Wellbeing 05/08/2017

A Hangover Smoothie for our Cooperative Festival

This is a hugely refreshing hangover smoothie. Cooling honeydew melon, sweet basil and zingy apple juice. And of course lots of ice.

Fantastic bands, weird and wonderful kids crafts, sports and activities, pop up drinks stands, a cracking hangover smoothie and lots of glitter. These were some of the things on offer this weekend gone at a little festival we organised in Sussex called DIYestival. We ran this as a cooperative affair with a group of friends, meaning everyone brought something to the festival, whether it was music, yoga, kids football, crafts or food and drink. Many said this was their all time favourite festival, so we’re already being asked for next year’s date!

At this beautifully handmade oak bar, festival goers were offered all sorts of great drinks like sangria, prosecco, craft beer and, of course, smoothies!

This is “The Bar”. It was hand built for the event by our tree surgeon friend, Stephen Duance, who runs South Coast Tree Care. This gave a fantastic central place for laughs, hugs and of course the fantastic drink pop ups.

Ticket prices for the 160 festival goers were kept low, just to cover costs. Any profits are donated to the Lymphoma Association.

DIYestival took place on a beautiful farm near Ashurst in Sussex. Kids had lots to do and explore independently in a safe environment. Meaning adults had fun and relaxed, knowing their kids were never far away.

Children enjoying independence and freedom at our family festival. They ran relatively free within the festival arena and chose if they wanted to take part in activities like wand making, dream catcher making, football, talent show, drawing, sock animal making, shrinkies, and much more.

The kids loved their freedom in the festival arena. There were climbing frames, a bouncy castle, a craft tent and lots of activities to keep them busy. Being a cooperative festival, festival goers took turns running activities like football games, dream catcher making, a talent show and more.

Glittery face paint, neon face decorations and more offered at DIYestival's glitter bar!

The glitter bar and face paint pop up tent was a huge success among kids and adults.

Five brilliant bands and a row of DJs entertained us; Fluff Muffler‘s punk pop mashup, Honeytree‘s garage rock, The Rude Mechanicals‘ intriguing folk, Paul & Joe‘s fantastic father and son duo, and, newly formed for the event, The Dadness, with their energetic covers.

The Dadness, playing for the first time at DIYestival in Sussex. July 2017. Band made up of Malcolm Ward, Andy Costello and Rupert Webb. They had some guest singers too.

The Dadness was formed for DIYestival. They had such fun that the band will stay together! Malcolm Ward, Andy Costello and Rupert Webb, plus guest singers.

To combat potential over indulgence, I ran a smoothie stand with refreshing smoothies day and night, with an optional shot of rum. A big thanks to Juicy Retreats for providing their brilliant JR Quantum Touch blender for the event.

Hangover smoothie made easy with the JR Touch 3 Quantum blender by Juicy Retreats (https://www.juicyretreats.com/jr-ultra-touch-3-commercial-blender)

I had such a good time running the smoothie pop up at DIYestival! Many thanks to Juicy Retreats for supplying their fabulous JR Touch 3 Quantum blender. This made quick and silky smoothies an absolute breeze! I also made some snacking hummus in between jugs of smoothies.

Four smoothie recipes on offer:

For any of the recipes above, just pop them into the blender with ice and run until smooth.

Green Dream, a.k.a. the hangover smoothie
  • 2 bananas
  • 2cm ginger
  • a handful of grapes
  • juice and rind of 1 lime
  • a large handful of spinach
  • around 300ml coconut milk or almond milk to taste
This drink is both a hangover smoothie and a delicious breakfast smoothie. Packed with spinach, banana and grapes, while being balanced with lime, ginger and coconut milk.

This Green Dream is a fantastically nutritious AND delicious hangover smoothie. It’s actually great for any time you’re not feeling your best. I wasn’t sure how a green smoothie would go down with the festival crowd, but it was one of the most popular recipes.

Key Lime Pie
  • 250ml / 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 banana (ideally frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon key lime juice
  • zest of one key lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon crushed graham crackers or similar as a topping (optional)

This great recipe is from Daily Burn.

Melon & Basil
  • 1/3 honeydew melon
  • small handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 300ml apple juice
A welcomed hangover smoothie, with honeydew melon, fresh basil, apple juice and ice.

Refreshing honeydew melon, fresh basil and apple juice smoothie. Perfect when the sun finally came out on Sunday morning! The evening before, it was nicely spiced up with a shot of rum.

Basil or mint gives this honeydew and apple juice smoothie a delicate flavour.

Make sure you use honeydew melon (not gala), as it needs the sweetness. Add either basil or mint for a subtle and interesting flavour and serve over ice.

Berry Blast
  • 1 banana
  • large handful strawberries
  • 300ml coconut milk
Hangover smoothie going down fast! The kids got a look-in with the banana strawberry version.

Two smoothies going down fast! The kids loved the strawberry, banana and coconut milk smoothie. The adults, after a night of partying, really appreciated the revitalising green hangover smoothie!

A hangover smoothie that really works! This Green Dream is also great if you're tired, ill or otherwise a bit rough around the edges: Banana, spinach, ginger, grapes, lime juice, coconut milk.

Many reported this hangover smoothie sorted them out big time! Try this Green Dream smoothie for yourself if you’re tired, ill or otherwise a bit rough around the edges: Banana, spinach, ginger, grapes, lime juice, coconut milk.

Lime smoothie: Banana, lime, honey, vanilla and coconut milk.

Early morning wake-up smoothie! Enjoying the Key Lime Pie smoothie. Banana, lime, honey, vanilla and coconut milk. Add a good amount of ice! This was also a great afternoon/evening festival cocktail with an added shot of rum.

The strawberry and banana smoothie with coconut milk was a hit with the kids!

The kids enjoying the banana, strawberry and coconut smoothie. Yoga session in progress in the background.

Air guitar competition at DIYestival in Sussex, UK.

This is how even the adults felt after a revitalising smoothie! Air guitar comp in full swing!

A Pop Up Cooperative Festival for All to Get Involved
Many kids practiced for weeks ahead of the DIYestival Talent Show.

The kids talent show got the kids involved in the festival’s communal feel. We were treated to singing, dancing, drumming and much more. This is the organiser and judge panelist!

Craft beer and sangria followed happily the morning after with a hangover smoothie!

The theme of the DIYestival was glitter, and the rotating glittery staff at the bar certainly served up some treats! Craft beer, sangria, mojitos, Pimms and more. Happily sitting alongside my smoothies 🙂 The strict no glass rule worked brilliantly, with everyone bringing their tankards and other drink vessels.

An old green army tent makes the perfect event tent with added giant paper pompoms, Chinese lanterns and fairy lights.

Big thanks to the Cubs in Shoreham by Sea for lending us the festival tent. It looked so fun and welcoming with cheery decorations, and gave us shelter from the two day downpour. No moods were dampened by the weather though! The tent team had a great time putting it up and dismantling!

The Bar, built by Stephen Duance of South Coast Tree Care (https://www.southcoasttreecare.co.uk/).

We had two central spots for the festival; the main tent and this stunning, hand built bar.

DIYestival wrist band. What activity pop up will you bring?

What will you bring to the festival? Photo by artist Charlie Lee. Check out her inspiring Instagram.

If you like the sound of a hangover smoothie and more, why not also try my bedtime smoothie recipe or this heart and brain powering green juice.

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