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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.

Secret Garden Party 2015

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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Crew Catering Lovebox

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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……

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