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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.

Lovebox Crew Food

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!

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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!

Tour Catering Europe