When faced with the choice of either a well established restaurant or one of the food vendors inside the festival arena then you’d be forgiven for thinking that the restaurants would win hands down, every time! They really don’t! We were surprised by the quality of food on offer INSIDE the festival arena, that is inside the area with all the stages and DJ tents (don’t be fooled into thinking the dodgy BBQ vendors just outside the arena will be any good – anybody ever seen the food safety advertisement with the raw BBQ’d sausage, well that’s what I was dished up by those very vendors, urrrghh).
That’s not to say inside the arena is perfect for getting your daily feed, again some of them are a bit dodgy, however during the 2009 festival the line of tents between the Jack Daniels promo van and the main stage were simply divine, ok so you wouldn’t want to eat at any of them on a regular basis outside of the festival, but in comparison to the other grub they won on consistency and size (a full pizza, not a scrappy little slice that’s been sat on the side for a day and a half). There was also a lovely little hog roast place right at the very back of where the crowd stood for the main stage – the guys on here were also handing out free teasers to the queuing punters. Alas Benicassim 2009 is done and dusted, no doubt many of the same vendors will be back for 2010, but who’s to say where they’ll be pitched up!? For this reason we’re not going to delve into any more detail here, but feel free to add your thoughts on the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to food in the festival arena. Alternatively you could read our guide to Benicassim restaurants.