half of the ones I'm thinking of. There's a big list here, but haven't sampled them all and know some don't do festivals: http://www.veggies.org.uk/acd/groups/caterers.htm
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From my experience most places that do meat will do a bit of vegetarian food and no vegan. Vegetarian/vegan caterers rarely sell any non vegetarian products


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Mags The Jedi
GOLD Member since May 2004

Mags The Jedi

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Location: Cornwall, UK

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Posted:I can cook veg curry. ubblol

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house_of_mill
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

house_of_mill

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Location: Manchester England

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Posted:Ask Zane Rambardo(Think thats his surname) he works for the mean fiddler and get the guys who do homelands as the food there was better than my moms

*Thats one of my favourite Nurseries over there,*

Roman, Trippie Hippie,On the way back from Play Festival

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Lavatwilight
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Lavatwilight

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Location: Wellington somerset, UK

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Posted:ok i miss read that very very wrongly :S

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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

Dunc

playing the days away
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Posted:ubblol



Thanks guys, you're all angels angelblue kiss hug



I found that veggie.org listing the other day and we should now have someone lined up we just have to negotiate final terms.



Sym, we'll have some elctrical power around (for marquee etc) but these guys are solar powered, which is nice smile



Mags your curry would be lovely ubblove if you can bring a big vat full all the way from Falmouth I'd happily let you sell it biggrin


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Sym
BRONZE Member since Sep 2004

Sym

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Location: Diss, Norfolk, United Kingdom

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Posted:*Bump*

Same Festival, same problem!

Moonbeams have dropped out at the last minute, so we are now looking for another cafe!

Help!


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maus
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Posted:Have you thought about asking swamp circus ifthey want to do it?
The food they did at BJC from the swamp bus was ace.

If you want i can ask for you or pass on your details?


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Sym
BRONZE Member since Sep 2004

Sym

Geek-enviro-hippy priest
Location: Diss, Norfolk, United Kingdom

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Posted:No I've not, good idea I will talk to them biggrin hug

Thanks smile


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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:Swamp Circus were great.

On the the last day they looked like they were getting to close up and I poked my head in the door and asked for 'something'
Had no idea what I had ordered but what they gave me was nice, a kinda veggie platter with all sorts. Was definitely value for money.

Yah get them!


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TheBovrilMonkey
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

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Location: High Wycombe, England

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Posted:Pfah, don't bother with any caterers, just schedule plenty of chocolate eating workshops tongue

But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:Sponsored by Green & Blacks?

With archery classes. Targets sponsored by Thorntons (Logo in the bullseye)


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Helen_of_Poi
SILVER Member since Apr 2004

Helen_of_Poi

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Location: Dublin, Ireland

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Posted:Yep, we're having the same problem with the EJC in Ireland.

Also food hygiene laws are VERY strict here (more so than in the UK or most of Europe), so we need professionals who have all the right permits, equipment etc, but can serve some slap up veggie and vegan meals.

Any leads anyone?


Helen_of_Poi

EJC Ireland 2006 Organisational Team

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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

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Location: Perth, Australia

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Posted:One of us local spinners has catered our last few events and the food has been simply beautiful. She is over your way but wouldnt have local permits and such.

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Seye
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

Seye

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Location: Manchester, UK

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Posted:can we bbq on site?

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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

Dunc

playing the days away
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Posted:Hi Seye wave

Yes you can bbq on site so long as you ensure no grass is scorched, there are cows in the fields once we've left and aparently cooked grass doesn't agree with their tummies

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Gnor, who is this? Is it Gabe? From what I know all that is needed to serve food is a basic food hygiene certificate smile


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Skulduggery
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Posted:When at the Womad festival I eat at least one meal a day with [url=http://www.womad.makessense.co.uk/locations/85.html]THESE] lot. The food is yummy and they have smily happy staff.

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Dunc
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Dunc

playing the days away
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Posted:thanks Lynne, that's an awesome link, I love manic organic!! I always eat there at Glasto cuz they're near where we usually camp smile

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sunbeam
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Location: Madrid, United Kingdom

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Posted:The Bedouin Cafe is really good and has an open-mike stage area.... dont know their contact details but you could email the small world to find out. their email is solarstage (-at-) btopenworld.com.

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