Ping the tastebuds, slake the thirst, there's something for every appetite at ALSO 18.
We work closely with the Ibiza based dining chefs James Knight and Rebecca Otero renowned for their incredible dining experiences and each year we build a beautiful dining space – artfully decorated to house our incredible food events. For 2018 we invite you to enjoy our homage to the Great British motorway breakfast ‘Little Jeff’. Or book on to one of our daily rose tinted afternoon teas – our Sunday lunch paella with live flamenco up at the lake, our Sunday Isle of Noises Brit-Roast, our Friday Night Summer Heights Dinner or our Isle of Noises Banquet Spectacular on the Saturday Night.
For 2018 we have put together clever pleasures – our programme of masterclasses designed to take your love of food and booze a little bit deeper. Book on Susan Schwartz’s time travel cocktail masterclass, or our rum cocktail workshop. We have an intro to whisky with Rachel MacCormack, a chance to get to grips with Cornish wines with vintner Dan Abbots, plus fascinating sessions on how to match beer with cheese and fine wine with cake.
If you stroll along the banks of Compton Pools you’ll reach the area known affectionately as ‘Costa del ALSO’ – an area dedicated to the most beautiful vista that can be found at the festival. It’s designed for you to take a bit of 'you time' and we have there for your delectation a Rum Shack, ‘Getaria’ - a restaurant built especially for the festival complete with parasol roof, a coffee area, and our floating stage – with its own programme of music and bands. Do not miss.
Pre-book your tea time scones and jam pick me up and actually pick it up from the Info Tent 3 - 5pm and enjoy in the Orangery or down by the lake and start your weekend as you mean to go on.Info & Tickets
To help set you up for the weekend we are proud to be hosting our favourite local Cotswold’s suppliers to bring their frankly gorgeous wares to ALSO – making it almost a Feastival Friday. Make sure you head out to our lakeside village green to experience our Friday Food Festival pop up designed for our guests to stock up on local, fresh produce for the weekend and get some local luxuries too.
Star of BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, Rachel MacCormack will be leading us on a tasting tour of the foods around the Northern Coast of Spain.Info & Tickets
Join Wild Fermentary Workshops to experience the magic of fermentation. Discover how simple ingredients can be transformed into delicious, health-boosting pickles with this ancient method of food preservation.Info & Tickets
Our Midsummer’s Night's Dinner is now in its legendary 5th year and is an unmissable chance to get the gang together to kick off your weekend in style, with a three-course seasonal dinner designed to celebrate the British Summertime.Info & Tickets
As the author of over five of the official companion books to Downton Abbey, and the wildly successful novel The Mitford Murders, few authors have explored the social history of the first half of the 20th Century more than Jessica Fellowes. To help us understand how dramatically the world has changed, we will explore the different eras through the cocktails that defined them.Info & Tickets Info & Booking
As we begin to drink ‘less but better’ we wanted to take an intelligent look at the things we drink for pleasure. BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet broadcaster and author of Chasing The Dram: Finding the Spirit of Whisky, Rachel McCormack will introduce us to the magical, fascinating, much-misunderstood world of whisky.
BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet broadcaster and author of Chasing The Dram: Finding the Spirit of Whisky, Rachel McCormack will be at Also Festival to introduce us to whisky and you'll get the chance to taste your way around the highlands and islands in five different whiskys and develop your love of the spirit.Info & Tickets
In homage to the Dr Michael Brooks revolutionary science book The Quantum Astrologers Handbook, we explore the relationship between astrology and physics in Far Out: Friday night's Astrological Dining Experience. Meet for a welcome cocktail in the bookshop at 10:30pm.Info & Tickets
For both Saturday and Sunday morning Little Geoff our breakfast canteen will be open from 8am so crawl out of your tent and roll up at our no bookings ‘Little Geoff’ breakfast canteen to refuel with something from our classic breakfast menu. Little Geoff offers a cooked breakfast for both veggies and meat lovers, a Continental breakfast and avocado on toast, smoothies, juices and Bloody Marys.
Oh, to be at Also Festival in the summertime! Our much-loved afternoon tea is a chance to come together to celebrate the Great British summertime through scones, cakes, and sandwiches with our traditional cream tea.Info & Tickets
This year, Susan L. Schwartz, host of Lush Life Podcast, the interview show dedicated to the people behind the bar, has returned to take you on another journey back in time to meet a few of the instant classics that are all the rage. Our theme this time is Rum! We’ll be exploring the origins of the Daiquiri - fresh and frozen, the Mai Tai and other rum cocktails that took the world by storm! We will be sampling a few select rums from around the world!Info & Tickets Info & Booking
Neuroscientist, Dr Catherine Loveday and Planet of the Grapes' Matt Harris ensure your cooking for friends and family is enhanced by your playlist as they explain how the taste of wine can be enhanced (or ruined) by the sound you hear at that time. Enjoy a selection of wines and music and understand how they can affect each other.Info & Tickets
Our favourite wine loving Cornishman, Dan Abbots (ex-wine buyer for Bibendum) will be at ALSO to take us on a tasting tour of the West Country wines and foods.Info & Tickets
The 'End of Empires' banquet on the Saturday night is always the crowning event of our food programming, offering an unmissable, unforgettable night for those who love immersive dining experiences.Info & Tickets
Don’t miss our Ibiza Beach Brunch. Our paella is cooked to order in our stunning pop-up restaurant Getaria, named after the Spanish home of our Head of Dining, Rebecca Otero.Info & Tickets
Want a 'proper' Sunday lunch? Well, join James Knights Chef's Table for his Brit Roast - a joint of meat roasted to perfection, seasonal veggies, roasties, Yorkshire puddings, homemade gravy, and pudding.Info & Tickets
To close the food element of the festival and for those who want to eek out their weekend a little bit more we will be convening a final island wines and cocktail club. Join us to take a tour of the greatest Island vintners in the world and taste their best wines and cocktails (including Seedlip cocktails for those who have to get back in the car/camper van), and hear the stories behind those holiday tastes.Info & Tickets