For my 30th Birthday weekender we decided to take a family trip to Shindig @shindigweekender where Rodney was performing. @kaylamccreesh and @aaron.k.e_04 came along with us. We was prepared for rain which was what was predicted on weather forecast but where lucky to have a lot of sunshine over that weekend.
This was Sienna, Maya, Aaron and Michaela’s first festival experience and what a great place to start. Here is a video of our experience….
The girls where so excited as soon as we drove in (from London it took us 2 and a half hour’s drive as this year was in Somerset), the car park was so full so we knew the turn out was great, walking around there was so much on they had kid’s kingdom, craft workshops and loads of food stands. It energy was fantastic, very family friendly.
There was lots of cool things to spot as we walked around, Sienna and Maya where was fascinated by the rubbish monster (which features in our video), Sienna and Maya also got some jewels put on their face, which unfortunately did not stick on too well but was lovely while they lasted. When we was walking backstage for their dad’s set to begin they spent time with Barry @dubpistols, when Rodney’s set was on they were so happy and proud of their father.
The tent’s where fantastic, ours was a bell tent in the boutique camping. The bell tent had two double beds and was extremely comfortable and so useful when the storm started that night, but we woke up in the morning to a muddy field (which the girl’s loved) and sunshine.
The next morning we decided to go exploring….
We started in the kid’s kingdom which had graffiti and breakdancing workshops, a tent that showed movies for kids, a huge wooden jenga, a kids soft play area, a area with a variety of space hoppers, a dress up tent and rock climbing.
The kid’s had so much fun rock climbing, the staff where very friendly and encouraging, it was a lovely experience.
After rock climbing we chilled out on the hammock’s (there was loads all around the festival). While relaxing we saw a hula hoop workshop started next to where we where. Sienna, Maya and Aaron joined in. I started Hula hooping after the workshop finished and it reminded me of how much I used to love to Hula.
We then looked around for food, there was A LOT of Vegan options.
There was the ASAIN GRUB FOUNDATION that had vegan curries and wraps as well as veg samosa and veg bhaji. There was such a delicious aromatic smell that came from their stall. The food looked great and when I went to get samosa’s they had sold out so unfortunately I did not get to try but all their customers looked extremely pleased with their food.
@freshorganic23 stall sold vegan and gluten free options, they had burgers and chips, spicy bean or mushroom with a choice of gluten free roll. Organic veg curries, creamy coconut curry or Thai tofu peanut curry served with brown rice. They also sold breakfast, vegan and gluten free cakes, smoothies, coconut water and herbal teas.
@hedgerowcordial which you could get in still or sparkling came in a variety of flavours such as rhubarb and ginger – lemon and mint – wild nettle – chilli and lime – blackcurrant and lime or gooseberry and vanilla.
There was a wood fire stone baked pizza stall which had vegan cheese option and sold their pizza for £7 with toppings of your choice (mushroom, caramelised onion, olives, roasted peppers, pineapple, sweetcorn and jalapeno) at 50p each.
@theveganpyramid was very eye catching, as well as vegan they had gluten free options. A big variety to choice from such as Hemp burgers, vegan breakfast, chilli burritos, spiced chickpea tagine, patties in pitta, burrito bowl, hot dog and chilli cheese dogs, humous and salad or fruit flapjack.
@thehippychippy was fantastic very eye catching and had some interesting flavours available including garlic and rosemary – sweet chilli – smoky bbq and original. They also come with vegan cheese (for extra £1) or vegan mayo (optional). The girls wanted some original and it was so addictive, the perfect chunky chip, not too greasy or dry, it was the perfect balance.
@passion4juice was my fav spot we had brought three smoothies, energy balls and 2 smoothie bowls. They had lots of options, such as FRESH PRESSED JUICES the great Aussie thirst quencher – the passion potion – detox special – go green go – energy burst – the live saver – sunkist – the immune booster, SMOOTHIES acai berry – go troppo – super green smoothie, SMOOTHIE BOWLS, ENERGY BOOSTER organic turmeric lemon bliss ball, ORGANIC NOURISHING SUPERFOODS super energy boost – organic super greens – turmeric – pure organic guarana – echinacea – ginseng – hemp protein powder and a hot apple brew.
The smoothie I purchased each time was super green smoothie which was made from baby spinach, water, banana, mango, coconut, spirulina, turmeric and apple juice. I also got this as a smoothie bowl topped with apples, pineapples, granola and seeds. Michaela got the go troppo smoothie which contained mango, coconut, banan and apple juice with same toppings. The energy ball we got was nice had a very citrus after taste and a great texture. This was my fav Vegan stall to visit at the festival.
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Busy making plans for the uk summer festivals. You will find us at @barnonthefarm @2000trees_festival @worldyogafest @womadfestival @purbeckfolk @fvfestival @simonendoftheroad plus many healthy living workshops. #nutritionist #womensworkshop #festivaljuicebar #healthycaterer #ukfestivalscene #ukfestival
Overall such a great vibe and energy such a fantastic family friendly festival. My kids loved it and still can’t stop talking about it. I was pleasantly surprised at how many vegan stalls there was as I worried I would not have any options but was in fact spoilt for choice. There was so much for the kids to do, we spent two days there and we still did not get to do everything as there was so much on and such a massive space.
I fully recommend this is a festival you do not want to miss out on. (for more info details are below and follow them on instagram @shindigweekender)
looking forward to the next one….
Peace and Love