Secret Garden Party lead the fine dining trend

The festival landscape is changing, with the introduction of more premium food and drink outlets to UK music festivals in recent years. This year high-end food and drinks options are expected to be more popular than ever. Secret Garden Party are going further than most, having recently announced they’ll be opening a gourmet, table-service restaurant for party-goers this year.

[Photo Credit: Danny North]

Chris Gillard, former head chef of Michelin-starred restaurant, St John, will be responsible for the 80-cover restaurant, open for lunch and dinner service during the four day festival. The restaurant will bring a new, refined level of food to the famously alternative music festival. The arrival of a seated restaurant, complete with waiter service and gourmet food, is a first of it’s kind at a major UK festival.

In keeping with the intergalactic theme of the festival, the restaurant is called Milliways, a reference to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Milliways will serve a largely Italian menu, cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Gillard said: “Quite often at a festival you’re walking around drinking warm beer out of wobbly plastic containers. It’s a chance to have a break from that. We’ve got plates, knives, forks, tables, waiters. It’s a restaurant in a field, a little oasis of civilisation.”

This year’s line up includes headliner’s Air, Caribou and Primal Scream, along with plenty of brilliant lesser known acts. Secret Garden Party will take place from 21st-24th July in Abbots Ripon.

For the full line up, head to the Secret Garden Party website.

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