I went to Roskilde Festival last week, not with the slightest intention to write this story. Actually I went with work - I work for Volt.
But being me, I couldn't help but research the foodie happenings beforehand, and I bought tickets to some of the events. The first of those events was the Street Dinner, hosted by BiteMe, and boozed up by my favourite winos, Vinhanen.
On Tuesday evening - so before the main festival opened - long tables were set up in Camping Area J, and decked out with plates and wine glasses that kept blowing over in the wind and smashing. The wine glasses were tied together in pairs with string - the idea being that "you never drink alone".
Once the crowd of foodies who'd bought tickets were gathered, we got into teams of 3 (aka "you never cook alone") and were each assigned a task to contribute to the 24 course meal that was to follow.
My awesome team were in charge for throwing leeks into the fire pit, picking them out again when they'd blackened, and peeling them. The others were doing all sorts from dusting blueberries with hibiscus to stringing up chocolate enoki seaweed.
We were pretty curious how on earth it would all come together. When we took our seats, Anastasia, the BiteMe "Storyteller" (as per her business card) got up with her megaphone to inform us that two from each table would come up to collect each of the 24 courses.
Vinhanen brought two wine tanks with them, which I was very happy for, and we made a lot of trips back and forth filling up our bottles and glasses. Thanks to them, it ended up being my drunkest night of Roskilde Festival - I'm surprised my DSLR survived the madness!
The menu consisted of courses like "Tomato Soda", "Herbal Balloons", "Pig & Whipped Butter" and "Sweet Potato Fudge". Each course had something a little bit strange about it - though make no mistake, the whole affair was delicious! And weird food inspires conversation, so our table quickly got to know each other and had a brilliant time. We were still there drinking and laughing away when the tables around us were being folded up and put away (not that we noticed this at the time, being so drunk and merry. I only know from looking at the photos after!)
This was an event I went to on my own, something I do quite often, but which doesn't always turn out to be so much fun. What I thought would be a 1 hour dinner where I'd take a few photos, eat something, and leave, turned into 5 hours of cooking, drinking, eating and enjoying life with all the great people I met. It was one of my Roskilde 2015 highlights.
When I stumbled back to work later (a journey I barely remember) my colleagues thought it was pretty hilarious how drunk and happy I was - which I'd seemingly gone and done all by myself.
Thank you to BiteMe, Vinhanen, More Than Eating, and most of all, the brilliant people I met, for such a great time!