Ladies and Gentlemen, Gaia Ma's first festival is in the books! Damn, does it feel good to have served up our food in the woods. Although the task of arriving at the festival was off to a rocky start with some permitting obstacles, we found angels at the Squamish Health department who made our dreams come true and at 5 pm on Friday we were RACING to get our act together to get to The Revival Festival first thing Saturday morning.
Locked and loaded at 6 am we drove the very wet but still beautiful Sea-to-Sky highway. Deep Cove-to-Whistler took two hours, where we attained a rather large generator and loaded it into our support car: Devalina's trusty 4runner called Latoya. This is not Latoya's first rodeo, she's taken us to countless festival's and has a few Burning Man trips under her belt, she handled the weight of the generator like a champ!
Whistler-to-Squamish: We hit the farmers market and picked up a bucket full of fresh organic greens from our new friend Kerry from Laughing Crow Organics, a Pemberton farm that we are stoked to be getting goodies from for a few of our events in the region! Farm-to-Festival - hip hip hooray! Despite the rain, the Squamish market was packed with booths full of good looking veggies, we grabbed some fresh baked croissants for our trusty volunteers and got hit the road.
Headed into the woods in search of The Revival Festival. We rolled up to a very nice farm with happy cows and chickens, the property scattered with campers just realizing that they had two more days in the woods; more music and partying! Right as we arrived in camp a familiar green Astro van parked next to the cows slides open the side door and our freaking awesome friends Matt and Corrine sit up in bed, open their arms and give us big morning hugs!! Matt is our Life Advisor and has helped us make our Mamaji dreams come true, and Corrine is the grooviest soul and Vancouver's best bud-tender - she made our purple aprons!
We were so eager to get set up we planted ourself right in the middle of camp and pumped some tunes while we unloaded. We attracted a few pretty faces and made friends with the band Barefoot Mountain who was up first on the Saturday stage line-up. Of course we had to follow the music, so we made our way over to the stage and set up while the boys of Barefoot Mountain rocked out.
The day turned out better than we could have asked, we had SO many epic customers who really appreciated our food! We got to feed the people delicious fresh salads, collard wraps and smoothies, and we loaded them with our delicious sauces which everyone loves (its hard not to). We had our trusty Ms. Maxwell greeting customers, holding down the cash and taking notes for us on what we could improve or what was missing on the truck! So grateful to have her.
In the evening we made Kitchari - an Ayurvedic rice and mung bean dish that is made with all the loveeee! Topped with some greens and a bunch of nutritional yeast and you have yourself the most nourishing, filling and grounding dinner. The boys from the Peace Love and Ice Cream food truck rolled up at 1 am and we served them the last bowls of Kitchari before we unplugged our generator and rolled out! WHAT A DAY. 21 hours of kitchen life and I wouldn't have it any other way.