Monday, August 14, 2006

Rock and ham roll ...

WI to sell rock cakes at pop festivals
By Stephanie Condron
(Filed: 14/08/2006)

The idea of a Women's Institute tea tent at a pop festival might once have been laughable. But now WI groups across the country have their sights set on events including Glastonbury where they might forge links with younger generations by serving tea and cake.
One WI group has been baking since June in preparation for next month's Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight. Another group in Yorkshire hopes to attend the Glastonbury music festival in Somerset next June and moves are afoot for a tea tent at the 2007 Big Chill event near Ledbury in Herefordshire.
The WI's tent at Bestival has proved so popular since its debut in 2004 that this year it has been promoted to a prime plot outside the bandstand where groups including Scissor Sisters and The Stranglers will perform. And the traditional white tea tent has been replaced with a giant teepee.
"Other events are now beginning to talk with various Women's Institute groups to have tea tents," said Kate Jackman, a Bestival organiser.
"Festivals are not just about music and getting out of it. We have settled down. We want tea and cake."
Daily Telegraph


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