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Camp Bestival Planning

22 sleeps to go.   This year I’m appearing at Camp Bestival which means that I will have an ‘artist’ wristband and I’m never, ever going to take it off.  I’m a little excited, you can probably tell.  I’m booked for two gigs;

Friday 12 noon – Hotpoint Demo Kitchen, making sugar free muffins and cookies

Sunday 12 noon – Literary Institute presenting ‘How to Get Kids (and Dads) Off Sugar’ 

So not only do I have to plan what to pack for camping but also what I’m going to wear on stage and I feel I ought to be a little more glamorous than my normal festiwear, eyelashes are a must though.

We’re back in camping plus again, won’t consider ever going back to the general camping, once was quite enough.

It’s about time to start testing out Cocktails.  Two years ago I moaned on about the necessity for pouches of ready made frozen cocktails (not allowed glass on site) to take to festivals and my wish has come true, I have some in the freezer to test out this weekend.  My ’emergency fall back’ option is a carton of Mojito mixer – lime juice, mint and stuff and a flask of Bacardi to make mojitos on site.  Everything has to be decanted into plastic as no glass is allowed on site so the rum is in a flask so it doesn’t get mixed up with water or that would be ‘interesting’.

I’ve also sourced ‘glow in the dark’ martini glasses from The Glow company – awesome, I only went to order glow sticks and found these a couple of years ago and they’re fabulous so more are arriving today.

Glow Martini Glasses
Glow Martini Glasses

I’ve bought Glow tumblers for the children so they don’t feel left out.  We also our essential Bog in a Bag, for those 2am toilet needs, that way no one has to trog off to the loos in the dark.  In Camping Plus this isn’t too bad but it’s just easier to have a quickie in the tent.

Food for the weekend

Mojitos for Thursday and Friday night, frozen box of white wine as it defrosts slowly over 2-3 days and just becomes chilled.  After that we switch to red.   In an ideal world all we would need is three things: Tequila, salt and limes, we wouldn’t need anything else to get us through the weekend as no food would be required or remembered.  However, we have children so that’s not going to happen *sighs wistfully*.

Our friend Grant is cooking Thursday evening as is traditional, not sure what he’s cooking up this year, don’t care, someone else is cooking so I’m happy.

Friday evening is traditional fajitas, I’m about to make these and freeze them along with the refried beans and have to nip out and get guacamole closer to the time.

Black Bean Brownies
Black Bean Brownies

Sweet potato and orange cake is a Camp Bestival staple, plus black bean, gluten free brownies and my lovely gluten free, sugar free chocolate chip cookies, these are the ones being demmed on stage too.  I had a special request from the children to make brownies without anything ‘superfood’, no beans just normal really unhealthy brownies packed with sugar and all the bad stuff, so looks like I’ll have to make two versions. Only thing left to make is the pear and frangipane tart to go with the coffee.

Pear and frangipane tart
Pear and frangipane tart

I have shoved loads of bacon in the freezer ready as we ran out last year, major crisis.   Need to get a carton of red wine as a back up for when it runs out, plus crisps and nibbles.

Girlie essentials

A mirror – must take a mirror or it’s very difficult to put your false lashes on, other girlie festival essentials are:

  • false eyelashes, lots of different ones, getting more extreme as the weekend goes on
  • false eyelash glue
  • glow in the dark/UV make up
  • ditto nail varnish
  • glitter and facepaint
  • wet wipes
  • sun tan lotion
  • mini skirt – fake tan on the legs if they are a little on the lumpy side
  • bikini tops – even in the rain
  • Dr Martens – it’s really uncomfortable walking miles in flip flops
  • Wellies or walking boots
  • Flip flops for showers – we are in Camping Plus, this is posh, there are showers *whoops in delight*
  • mirror

That’s it, just need to finish off the final list and make sure I have all my ingredients with me to take to the demo kitchen when we arrive and then it’s figuring out how to get all the stuff in the car, hmm.