Camp Bestival Feast Collective

Today I’m all about another side of Camp Bestival, the food and specifically an area of nutrition that particularly interests me; wine. The Knackered Mother’s wine club will hosting wine tasting at Camp Bestival as part of the Feast Collective and you will find me there.

The Feast Collective is everything from fine dinning, creative cooking and to an array of amazing street food options, we will be stopping by Dorshi for some the Asian food. My other half is keen for slow smoked meats from the Smokestak. Biblos is Bristol based and therefore, I love it already.  Healthy street food, wraps with a Middle Eastern, Caribbean vibe. Nice!! Camp Bestival take festival food to a whole other level.

Amongst the Feast Collective, like a trapeze queen poised and ready to delight will be the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, in her own 70’s tourer! Want to join the club and discover more…. you are in the right place, because I’ve interviewed the Knackered Mother herself.
Let me introduce you to Helen, Helen McGinn AKA the Knackered Mother, of Knackered Mother’s Wine Club blog fame. Wine buyer, then mother who started a blog, which quickly found a keen audience. The blog grew and became a book, the very excellent Knackered Mother’s Wine Club. These days you may find her writing for the Daily Mail or as a TV personality, chatting with celebs whilst recommending wine on the Alan Titchmarsh Show. Helen has also won numerous awards and runs her own wine business.

I came across Helen via twitter in the early days of my life there on and I have met her at blogging conferences across the years. Recollecting our meetings they have either been in bars or by the wine table. Given that her blog is called the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, to be honest, initially I was expecting someone slightly disheveled and half cut (as my mother used to say). In fact, Helen is elegant, charming and approachable. The woman is practically a walking and talking fine wine. Follow her blog, besides being full of excellent wine recommendations, it is very funny.

I was keen to discover what to expect from the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club (KMWC) at Camp Bestival and subjected Helen to an in-depth interview (Kirsty Wark move over).

Me: How did Knackered Mother’s Wine Club come to be involved in Camp Bestival Feast Collective?
KMWC: Rather brilliantly, I got an email late one Sunday night from Rob Da Bank asking if I’d like to come and do something at Camp Bestival. And I said ohmigod I’d love to. It was that simple.

What can we expect from the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club sessions at Camp Bestival?
The idea is to have a big wine tasting with some stuff that is completely delicious, isn’t frighteningly expensive and is easy to find. There’ll be bubbles, whites, reds and a wine that has to, by law, be drunk with chocolate. It’s unlikely to be the most formal wine tasting there ever was, but I think it’s going to be properly good fun.

The big question, will you be camping or glamping?
Well, given that our tent was bought when we were a family of four, and now we’re five and my mum wants to come, we’ll be doing neither. We’ll be cramping.

Festival virgin?
My mum went to the Isle of Wight Festival when Jimmy Hendrix played when she was pregnant with me. Does that count? If not, then yes.

Will you be in circus fancy dress?
I’m expecting jokes about my red nose.

What are you most looking forward to seeing/doing at Camp Bestival?
The whole Feast Collective idea is fantastic and I can’t wait to explore what’s there. My boys are really looking forward to seeing Horrible Histories and we’ve recently seen Charlie & The Chocolate Factory so my daughter will love the bedtime story stuff. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Sinéad O’Connor and Laura Mvula. And the Literary Tent looks set to be fab. The whole thing looks like a dream.

Camp Bestival is strictly no glass, what is your festival wine box recommendation?
Go for a red so you don’t have to worry about chilling it. The Tesco Simply Cotes du Rhone 3l is pretty good value at £17.99 (£4.50/bottle). Lots of flavour and just a little bit grrrr.

Who was your favourite celebrity on the Alan Titchmarsh Show?
Adam Ant. Barking, but so charming. Prince Charming, you could say. Oh, and Nadia Sawalha, the resident celebrity cook on the show. She’s outrageously funny and really held my hand.

Are you Facebook friends with Alan?
No, but I haven’t asked. Maybe I should. What if he declines? Awkward.

Finally, will you be bringing your mother and ebay Colin to Camp Bestival?
My mother will be coming. And no doubt she will tell everyone she meets that she was at the Isle of Wight Festival when Jimmy Hendrix played. You have been warned.

The Knackered Mother has left the building.

This summer Camp Bestival isn’t just about music, circus, arts, comedy, dance, wild stuff, it is also about good food and fine wine. Be part of it. Tickets still available here.

Disclosure: I am a Camp Bestival Official Blogger. All words and opinions (except Helen’s) are my own.


  1. Emma

    You will have such fun with Helen there, she’s def. one of those people that you feel like you have known for years – a bit like you really!  I am still so jealous… Please tell them I would be willing to travel for this next year! 😀   

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