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Glastonbury 2005: Food Review

03 July 2005

With such a myriad of international cuisine on offer, to suit all tastes and palates, from Lebanese and Jamaican to the good old fashioned British meat pie, we decided to find the best ones, as recommended by you!

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With so many varied cuisines, itís been a difficult choice, but hereís our verdict on the stalls selected by festival goers at this yearís Glastonbury...

Stall 1: Melted Cheese Nuggets Vegeburger Stall (Gibbs Catering)

As recommended by: Katy Barnett, from Canada:
 ďThere are lots of vegetarian options, which Iím quite impressed with.Ē

Gibbs have been selling vegetarian food at Glastonbury for around fifteen years, and this year had three stalls around the festival. ďThe best thing about being here is the atmosphere Ė everyone comes and chats to you,Ē states stall manager Linda. The vegeburgers are made from vegetables coated in breadcrumbs, and the stall also sells breakfasts.

We tried the Vegeburger with cheese, salsa and bacos (bacon-flavour soy protein bits).

This year the stall was situated to the side of the Pyramid Stage, great for grabbing a quick bite on your way there or to the nearby John Peel Tent, but a trek to anywhere else.
VF verdict: 4/5

The stall was brightly coloured and attractive. The food itself resembled the kind of burgers sold in more upmarket restaurants.
VF verdict: 5/5

The fresh vegetables in the burger were lovely, plus the bacos gave the burger that extra bacon-flavoured kick. The burgers were messy to eat, but otherwise a great meal.

Virtual Festivals Final Rating: 4.5/ 5

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Stall 2: Square Pie Company

As recommended by: Peter Chapman, from Essex:
ďIím sure youíll get someone else suggesting this as well. The pies are fresh, you get mash, and you get gravy

The legendary Square Pie company has been a festival favourite for the last four years. Based in London, the stall produces handmade gourmet pies with fresh mash, described by manager Martin as ďsimple quality food, and hopefully the best tasting pie you can get. People love what we do and they really like the pies,Ē he continues. ďItís good fun

We tried the Chicken, Leek and Ham pie.

In the centre of the main market area, itís in a prime location for those wanting a pie between bands on the Left Field stage or the Jazz World stage. However, if youíre watching bands on the Pyramid stage, best leave early to secure your pie.
VF verdict: 3.5/5

Square Pieís simple uncomplicated red and white layout makes the stall easy to locate amongst the hundreds of other food stalls, and it couldnít be easier to pick your pie from the range on display.
VF verdict: 4/5

Nice crust, great fillings. The stall also provides a great deal in its "The Works" meal, with a pie, mash, peas and gravy for only £6.50; an epic meal thatíll keep you filled up for the entire day. The only problem is itís impossible to carry a drink AND this impressive offer in two hands, so make sure you have a mate handy to provide you with liquid refreshment.
VF verdict: 5/5

Virtual Final Rating: 4/5

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