If you are going to Festival No6 this year then I imagine you will be already planning for it, packing your stuff, buying festival essentials, checking out which bands you want to play and now you can check out the long table banquets that have been recently announced.
The banquets will take place between the 4th and 6th September and will give festival goers the opportunity to experience some beautiful food along the White Horses promenade on the banks of the River Dwyryd. The whole experience is being dubbed ‘Dinner at Clough’s’ in tribute to Clough Williams-Ellis, the architect who created Portmerion where the festival is located.
The banquets will cost £65 per person and include a delicious three course meal for 200 people to enjoy cooked by an internationally renowned chef. Taking place every lunch at 1:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm during those three days, with a free welcome drink to start and every day will a different chef will be taking to the kitchen to create their own special menu.
Friday sees the turn of Mary-Ellen McTague who’s previously worked at The Fat Duck, won Chef of the Year at Manchester Food and Drink Festival in 2013 and is currently planning the relaunch of her new restaurant Roadhouse.
Her menu includes a starter of Salmagundy: 17th century style salad of late summer vegetables with pickles, home cured hams, fresh curds, grilled sourdough & cob nuts. Spit roast kid goat, cauliflower cheese, baked potatoes & pickled cabbage for main course and for dessert, Summer pudding with brambles & buttermilk.
The creative force behind Lyle’s, James Lowe, take to the kitchen on Saturday with a menu of little gem lettuce, cured cod and tomato for starters. For mains, Grilled two-month old Dexter T-bone and sweetcorn and to finish, Plums, oats and plum kernel ice-cream.
Finishing up, the banquets for the festival is Aiden Bryne, a former head chef at The Grillhouse at The Dorchester in London, who now holds the helm at Manchester House as well as his own British grill style pub, The Church Green in Lymm.
His menu includes a starter of mixed cured fish: crab and basil mayonnaise on sour dough, gin cured salmon with pickled cucumber and fennel & sea bass carpaccio with carrot, ginger and passion fruit. While for main course there will be Texel lamb rack and tartare, Caws Mynydd Du Anna potato and rarebit glazed, braised onion and it will all be finishing on Gin and Tonic: Flavours of Hendricks: rose, pink grapefruit and cucumber.
It seems like the ultimate luxury to have during a festival and though the price for the banquet is an addition to the festival ticket price, it is the perfect way to experience some food from renowned chefs. To purchase you banquet ticket visit their website.
However, if you are looking for something a little cheaper while there then there will be plenty of options as the UK’s finest food and drink pop up’s will be in attendance over the course of the weekend. With a street food village that will be serving everything from burgers, sushi and Mac ‘n’ Cheese to steak sandwiches and Californian style feel good food. While drinks wise there will be a real ale bar, a Pop Up Bubbles Bar and Bloody Merion, serving Bloody Mary’s with a twist.
It seems like Festival No6 is a festival not just for the music lover with it’s impressive line up and headline acts for 2015 but also a great place to go culturally to experience the best food, drink and more on offer. Festivals like this are ones I personally enjoy the most and I think will be the most successful in the future, with so much on offer there is something for everyone making Festival No6 a great place to check out for the music lover, foodie or culture vulture out there.