Food and music go hand in hand at WOMAD, and nowhere more so than at the delectable Taste The World stage where artists from all over the world come to share their favourite recipes and stories in a wonderful, totally unique musical and culinary fusion.
This year we have some incredible artists hot-footing it from the main stages to the green and pleasant surroundings of the arboretum; from Madagascar, Norway, Ukraine, Ghana, Canada and Turkey to Scotland, India, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Finland and Guinea Conakry, the Taste the World kitchen will be a truly global celebration. Musicians from all over the world will be donning their aprons and swapping their instruments for wooden spoons, whisks and woks to bring WOMAD audiences a taste of their homelands with their favourite recipes.
The mouthwatering selection for this year’s line-up is getting tastebuds tingling already; from ‘Manti’ – gorgeous Turkish dumplings with caramalised tomato sauce and garlicky yoghurt – cooked by the psychedelia band BaBa ZuLa to Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s Balkan delights ‘Pierogi’, and Rura’s Scottish ‘Cullen Skink’, a smoked haddock, leek, onion and potato soup that conjures up images of misty lochs and picturesque fishing villages. They might even throw in some neeps and tatties….
Afro-soul Queen JoJo Abotis turning up the heat with her tongue-tingling dish ‘Red Red’, with fried plantain, black-eyed beans and a host of spices that will transport audiences to the heart of West Africa, whilst Anandi Bhatacharrayawill be bringing the sumptuous flavours of India to the Taste the World stage with a traditional Bengali Curry ‘Chicken Rezala’ and self-proclaimed ‘ethnic chaos’ quartet Dhakabrakhawill whip up a Ukrainian ‘Borscht’ soup; beetroot based , intense in colour and flavour with a range of creamy toppings.
Whipping up delicious treats at Taste the World isn’t just for adults though; WOMAD will be running daily cookery workshops for kids too. Every morning younger festival-goers will get the chance to learn how to make totally tasty tapas, irresistible vegan-style sweet tasting ‘kicker balls’, smoothies and ‘nori’ vegetable rolls with luscious dipping sauce.
And if that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, there’s a plethora of delicious food traders across the festival site from mouth-watering Indian snacks served fresh at the Dosa Delito Himalayan goodies from Tibetan Kitchento Spanish treats at La Paellaria, visitors can truly eat their way around the world at WOMAD.