As a world class musician who plays in venues across the Americas and Europe, I know what are the really important things to have in a festival venue. Of course, you must have multiple stages with fantastic audio/visual and lighting capabilities. You must have space and provision for the audience size that you have sold tickets to. In addition, most festival venues have a number of tents or buildings that can house other artistic or creative events or seminars. However, one of the absolutely vital requirements for a truly great festival venue is for food preparation. Festival venues with the lot always look out for the appetites of their key entertainers.
Festival Venues with the Lot
Cooking and eating good food is essential if your festival is to be a stupendous success. No polystyrene fast food outlets only please. Artists and their audiences do not appreciate your lousy McDonalds and KFC. They are greater souls and even greater stomachs, who appreciate real food cooked by real people. Organic ingredients and delicious slow cooked meals should be the order of the day. The fans deserve to be treated like human beings not robots or battery animals. Feed the people good food and they will be good to your festival.
The artists are best served by their own community kitchen, where they can cook for themselves or be cooked for by some talented and generous members of the festival staff. Kitchen designs must allow the maximum use of space for all these performers to create their favourite meals. Then they will give their greatest performances at your festival. Remember, ‘an army marches on its stomach’ and this is a creative army bringing joy to the hearts of thousands. Musicians love to make music and they also love to eat and drink. A beautiful kitchen will inspire great cooking.
Forget the bloody microwaves and dirty deep fryers! Leave your chips and TV dinners for the unenlightened. We want fresh salads and sour dough breads. We want slow cooked pork and beans. Fresh herbs and spices, lightly grilled fresh meats, delectable homemade sauces and beautiful fruits. Lots of bench space for creative cooks to perform feats of unimaginable intricate preparation. Elements of fire, earth, water, air and metal to combine in a world class kitchen design. Festival venues with the lot understand the integral importance of the performers community kitchen. Bon appetit my friend.