In the third of my ‘fes­ti­vals and food’ series, Gourmet Gigs this week takes a look at the gor­geous glob­al food treats at Wom­ad. The fes­ti­val might be known pri­mar­i­ly for world music, but it has steadi­ly built a name for itself in the food are­na too, and the Taste the World stage has proved pop­u­lar over the last few years.

This year you’ll find Bao Buns (Tai­wanese burg­ers), Ethiopi­an beef stew, Goan fish cur­ry and Tibetan momo dumplings, plus authen­tic Amer­i­can Pit smoked Pulled pork and Jerk­li­cious chicken.

Drinks at the var­i­ous stalls include cold-pressed juices, Cam­bo­di­an Chai tea and ‘Tha­iAn­gle Ton­ic’ made with mint, lemon­grass, lime and pineap­ple juice. Wom­ad have paired up with Yalum­ba wines this year, so keep a look-out for wine tast­ing ses­sions and talks. They have also cre­at­ed an eth­i­cal wine that is 100% veg­an and veg­e­tar­i­an friendly.

Food, WOMAD Festival 2015

The Taste the World stage is where artists com­bine their cook­ing skills with musi­cal inter­ludes and inti­mate per­son­al anec­dotes. Malian all female super group Les Ama­zones d’Afrique, Cameroon­ian soul king Blick Bassy and the Roman­ian folk band ZMEI3 are amongst those show­cas­ing their native culi­nary delights. Blick Bassy will cook up Jazz (red beans) and Allo­co ( fried plan­tain) and the ladies from Mali cook Pois­sons Salé on the menu, a salt­ed fish dish with African egg­plant from Gabon in Cen­tral Africa.

WOMAD Festival 2015
Kids take part in a cook­ery work­shop at WOMAD Festival

The Hairy Bik­ers will be join­ing Wom­ad this year on a mis­sion to find the world’s tasti­est chick­en and egg dish­es. Fresh from their world tour explor­ing the culi­nary favourites of var­i­ous coun­tries, the boys have vis­it­ed France, Moroc­co, the USA and Israel, with their final des­ti­na­tion being Wom­ad’s Taste the World Stage, where they will be shar­ing food, sto­ries and music from their trav­els, accom­pa­nied by the fan­tas­tic Abass Dodoo on drums.

 Click here for the Wom­ad line­up, food, tick­ets and more

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