Last month, the Wilderness festival transformed Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire into a foodie-music loving 60’s secret garden festival.
The three-day festival saw headline music acts from Björk, Ben Howard and George Clinton. Plenty of other Indie-Folk-Rock music that played until the stars came out.
The culinary line up was what obviously caught our attention and we were excited to see the chefs who were getting involved and stepping outside their comfort zone and working in festival/camp site conditions. This year’s hosts included Angela Harnett and Raymond Blanc, who did a tremendous job hosting long banquet tables of guests. They were joined by Nuno Mendes, Scott Hallsworth, Neil Borthwick, Moro, Duck and Waffle, Kurobuta amoung others.
We enjoyed attending Scott Hallsworth’s ‘Japanese Comfort Food’ cooking class where we all gathered around a rustic banquet table and enjoyed getting involved, picking up some new Japanese cooking skills and having a laugh with friends.
Due to the nature of the festival, it attracts a very British, middle class audience who are after a fun, relaxing weekend with family and friends. There is no pretence and it is a very relaxed environment. It is also kid friendly and is made to be a fabulous family outing.
The award-winning festival (Best Festival Activity Award, 2013) has been running for five years now, so all the creases have been ironed out, allowing the festival to run smoothly like a well-oiled machine. The programme offers a detailed schedule, so you can plan your day around who and what you want to do. The team behind Lovebox and Secret Garden Party are the curators of the festival so it is in very good hands.
Wilderness was a great experience and something I would recommend keeping an eye out for next year.