The extortionate food prices at the Download Pilot festival

The diet of a rock music fan, attending a festival, may largely consist of beers, burgers and sausage butties.

But it needn’t be that way.

Download Festival is one of a few events which has been given the go-ahead by the Government.

The three-day pilot event took place this weekend, with 10,00 people in attendance.

As well as live bands and stunning sets, there was some decent grub to be found too.

Here, journalist Scott Edwards reviews the festival’s food offerings, as originally reported by Nottingham Live.

Scattered around the Download Pilot festival site is a veritable array of foods including pizza, Greek cuisine, jacket potatoes, mac and cheese, salads, noodles, vegan chilli, steak, rice dishes, Japanese cuisine, ice cream, crepes, donuts – as well as burgers in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

And drinks aren’t limited to alcohol – you can also find an array of smoothies, juices, tea and coffee.

But with a captive audience camping for three days, only some of whom will cook some meals for themselves on the campsite, it really is a lucrative market for those lucky enough to get a concession stand.

With prices as much as £2.60 for a can of Tango or CocaCola, £4 for a small portion of chips and a sausage and bacon bap for £8.50 and fish and chips £9.50, people’s bank accounts – no cash it’s cards only – will take a bit hammering over three days, not to mention their waistlines.

So it came as a bit of a shock to Scott Edwards, senior video journalist for Reach Central, when he headed off to buy his first breakfast of the weekend on Saturday morning.

He soon learned that being able to walk up to a stand and order without queuing might be because the place where everyone was prepared to wait in line was actually cheaper.

He opted for a sausage and bacon bap at £8.50 and said: “A decent portion, filled the hole but took a slight hole out of the bank account too.

“Festival prices are always going to be higher. Good job it tasted nice.”


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But then Scott spotted another breakfast stall and headed for an alternative.

He said: “Two teas, one fresh squeezed orange juice, one ham and cheese toastie and one hash brown for £14.

“That’s more like it! Now I know why the queue was so short for Easy Cheezy! The place next door is way better for value and the food stayed warmer for longer. Queues speak volumes.”

Scott paid £7.50 for sausage and chips on Friday night after he arrived but was pretty surprised to find out the cost of soft drinks.

He said: “Never thought I would pay £2.60 for a can of pop… but today was the day.

“Early in the morning, the Pepsi Max hut was still shut, bars closed so options were limited. Desperate measures in desperate times most definitely.”