Below we have another story from a reader of the site, Marie Jackman. She had a good break last summer with various festivals and gigs, and wanted to share a fun post about the greatest food she found on her various festival stops. Take it away, Marie!
Last summer was hectic, though it was surely a wonderful experience. I arranged to appear at several different folk music festivals in Ontario and attend many more. Being a rather young musician and a developing singer, this was quite a break for me. I was seen and listened by thousands of people, while I was having the time of my life. The atmosphere in music festivals is fantastic; everyone is smiling, everyone seems happy. There is much dancing taking place, quite a lot of drinking and of course, lots of eating!
In Eaglewood I had the best hot dogs. A big, juicy sausage was perfectly grilled and placed within the best hot dog bun I have ever tasted. It was topped up with a rich, spicy, homemade sauce, some green salad and deep fried onion rings.
At the Mariposa festival I had an incredible deep fried chicken (I may or may not have gone right home and searched for deep fryer reviews). It was served on moist pita bread, sprinkled with fresh parsley and green onions. You could choose between 5 different dips and I went for the spicy honey and mustard. It was fantastic.
There was a vendor in Home County that had 5 huge trays of different deep fried seafood on his stall. There were clams, shrimps, crab, cod and some kind of fish fingers, the truth is that I never asked what it was. All I cared about was how amazing it all tasted. Different batters were used to coat different foods. It each matched the consistency and texture of the particular food and it was spiced accordingly. The large sauce selection was reinforcing already delicious dishes. I never got to taste the salads; I was already full before I got to them.
Deep frying is not particularly healthy and I usually avoid it for healthier ways to cook, but these were three occasions in which I could not resist. Especially in the last case it was impossible to keep away; I ate almost a plate of each. Although deep fried food has been linked to elevated cholesterol levels and coronary disease, no one can deny how scrumptious fried food is.
However, the grilled beef steak I had in Summerfolk was equally mouth watering. The meat was great; it was properly seasoned and perfectly cooked. It was accompanied by roasted potatoes and a fresh, green leaf salad.
By far the best dish I had was simply a beef burger. It was in Red Rock festival if I recall correctly. The burger was grilled on the spot. It was large, juicy and a little spicy. The bun was a whole meal, homemade piece of heaven. It was filled with a crunchy mix of very finely chopped vegetables, red and white cabbage, carrot and cucumber combined with herbs. The final touch was a thick, homemade barbecue sauce.
I had much more over the summer, but these were the most memorable dishes that make me drool just thinking about them. It was particularly surprising that I did not gain any weight over the two months I was on the road.