If you are able to travel to the Keswick Mountain Festival next year – Do it!
The Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) is the UK’s largest Mountain Festival – a heady mix of sport, music, food and fun held on the shore of Derwent Water, in what must be one of the most beautiful festival spots in all of England.
Sporty and On-the-way-to-sporty types will have lots to enjoy – taster events and challenging races on foot, bike and water are available to adults and young ‘uns. There are also exhibitors, food stalls, a roster of impressive speakers, a mix of live music, and the chance to enjoy the surrounding countryside.
This was my first KMT, my Best Beloved’s second. (He’s Sporty; I’m just beginning the journey to rediscover my sportiness.) We went as a sort-of-a date. So it was primarily dinner and a concert for us – we’ve a fondness for fiddle, whistle and pipes, and the setting is perfect for such.
Among the offerings, we chose to share a pizza from Woody’s Rustic Pizza. What a fun lot of people, and they make delicious flame-kissed, thin crusted pizza pies!
And they kindly let me get a close up of their mobile wood-fired oven in action.
One apology, though. We practically inhaled our Marguerita pizza – so no photos of it.
Our second share was a Chakalaka Chicken Wrap from Safari, specializing in South African fare. Why? Equal parts food description and how much fun we had saying ‘Chakalaka Chicken’.
And then we needed a drink. BB went the Taylor’s tent for a beer, I opted for a Yorkshire Tea from the fun folks at Oatopia.
We just had enough time for dessert before the Peatbog Faeries arrived onstage. With the sent of deep-fried dough in the air, it was inevitable…
These convivial folk were entertaining and served up some seriously tasty churros.
Oh. My. Word. These were so good.
At that point, we two stuffed people were joined by three lovely family/friends and a jolly lab named Poppy.
Poppy tugged her person up the top of the hill when the band came on, but the remaining four of us joined the jolly crowd to soak in some celtic-infused music and maybe dance a wee jig or two.
Our quick dip into the KMF was much enjoyed by both of us, and we hope to enjoy a bit more of what’s on offer next year. They’ve not announced the dates for 2018, but I’ll give a shout out when they do.