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Eating The Apple Cart

8 Jun

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Last Sunday I went to The Apple Cart, in London’s Victoria Park. I have eaten plenty of bland, overpriced dreck at festivals (not all festivals – Glastonbury is of course another good example of a well-catered event) in my time. Still, given that the sophomore year of this boutique one-dayer boasted the Venn Street Market food area, I was hoping this wouldn’t be the case. And while the weather unfortunately dashed my expectations, what was on offer to eat thankfully did not.

We started out the day with some Apple Cart ale. Pre-midday drinking in a rainy field on a Sunday? Frankly, I can think of few more British ways to kick off a Jubilee weekend. Also, when a festival’s got its own ale, it’s rude not to…

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Lunch decisions were agonising, but eventually I went for an Agentine chorizo roll from Borough Market‘s Porteña’s stall.

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The chorizo itself was rich and spicy, the bun soft and the chimichurri sauce a pleasant undercurrent of umami to tie the whole thing together. It is one of the most unashamedly decadent things I have eaten in a long time, and days later I’m still trying to work out how often I could get away with attempting to recreate it at home

For dinner I’d been hoping to grab some pulled pork from the Bodean’s van – something I was genuinely excited about, seeing as there are only so many chances a non-London-dwelling girl gets to try such things. Alas, they were sold out. Still, the next best thing was a hog roast from a sadly nameless stall.

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The photo does not do the size of this beast justice. I could – stop sniggering – barely get my mouth around it. There were distinct notes of fennel, rosemary and garlic, and suffice to say my Bodean’s-less sulk did not last long.

Other things I could happily have feasted upon? Arancini, topped mac ‘n’ cheese, lamb flatbreads, 35-day aged steak burgers… Other things we did opt for? Crispy, comforting churros dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with hot chocolate, although the latter could have done with more of a kick of cocoa or chilli.

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Most impressive of all? All of this racked up to easily less than £20. I have paid the better part of a fiver for lank chips or a grey burger in the past at festivals. I’d love to see this approach to food permeate festivals as a whole. I wish I could say I was holding out more hope…