There’s been a growing focus on upscale festival food over recent years, with festivals putting an emphasis on high quality food and wellness trends. As festivalgoers appetites change, shunning fast food options in favour of clean eating, trend-led street food vendors and high-quality fare, food is moving to the top of the priority menu for a growing number of festivals. Here’s our pick of the best #festivalfood on offer this summer!

Food is a big part of the WECANDANCE experience, with an exceptional level of quality food available at the festival, including a very special collaboration with Michelin-starred restaurant The Jane. For this occasion, celebrated chefs Sergio Herman and Nick Bril will close the doors to their Antwerp restaurant and move their entire staff to their pop-up restaurant at WECANDANCE.. Visitors to #WCD16 will also be able to choose from a wide range of signature dishes developed by many of Belgium’s leading restaurants and chefs, all inspired by this year’s festival theme of Space. Dishes include Mercurry, a delicious lobster burger created by De Oesterput, Umami’s Full Moon Curry, Nxt Door’s Terrestrial Tapa of fish wrapped in a Japanese breadcrumb tortilla and Blend’s delicious Planetary Patatas with chorizo and mousseline. Plant-based cuisine is also represented as Essence presents their Burger Lost In Space, made with sprouted pecan and salad, pickled onions, cucumber, almond slices, sweet potato and carrot, topped off with curry and barbecue flavours. Alongside this there are expert cocktail mixologists and even beach-roaming sommeliers to provide an unparalleled food experience at the event.
WECANDANCE takes place from 13-14 August 2016 with acts including Dixon, Jamie Jones, DJ Tennis, Eduardo Castillo, Recondite, Pachanga Boys, Young Marco, Maribou State and more. 2-day tickets from £65 available at

Mysteryland have an entire food island dedicated to deliciously tasty food experiences! The world’s longest running dance festival brings over eighty nationalities together and the food offering reflects this rich and diverse mix. As well as sampling those famous Dutch pancakes and friets, you can also discover the flavours of Suriname at the Faya Lobi foodtruck, indulge in Oysters with sparkling wine, sample Italian piadinas and wood-fired pizzas, sip on ice-cold Caipirinhas and Margaritas, indulge in a Kidney Houston Burger (made with kidney beans, corn, sun-dried tomatoes and chocolate!), say Aloha to Detox slow juices and smoothies at the Strandbar or relive the flavours of your childhood with Alice & Kate’s Steam Pop Machine which delivers mouthwatering organic popcorn and natural cotton candy. More than just a place to eat, on Lepeltje Lepeltje island you will also find a series of artist performances. Tuck into Saté-man’s charcoal grilled satay meats as you watch Studio Barnhus and Triphouse Rotterdam performing at the Bollywood Bar or watch musicians The Applejacks at Loco’s Kitchen as you sample their fruit shakes and vegetarian dishes.
Mysteryland takes place from 27-28 August 2016 with acts including Diplo, Martin Garrix, Surgeon ft. Lady Starlight, Dave Clarke, Rebekah, Apollonia and Boys Noize. 2-day tickets from £95 available at

Morocco’s Oasis Festival invites not one but three of the most revered restaurants from Marrakech to bring the exotic tastes and rich aromas of the Medina to this year’s edition. The famous Café des Épices will bring a selection of their most popular dishes, rising star Nomad brings its modern twist on traditional Moroccan cuisine, and Kamal Laftimi’s other much heralded establishment, Le Jardin, will deliver a mouthwatering vegetarian menu for guests. Local favourite Mr Brochettes will also be on hand to deliver their traditionally cooked meat and vegetable Brochettes (skewers), and guests can also select from an impressive selection of salad, juice bars, Moroccan pastries and desserts.
Oasis takes place from 16-18 September 2016 in Marrakech, with acts including B.Traits, David August, Dixon, Derrick May, Dubfire, Eli & Fur, Tale Of Us and The Black Madonna. 3-day tickets from £120 available at

With a diverse mix of international cuisines on offer alongside local favourites, visitors to Sziget will be taken on a culinary journey. Szitizens can choose from the various cool street food trucks or eat like the locals and try lángos, a deep fried flatbread rubbed with garlic and normally served warm with sour cream and grated cheese or another favourite zsíros kenyér which is made using pork or beef dripping spread on bread or toast. Fancy something sweet? Kürtőskalács, a hungarian speciality are a must try. Made using a sweet dough and roasted on a spit over hot coals, and once golden brown the cakes are filled with your choice of cream or rolled in sugar, they’re not to be missed. Thirsty revelers can try a refreshing Fröccs which is a spritzer of white wine topped with soda water or take on the traditional Pálinka, a local fruit brandy. With all of this plus a pop up from Budapest’s Michelin-starred Costes for those with a VIP pass, Sziget has one of the most varied food offerings going.
Sziget takes place from 10-17 August 2016 in Hungary, with acts including Rihanna, Muse, Sia, Noel Gallagher, Bastille, Jake Bugg, Bloc Party, David Guetta and Chvrches. 7-day tickets from £175 available at

OFF festival in Katowice not only has a musical lineup to fit all tastes but its diverse range of food offers a culinary experience worthy of a gourmet food festival. With each meal prepared from sustainably farmed organic ingredients festivalgoers can sample some of the finest quality festival food out there. The festival caters to all dietary needs from vegan to gluten-free, a massive choice of local delights and plenty of options for kids meaning even the smallest festival guests can enjoy what’s on offer! With nothing frozen and nothing processed you can taste the freshness, a breathe of fresh air from the usual stodgy festival fare.
OFF Festival takes place from 5-7 August 2016 in Katowice, with acts including The Kills, Anohni, Minor Victories, Ata Kak, Sleaford Mods, Yung Lean, GZA and Thundercat. 3-day tickets from £70 available at

Emily Segameglio | Global Publicity