Ed and I spent last weekend at Wilderness, kindly invited by Jose Cuervo, to join the tequila-fuelled celebrations, at what is in my opinion, one of the best festivals in the UK. If you haven’t been to Wilderness yet, you need to get involved next year. Ultimately, it’s a big of food festival with all sorts of extra curricular activities, from live music to wild swimming, yoga, bush running and more. To tell the truth, we didn’t do all much beyond drink frozen margaritas, dance, swim, sunbathe and eat, but it’s nice to know that all those holistic things were on offer if we wanted them!
It was our second year at the festival and we were blessed with the most incredible weather again — it was baking. When night falls, everyone descends into the Valley where DJs have the crowd pumped and you can dance ‘til dawn under the stars. There’s something about dancing to disco tunes in the middle of a forest, lights bouncing off the clouds that feels totally surreal.
We took the whole weekend pretty chilled, in bed by 2am on both nights, enjoying all the food, drinking oodles of frozen margaritas in the sunshine, dancing our socks off, then rinsing off our tequila hangovers in the river. There’s so much to eat, drink, and see, jut don’t expect to come back with any money…!
We missed out on tickets for the chef banquets, but did the Jose Cuervo and Breddos Mexperienca at Tequila Town on Saturday afternoon which was a blast! We made our own Paloma cocktail, before tucking into Breddos tacos and tuna tostadas, and tested our skills in a margarita speed making challenge — WHICH I won, by the way. It was so fun! I’ve never drank so much tequila in one weekend but I am absolutely not complaining — I bloody love the stuff.
Thinking about the rest of the food and the highlights…Breakfast Club’s Virgin Mary for brekkie were the dream; the Innocent Treehab (a treehouse giving out free Innocent coconut water) was a godsend; my friends Josh and Luce at Bill or Beak kept our bellies happy with their cheesy truffle fries and Vietnamese duck burger, as did late-night Annie Mac’s mac and cheese, and for Ed, midnight snacks in the form of Duck and Waffle’s signatory duck and waffle.
We headed home on Sunday afternoon, full, happy and slightly sunburnt after a seriously fun weekend. Wilderness for me is one of the best weekends of the year and British summer at its very best. Crossing fingers, knees and toes that we’ll be going back next year!
Stay tuned, I've got a Wilderness vlog coming soon to my YouTube channel (which I would love you to subscribe to if you haven't already!)