Passion 4 Juice will be offering healthy catering, fresh pressed juices and smoothies at Rainbow Serpent Festival from the 20th January 2016 for the Australia Day Long Weekend. Serving refreshing, organic, locally sourced drinks that will save lives, keep people hydrated and keep them dancing longer. If you are coming to the festival be sure to download our 2 for 1 voucher so yu can shout your mate a free juice. You can download it here. http://www.passion4juice.com/site-files/voucher-for-website.jpg
Food and Beverages from Thailand, Lebanon, Japan, Italy, India and Israel to name a few, and including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and organic dishes, gourmet deserts, chai tea and real, good coffee, and organic juice and smoothies. There is something to feed the hungriest soul and tickle the fussiest taste buds.
Here is a little more about the festival.
Rainbow Serpent Festival has come a long way over the years. From a small gathering in a secluded clearing, to an internationally recongnised, multifaceted weekend of dance, colour, expression and celebration. People now travel from all over the world to Western Victoria to experience what some have said is the best outdoor festival of it’s type in the Southern Hemisphere.
For many of the 10,000 plus people that attend each year, Rainbow has become an institution, and annual reunion, a marker in the year that’s looked forward to for months in advance. For others it’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony. Perhaps the continued success of Rainbow can be accredited to the broad experiences and opportunities on offer.
No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual education, relaxation and healing. "While dancing their Dreamings, aborigines spiritually connect themselves to the land and to the Dreamtime. The drumming of feet during the dance draws the earth into dialogue with the dancers, allowing the ceremony to bring the power of the Dreaming to life." The name Rainbow Serpent is distinctly Australian, coming from the Dreamtime creation story told by the traditional owners of the land. Dreamtime stories often vary between aboriginal tribes, however the story of the Rainbow Serpent is special as it is one of the few common to all. The Rainbow Serpent is protector of the land, and the source of all life.
Music has always been a highlight of Rainbow. From the early trance days to the broader musical style of today, one thing Rainbow has never compromised on is the quality of it's acts. With world class décor, roving artistic performances, crazy activities you cant imagine a more exotic sensory mix spread over four days.
You can see more on the website https://www.rainbowserpent.net/
Are you feeling tired all the time? Did you overeat at Christmas? Going raw and eating nutrient dense, wholesome foods will help you feel more energised and ready for the year. Try some of these delicious recipes to help you feel energised, healthy and happy. Get in touch and let me know what you think.
Juices, smoothies and mocktails.
Give the booze a break and try some of these deliious recipes.
Apple Turnover a New Leaf
2 red apples
Thumb of ginger
½ a lemon
Serve over ice with a cinnamon dust
Or why not serve WARM?
Cherry Backwell Smoothie
A handful of overnight soaked almond
Handful frozen black cherries
A few frozen raspberries
A glug of coconut milk
Blend till smooth
Orange and Mango Mojito
4 mint leaves
¼ of a cucumber
Juice 3 oranges and 1 chunk of cucumber
Chop and blend 2 mangos (tinned pulp is ok too)
Blend together without the mint
And chop the mint and sprinkle on the top
Orange and Coconut Tart
Grind all the dry ingredients
Slowly blend the rest of ingredients, add the ground almonds and dry ingredients
Pour into the pasty tart
Decorate the tart with sectioned satsuma
Or decorate with delicious fruits and drizzle with honey
Raspberry and Almond Tart
Grind the almonds and add the coconut oil
Layer on top of pastry
Blend the raspberries with lemon juice, salt, honey and slowly add cranberry juice – make sure it’s not too runny.
Grind the oats in a Thermomix or high speed blender until turned to flour.
Grind the cashews
Then mix together, push the mix into a tart tray, then place in dehydrator for 105 degrees for 3 hours.
Ch ch ch ch cherry Bombs
Thaw and drain cherries and place on mesh screen in dehydrator at 105 for 30 minutes.
Whizz the walnuts and salt in food processor with the S blade until finely ground.
Add the dates and process until the mixture begins to stick together.
Add the vanilla, a few freeze dried raspberries, cacao and carob and process until the powder is mixed in.
Add the water and pulse a few times.
Roll a tablespoon of the dough into a ball. Press your finger into the centre to make a hole. Pop a cherry in the hole and close the hole forming a ball.
Roll in the coconut or freeze dried raspberries! YUM
You can easily mix this recipe up a bit by swapping the cherries for soaked almonds, soaked brazil nuts. But add more freeze dried raspberries.
Easy Raw Vegan Chocolate Sauce
Slowly blend and store in the fridge
Mix in a bowl with extra virgin olive oil, Himalayan rock salt, freshly ground pepper.
You could add:
satsuma and mange toot
sugar snap peas and tarragon
Carrot and Coconut salad
You can either use the dried mango finely chopped or use fresh mango thinly sliced.
Place carrots in the bowl. Pour the coconut milk over and fold in the coconut shavings and mango pieces.
Classic Nut Dressing
Place ingredients in the blender and whizz for 5 seconds
Simple Parsnip and Cauliflower fragrant Rice
Put all the parsnip and cauli in a bowl and slowly fold in the rest of the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
For the sauce:
This is an easy one!!!!!!!!!!! Blend together and place in the fridge for an hour or 3. Drizzle with lemon oil, and sprinkle fresh parsley then serve!
Creamy Avocado and Pine Nut with Zucchini Pasta
Smash avocados, lemon juice, a 2 tables spoons of olive oil with a folk and add finely chopped red onion, parsley, tomatoes and salt. Mix gently.
Spiralize the zucchini and add another sprinkle of salt with sunflower seeds and pine nuts. Dress with more olive oil and lemon juice.
Serve the avocado mix on top of the zucchini.
Raw Nut Roast Burgers with Cranberry Dressing
Soak the nuts overnight and then wiz in a blender with parsley, sage, rosemary, onions and garlic for 10 seconds, Do not blend until a paste, ground them.
Finely chop the walnuts
Blend the avocado and the nut mix together and the walnuts together with a good glug of walnut oil and the salt and ground pepper
Use a deep grease proof dish and parchment and press into. Cover with the parchment.
Soak the cranberries in the lime juice overnight then blend with walnut oil balsamic vinegar and mustard powder
(A Jamie Oliver recipe - inspired this dish)
For the marinade
Tenderise the meat; Rap in cling film and smash it until it starts to become quite thin.
Season the beef fillet really well. A seriously thin the sliced beef so it is almost transparent.
Put the thyme and rosemary in hot water for about 10 seconds to realise the oils and rub over the meat
Strip the leaves from the stalks and chop them up roughly. Sprinkle the thyme over the filleted sliced meat
Then place the beef in a bowl and add all the marinade ingredients
Place in fridge for an hour or so.
Serve with fresh rocket leaves a drizzle of lemon and fresh tarragon
This recipe is from the fantastic Raw Food Chef Russell James and here at Passion 4 Juice we felt you guys needed to know this one.
Hummus and Falafel:
For the tortilla
* Flax meal is flax seeds that have been ground in a coffee grinder or similar, to produce a fine flour.
For the falafel
For the hummus
Optional “roasted” Mediterranean vegetables
In 1998 Trish Tucker-May set up Passion 4 Juice as a way of overcoming the problem of finding something healthy to eat at festivals and events. As an expert in nutrition, Trish always found it frustrating and difficult to find food that she wanted to eat while enjoying her favourite festival.
Festivalgoers are becoming more discerning and with the rise of diverse street food, festivals need to offer a range of catering that meets the needs of those on special diets. I have noticed a shift in the type of experience people are seeking. As well as a great line-up, punters are also after adventure, education and thought provoking interactions, not just great live music. There are still plenty of people who don’t care what they eat, but people get to a certain age and their health means they can’t eat burgers and chips all weekend.
Festivals with interactive cookery theatres, plus chances to meet chefs and learn about healthy lifestyle choices are very popular. So how healthy is your festival? Are you reflecting the rich diversity and passion of nutritious healthy caterers? Are you meeting the demands of the vegans, vegetarians, raw foodies, celiacs, and those with allergies to dairy and grains? Are you catering for those on low salt, low sugar diets?
When I first started my mobile juice bars 17 years ago very few people knew about fresh pressed and cold pressed juices, raw foods, salad boxes and food made from scratch. I would have people come up and ask me what I was selling, look at me blankly and if brave, order an orange juice. Now I have middle aged men approach with great conviction and order a Detox Special with beetroot, celery, ginger, apples and carrots.
Caterers are often passionate about what they serve. In my case, I turned my passion for fresh pressed juice into a business where I can inspire people to be healthy. I am a trained nutritionist and employ staff equally as keen on health and nutrition. I also offer seminars and workshops within the festival as a way of educating people about nutrition, real food and energy – also as a way of offering more value to the event organiser.
There have seen some big changes over the last 15 years and now with McDonalds closing 500 restaurants and the massive rise in amazing street food, people are becoming more particular and having higher expectations about the quality of food at festivals. There has been a significant rise in the number of recognised food allergies and intolerances. The new Allergen Laws reflect the need for caterers to clearly label ingredients containing allergens.
But quality food is not cheap to produce. It is not about opening a packet and serving mass produced, highly processed food. Slow, organic, allergy friendly food takes more time to produce and often requires more human hours to prepare and serve. This is often overlooked by market managers who restrict the number of staff tickets for stall holders, making it harder to give the service and quality this type of food requires. With ever increasing rents or pitch fees that equate sometimes to 58% of turnover – quality real foodies will be forced out and replaced with traditional fast food burger vans.
We get thanked again and again for helping people with allergies, vegan eaters, and people like me who don’t want to settle for junk and highly processed food. But this approach needs to be sustainable and is not if rents continue to increase.
Festivals need to offer value for money and be profitable. It is a delicate balance for all involved. From the caterers perspective we need to offer value for money otherwise customers will be forced to eat cheaper unhealthy alternatives or leave the site in search of the nearest supermarket. Should those attending festivals have to pay inflated food prices because the festival is charging a high pitch fee? Are organisers prepared to recognise this and charge fair pitch fees? Events that offer a percentage of takings are sustainable and fair. Pitch fees that end up being over 50% of the turnover are not. I offer additional value to event organisers as a way of reducing pitch fees. A free Joe Juice show, a free demonstration in the cookery theatre, a Tai Chi workshop or thought provoking piece of theatre are all ways of offsetting pitch fees and creating value for the event. If event organisers are open to deals it is a great way of making sure the festival is memorable and good value for money.
Nutritious, healthy, raw, vegan and organic foods suit some festivals better than others. It helps when market managers can communicate honestly about the demographic of the festival. Going into a festival with an informed idea of the number of healthy caterers, the number of tickets sold and the demographic of the festival will help the caterers get the balance right. If this information is withheld or inaccurate, the caterer suffers. It is heart breaking when event organisers are misleading about this vital information. We had an event earlier this year that clearly misled all the caterers. We were told it was a family friendly event with lots of healthy sports people. This could not have been further from the truth; we counted eight families all weekend and teams of ‘sports people’ were solely interested in getting extremely drunk from first thing in the morning. All the caterers lost money. Being misleading about these vital facts is not a way to create lasting, healthy and sustainable relationships between caterers and festival organisers.
The festival industry in the UK is incredibly competitive, with over 570 festivals in 5 months. People are demanding more from their experience than a great line-up, they want a chance to learn, be inspired, and challenged. Passion 4 Juice offers an interesting combination of talents. Keeping people healthy and making them laugh, learn and think is part of the menu. Laughter Yoga, Tai chi, juicing workshops and thought provoking entertainment are part of the offering. We get incredible feedback like ‘I love having my eyes opened’ and ‘thank you, it has been far too long since I have been touched and made to think at a festival’.
Passion 4 Juice spends the summer months in the UK and Australia, keeping people healthy at festivals and events. We have been operating in the UK for 14 years and can be found on Passion 4 Juiceand Passion 4 Laughter. We also offer entertainment and workshops, keynote speaking and cookery theatre demonstrations.
Our menu/s is all homemade, fresh pressed, raw, organic Juices and smoothies, fresh fruit and vegetables served the way mother nature intended, salads, homemade dressings, energy shots, organic fair trade tea and coffee. All our products are made with love, care and attention to high energy and nutrition. Direct from mother natures kitchen and served with care and attention.
There are sugar free, vegan, raw, dairy free, grain free options on the menu and designed to cater for many special diets. The entire menu is hydrating, energising and dense in nutrients. We source our organic ingredients as local as possible. Whatever your budget, we can work with you to make your guests say WOW!
Our staff are experts in nutrition and will make sure your guests have everything they need.
Here is what Mother Natures Diet Retreat founder has to say about us …
I run 1-day health seminars and weekend health retreats for MotherNaturesDiet and I have the honour and pleasure of having Trish Tucker from Passion4Juice provide all our refreshments and lunch at all my events. Trish is AMAZING with a capital everything. The food and juices she prepares for my delegates are just incredible, wonderfully nutritious and delicious, and my guests love what she brings to the day…everyone raves about the food and having Trish as a part of my events adds massive value to my guests and to the whole event.
Trish is a wealth of knowledge, she is an absolute genius to work with, she is incredibly hard working, intelligent, professional and totally switched on, she seems to be able to read my mind and no matter where I randomly throw in an unexpected comfort break, with barely a moment’s notice Trish instantly has refreshments ready and my guests are never left wanting. With her 32-years of knowledge and experience, her boundless energy and ever-beaming smile, I couldn’t think of a better partner for catering to all my health events now and in the future.