The Feast Collective is my very favourite part of Camp Bestival. Mr Tumble may be my childrens favourite but the Feast Collective is without a doubt mine.
This years Feast Collective is shaping up to be an amazing culinary delight. DJ BBQ will be running the show. DJ BBQ is one of the Jamie Oliver FoodTube presenters as well as an awesome DJ. He will be telling you all about what’s on offer and mixing up some fabulous tunes for you to enjoy your dinner to.
This years offerings come from:
The Cake Shop Bakery
Le Rac Shack
The Thoroughly Wild Meat Co
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
Plus much more..
Some food I tried at last years Feast Collective
Now let’s find out a little bit more from DJ BBQ shall we?
1.First of all, a question you have probably been asked a million times.. Why the spandex? Not that we don’t love it of course 😉
Well, I like to show off and it came from my DJ’n gigs. I would do multiple costume changes during my sets like Beyonce would do during a live show. I think a lot of DJ’s are boring to watch behind the decks so I wanted to give the crowd a bit more of a performance. Plus, I’m crap at mixing records so it is a distraction technique. hahaha.
2.What is your crowd pleaser dish?
It’s gotta be our 21 hour smoked pulled pork on Wild Cherry, Sweet Chestnut, and Oak. Our burgers are pretty special as well. We’ll be doing a blend of flank, brisket, and chuck at Camp Bestival as well as rad babe and dude(kid) burgers.
3.What do you enjoy most about cooking at festivals?
I like talking to the people and playing fun party tunes. We spin lots of vinyl at Camp Bestival which goes down well. Watching parents drag their kids over to show them the record and saying, “this is what we use to listen to when we were young!” The kids just looking confused as they normally don’t understand the process of a needle on a record. I also love serving up the best pulled pork in Europe.
4.It’s clear that you enjoy what you do with regards to both food and music. Did you imagine 10 years ago that you would be cooking up meat for thousands and entertaining many more in your spandex suit?
I had the epiphany at RockNess on the banks of Lochness about 8 years ago. I wanted to create a destination where people could eat and party. This is why I love the Feast collective. We have the best area of the entire Camp Bestival.
5.Is there one recipe in your book that people have to try?
My Dad’s Iowa flank steak recipe. So easy and tasty. Plus my kick ass fish tacos are to die for.
6.What is your earliest food memory?
I remember going fishing on the atlantic ocean with my grandaddy and catchin loads of croakers and spots. We’d spend hours cleaning about 100-200 fish. Bringing them home for grandma to cook up a fish fry. She’d coat them in corn meal and fry em up in a cast iron skillet. Soooo good. She served this bread called Spoon Bread that i’m currently trying to recreate. I also remember shucking corn with my Dad by the grill. He’s from Iowa and they eat a lot of corn.
7.Tell us something not many people know about you?
I have eight nipples. How cool would that be. Hmmmm. I used to make snowboarding movies for a living in the 90’s. We lived in an old school american school bus and travelled the planet making movies. I also delivered my third son on the living room floor with the help of my neighbor, Clare. The 999 lady helped on the phone as well.
8.In your time as DJ BBQ what has been your favourite event/festival?
When Rob Da Bank came over to our set up on the Saturday and saying, “I heard you had THE best soundsystem rocking last night of my entire festival.” YUP! we did.
9.Is there any band/artist you are excited to see at Camp Bestival 2015?
I haven’t seen the lineup yet. I just like listening to our crew of DJ’s. We easily have the best vinyl Dj in Europe. Neal Birnie, Everything is Everything.
10. And finally what will you be feeding us at CB?
We will be serving the world’s best smoked pulled pork and amazing burgers. Kids sizes and adult sizes and Giant sizes with the Ultimate Piggyback.
We may also be bringing over some German Bockwurst from the Black Forest courtesy of Herman ze German. We’ll also have merch and my book for sale as well. More than happy to sign it.
Me and DJ BBQ at last years festival:
Thanks to Christian Stevenson aka DJ BBQ for chatting to us and watch out for my post tomorrow sharing two of his fantastic recipes.