Download Festival 2024 food and drink - eating competitions, new bars and 'premium' booze

A festival goer carries some drinks on her head on day 2 of the Download PILOT festival at Donington Park on June 19, 2021 in Donington, England. Download Pilot is a 10,000 capacity festival part of a UK government test event to examine how Covid-19 transmission takes place in crowds. (Photo by Katja Ogrin/Getty Images)
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Download Festival organisers have raised their game this year on the food and drink front. New for the 2024 festival is The Welders Yard - a “brand new” food and drink area at the top of the main arena - and two new bars, the Gooseneck Inn biker bar and the Ace of Spades (Lemmy would be proud).

The Gooseneck Inn will offer a range of “premium” whiskies, rums, liqueurs and other spirits. Organisers say festivalgoers be able to take part in eating competitions and watch the Euros at the Ace of Spades bar, which will be located near the new Outpost Stage in District X.

The rock festival, which runs from Friday, June 14, to Sunday, June 16 in Castle Donington, will have more than 140 food traders this year. Download said this would include more than 30 different traders with gluten free options, more than 80 vegetarian options and 40 plus offering vegan fare.

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The usual festival favourites are promised to return Including Bunnymans Bunnychow, offering steak or vegan chilli in a bread bowl, King of the Yorkie, Big Mouth Gyoza and No Fricken Chicken.

Head to the Download festival website to see the full range of food traders

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