category artist and touring

On the Ball Catering for the Rugby World Cup 2015 Opening Ceremony

The Red Radish summer season just got three weeks longer when we heard the news that we have been confirmed as backstage crew and artist caterers for the 2015 Rugby World Cup opening ceremony at Twickenham. We begin setting up our kitchen, and feeding the hardworking production crew in early September and really get busy with some big numbers and super talented people once the rehearsals and lavish ceremony takes place three weeks later.

It will be our first time working with the fantastic Unspun Creative, the agency, which delivered all four Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies during London 2012 and we can’t wait to show them just how great we are!

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The spectacular Opening Ceremony and pre-match extravaganza will be a showpiece curtain raiser before the competition kicks off properly on Friday 18 September as England take on Fiji.

We would not want to say anymore than that but trust us when we say there are sure to be some great surprises in store and we are more than a little delighted to be involved.

And, sorry but before you ask, NO we cant tell anyone what surprises they have planned and sadly, NO we definitely don’t have any tickets!

Foodie Heaven with Red Radish, Jamie Oliver and the 2015 Big Feastival!

When we first got the call from IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion and events around the world, asking if we wanted to quote for the backstage artist and crew catering at one of their festivals we were more than a little excited, but once the details emerged that it was for Jamie Oliver and Alex James’s Big Feastival in the beautiful Cotswolds we almost couldn’t contain ourselves in our desire to cook in the same field, never mind feed, some of these uber-talented culinary geniuses and hardworking crew.

It might have taken a couple of months of toing and froing, careful menu planning and countless emails but late yesterday afternoon (in Minsk!) we got the perfect start to the weekend (not that we ever get one of those of course!) when we finally received the email confirming Red Radish had been chosen as the official crew and artist caterer for ‘The 2015 Big Feastival’.

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When Jamie and one of his mates decided to get into festivals it was only ever really going to focus on one thing. Food! Food, glorious food (albeit it with great music) and being part of that is all a bit of a dream come true for Red Radish and a pair of PROPER foodies like us.

So picture the scene… Jamie Oliver, the legend that is Raymond Blanc, Masterchef’s Monica Galetti, Ashley Palmer-Watts, the executive head chef for the Fat Duck group (Yes THAT FAT DUCK!!!) and a host of other wonderful chefs and foodies with delicious ingredients all cooking up a storm on the same beautiful idyllic farm as Red Radish and our very own team of extremely talented chefs.

Some might say that the pressure is well and truly on with this one, but we love a bit of that anyway and literally can’t wait to get cooking for ’em all!

Red Radish secure another great 2015 Festival – Secret Garden Party

Despite being on a twenty hour ferry crossing between Arena tour catering gigs in Rotterdam and Norway, the wonders of satellite communications means we have just received a great email letting us know that Red Radish has today been confirmed as the back-stage crew and artist caterer for SECRET GARDEN PARTY 2015. The devil is always in the detail (and these guys certainly plan well) so it is no surprise that is has taken a couple of months of meetings, negotiations and going back and forth with menus before we finally got today’s decision.

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As a “VERY SERIOUS CATERING COMPANY” we are really pleased to be involved in what Secret Garden Bill as “A SERIOUS PARTY” and we literally can’t wait to spend the last two weeks of July catering for everyone at this exciting festival in their super-beautiful Cambridgeshire location.

The festival kicks off on Thursday 23rd July and finishes on Sunday 26th July. The venue is Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire and if you aren’t lucky enough to have a ticket, but have serious hospitality, desire or chef skills then drop us a line with your CV because we will soon be recruiting festival staff for this and a whole host of exciting other summer festivals. – info@red-radish.com

Wonderful Events whilst tour catering in wonderful Romania

The latest adventure for the Red Radish tour catering team has seen our truck and mobile kitchen head off on the (very) long road east to a wonderful arena in Bucharest, Romania. It has to be said that it was with some trepidation that we packed our flight cases and sent off on the 2000 plus kilometer journey from our mainland European base in France. The weather had been kind in Cannes and we knew we were heading for some snow on what was just about our deepest catering trip into one of the old East European iron-curtain countries. Our ultimate destination and the first venue on this leg of the tour was Romexpo which first opened in 1961, and boy were we excited.

Tour Catering Romani and Eastern Europe

After a seemingly effortless trip through Italy, Slovenia and Hungary things started to get a little more complicated once we hit the somewhat bleak European border town of Timisoara. Whilst there was the obvious benefit of Romania joining the EU and us not having to deal with a laborious carnet, there were still the inevitable questions and queues as we explained where we were heading and why we had an entire catering operation and kitchen in the back of our van! Once through the border and on to the somewhat potholed roads we were absolutely amazed by the beautiful surroundings, fantastic scenery and lovely people. We loved Bucharest, the venue was great and the tour promoter, the aptly named Wonderful Events SRL’, turned out to be one of the most helpful production crews we have ever worked with on tour. They simply could not do enough to help as we installed our mobile kitchens and set about finding our way around the Bucharest markets and cash & carry. It was a great gig and we can’t wait to go back and cater (or holiday) there again!

Mulţumesc mult Alexandra, Dan and everyone at Wonderful Events!

PS: Also, to set the record straight, in ten days we saw no more than half a dozen stray dogs, not one gypsy and never got robbed once!

Happy to be back Crew Catering at Lovebox, Wilderness & Somersault 2015!

We are delighted to have just been re-booked for this year’s crew and artist catering for the 2015 Mama Group Festivals. Last year was our first at Wilderness, Global Gathering, Lovebox and the exciting new Somersault Festival. Our journey with Mama saw our crew and catering trucks travel from one of Inner London’s most wonderful parks, down to the glorious Cotswolds and on to the beautiful wilds of Devon, and it has to be said that we loved every minute. Having won the contract from their existing catering company Eatopia back in the spring of 2014, it was great to know such an established festival company were so pleased with our service and crew food that they did not even bother asking anyone else to quote for their catering this year. We reckon you can’t get much more of an accolade than that. Our hardworking team are all delighted and absolutely can’t wait to cater for their lovely crew again this summer. – Email info@red-radish.com or call 07532 427033 if we can help you!

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Being awarded the Cirque du Soleil European Tour Catering Contract

It was June 4th 2013 and we had literally just arrived in Glastonbury Festival to start setting up our mobile kitchens for a very busy crazy month long crew catering contract for the iconic Shangri-La. Obviously ‘unusual’ things are an everyday occurrence at Glasto (and particularly Shangri-La!) but it was more than a little dreamy when the mobile rang and we were greeted by a French-Canadian voice asking if Red Radish were interested in tendering for some tour catering work with the world famous Cirque du Soleil. Yes, the world’s biggest circus had checked us out and was asking us to give them a proposal for a quick three-weeks of catering for an approaching DRALION tour leg in France! We were unbelievably proud to say the least! The French venues were stadiums in Nice, Amneville and Nantes and the start date for the catering was to be just a few days after we finished at Glastonbury.

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We had first seen the Cirque du Soleil at Battersea Power Station in London absolutely eons ago; we think it was probably Alegria but can’t be sure, as it was that far in the past! What we do remember however was the sheer size of the production and also the incredible and unbelievable talent of the performers involved. It was a breathtaking organisation and the thought of working with them was just incredible.

Crew Catering for Cirque du Soleil

 We knew it would certainly be our most challenging project to date and that their current caterer, Eat to the Beat’ were almost certainly one of the most established tour catering companies in the industry. We were determined to give it our best shot and grab the opportunity with both hands, even if the tour was only were going to be feeding their production team and artists for a quick three-week experience, AND grab it by hands we certainly did! The initial very short tour went so well that it turned into a long-term contract and Red Radish are still on the road with Cirque du Soleil some eighteen months later!

Two simultaneous tours, eight European arenas and still counting……

Red Radish win the prestigious Mama & Co Crew and Artist Catering Contract

Early 2014 saw an enquiry from the prestigious festival organiser Mama and Co who were looking at the possibility moving their current crew and artist catering away from established tour caterer Eatopia. Mama are one of the biggest names in the business with years of event industry experience and a host of big name festivals under their belt it was an exciting email to say the least. Our initial discussions focused on Wilderness, Lovebox, Global Gathering and a brand new and exciting Devon festival called Somersault.

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At the time of the enquiry Red Radish were living the dream providing the crew and production food for the world famous Cirque du Soleil at London’s Royal Albert Hall. After initial emails and costs, a tasting was arranged at this iconic venue. The production team from Mama had initially suggested that they wanted to try us out on one or two of their gigs first and that they would be nervous giving us all four festivals at once, but our food and our approach must have been spot on because a month or so later Red Radish were confirmed on all four festivals, including Somersault and Lovebox which ran at the same time. How’s that for confidence!

If your looking for a quick and competitive quote then give us a call on +44 7532 427033

Tour catering in Scotland at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow

The SSE Hydro is almost definitely one of Scotland’s most iconic arenas and it’s location in Glasgow on the site of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre made it a firm favourite on our 2014 schedule. The arena was officially opened by a Rod Stewart concert in 2013 with a capacity of 13,000, and has been home to prestigious events such as the MTV awards and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and we were chuffed to be working there for a week on a recent tour.

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Over the last 18 months we have been lucky enough to provide tour artist and production catering across 25 countries and about 75 cities including Arenas in Amneville, Nice, Nantes, Athens Olympic Stadium, Rome, Turin, Milan, Geneva, Basel, Barcelona, Lisbon, Minsk, Herning, Wroclaw, Malmo, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, Dublin 02, London 02 and Royal Albert Hall, Manchester, San Sebastian, Santiago, Grenada, Las Palma, Bilbao, Palma, Graz, Vienna, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Mannheim, Malaga, Zaragoza, Seville, La Coruna, Brussels, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Toulon, Montpellier, Lyon, Rouen, Berlin, Numburg, Hanover, Berlin 02, Hamburg, Luxembourg, Thessaloniki, Zurich, Rome, Bologna, Florence, Pesaro, Paris, Lille, Tenerife. The list continues to grow on a weekly basis but we will remember our time up at the SSE Hydro for a long time to come and cant wait to get back to Scotland soon.

Tour Catering in nearly every European Arena

One thing about winning a fantastic tour crew and artist catering contract like Cirque du Soleil is that it has certainly given us the opportunity to cater in a vast number of arenas and stadiums right across Europe in a very short space of time. Two simultaneous tours also meant that we have to be mega-organised with our tour planning as we often found ourselves loading our catering equipment into stadiums like the Minsk Arena in Belarus whilst also setting up a virtual field kitchen the same day nearly 4000 kilometers away in say, the Jose Maria Martin Carpena in Malaga, Spain. It has been great fun moving every week and catering in iconic stadiums like England’s 02 and the Royal Albert Hall must surely be every tour catering companies’ dream!

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