Disclaimer: My entry to The Lost Village Festival and expenses were kindly covered by The Botanist Gin. As always, all words and opinions are of course my own.
Honestly, I thought I was done with festivals. The camping, being knee deep in mud, not showering for four days, naff pints of warm beer, eating cold beans out of the can. I loved it at the time but had definitely had its day for me. Then comes an invite to The Lost Village Festival with The Botanist Gin. I pondered…cocktails and a teepee with a real mattress? Go on then, I can handle that!
The Lost Village Festival
Glamping aside, this isn’t your typical UK music festival. It feels hidden and mysterious, set up in amongst a forest in Lincolnshire. The small stages are spread out in the green, with decorative installations hanging from the branches. Such creative attention to detail sets Lost Village worlds apart from any other festival I’ve been to. Music and comedy, plus workshops (bookbinding, make your own pom-pom headband, to name a few) and talks. Even yoga was an option by the ‘Lake of Tranquility’ and steaming hot tubs!
The Botanist set up an incredible greenhouse at the festival, literally built around and in between the trees. Serving up their gin in a specially curated menu of delicious cocktails, many with a nod towards the wild ingredients. The classic Negroni was a hit with my boyfriend (always is) but the bramble, using Aelder elderberry liqueur, was a definite favourite for me.
My love for The Botanist knows no bounds ever since my trip to their distillery on Islay last year. Read a bit more about their story on my last post with them but what makes this gin so special, is its 22 additional foraged ingredients distilled into the gin along with the usual botanicals. All hand-foraged locally on the island. I have the greatest respect for everything they do, the way they do it and the people involved.
We had a chance to sit down with brand ambassador Abi Clephane at one of the workshops running over the weekend, mixing cocktails and learning more about the foraged ingredients. And maybe had one gin too many because it was from here things got a little hazy and the dancing started! All in the name of research…right?
All of the drinks needing soaking up with food. Not something we struggled with, there were so many brilliant street food vendors to choose from. We paid a visit to Dishoom, 26 Grains and Breddos Tacos too.
The Lost Village Festival doesn’t stop there and I’m glad it didn’t. There was a ‘banquet’ tent, hosting ticketed dinners, including a pop up from the likes of Michelin star winning Tommy Banks. We dined lavishly on a seasonal 4-course supper in aid of Cook For Syria. This is not your usual festival eating experience, what a treat!
In case it isn’t obvious from the photos, we had an absolute ball! Already looking forward to next summer and the possibility of more festivals to come. And there was me thinking I was done with them, not yet. Not while there’s all this good food and drink involved.