Food stores

These nine festivals will have Co-op Food stores this summer

The co-op has confirmed which festivals will feature one of its huge pop-up food stores this summer.

The on-site co-ops have become a favorite with festival-goers since they first appeared in 2018. The stores stock a huge range of food, drink and festival essentials, much larger than what was previously available at the campsites, and usually for a much more affordable price – and we normally find a huge selection of meal deals too!

TheFestivals now has the official list of festivals they will be attending this summer:

  • To download
  • isle of wight
  • Glastonbury
  • Latitude
  • Kendal’s Call
  • Belladrum
  • Northern Cream Fields
  • Leeds
  • Reading

A Coop spokesperson told us: “We are delighted to be back in the fields for a full season of festivals!

We’ve also had confirmation that stores will and will not sell alcohol alongside their range of food and essentials – and the good news is that’s most of them. Although we have no information on this year’s prices, we do know that at Download Festival 2018 the Co-op booze price was well below festival bars at around £7 for a bottle of 70cl of Rosé (of course, at the Download you weren’t supposed to take it from the campsites to the arena!)

However, contractual obligations determine at which festivals they can sell alcohol, and like in 2019the co-op will not be selling alcohol at Glastonbury, Creamfields North or Belladrum – although a wide range of soft drinks, mixers and ice cream will still be available at these events.

The co-op will sell alcohol at all the other festivals listed above, i.e. Download, Isle of Wight, Latitude, Kendal Calling, Leeds and Reading.

Inside Glastonbury Co-op

Cooperative stores first appeared at festivals in 2018, when their (massive) 6,000 square foot pop-up stores arrived at campsites in Download, Latitude, Leeds and Reading. For the first time, a wide range of food, water, beer, wine, toiletries, medicine and other basic necessities were available on site. This allows participants to travel lighter, to facilitate the use of public transport or at least to reduce the number of round trips from the parking lot and not to be afraid of forgetting their sunscreen or their cereal bars. !

In 2018, the co-op brought some of the UK’s first reverse plastic vending machines to festivals last summer, allowing fans to claim a refund credit for each plastic bottle returned for recycling. They said customers often party in the aisles at 2 a.m. with the store’s DJ.

In March 2019 it was revealed that the Co-op would be coming to Glastonbury that summer. The huge store was located on the edge of the Oxylers campsite, near the Other Stage, was open from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m., and was constantly replenished throughout the festival.

The co-op said its partnership with the Glastonbury Festival was ‘based on a shared philosophy of co-operation, community support, ethical values ​​and campaigning to bring about meaningful change’ and also pledged to open a permanent village store near Pilton.

At the time, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis said: ‘When I was a little boy there were three shops in this village. My earliest memories of going to the store were buying penny packs of sorbet! Since then, one by one, the stores have closed and for several years we have had no stores at all.

“But now, fortunately, we have managed to persuade the people of the cooperative to make a pledge and commit to trying to provide our wonderful village with a model village store. We are SO lucky and my enthusiasm is shared throughout the village!

Just over a year later, in July 2020, the Somerset County Gazette reported Michael Eavis had opened Pilton’s new permanent Co-op store, which runs entirely on renewable energy. He said, “It’s so great to have these two most important parts of village life back.

“Thank you so much to everyone who pulled out all the stops to make this happen in the middle of this wonderful village of ours.”

“We managed to resurrect the post office in the building and, thanks to the Coop, it will remain there for the good of the village for years to come.

Pilton had been without a post office since 2011 until the new Co-op store opened following the Glastonbury Festival partnership.

In February 2021, Farm-Wise Reserve Cheddar, made from milk from the dairy herd that lives at the Glastonbury site, was launched. It remains exclusively available at Co-op stores and purchasing it is one way to win tickets to Glastonbury 2022.

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Coop / LesFestivals
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