We're still floating on a cloud after the Luminosity Gathering. This was the first multi-day event for the Gaia Ma food truck and it couldn't have been a more ideal event for us. It felt like home.
We arrived Wednesday to the crew (Hoodie and the master wood workers building the stage - epic epicness!) and all the rest of the homies doing sound and lights, the Simmer folks setting up the meal plan kitchen etc etc. The important stuff that we often forget about when we attend festivals as regular festival goers: there have been people setting this shit up for a week! We traveled from Vancouver with only one bump in the road (a large sized generator that suddenly was not the right generator...) Angels at work though and we got ourselves a sexy new 7000 watt inverted generator like it ain't no thang. While Mamaji made its way to Boston Bar, with Devalina and Wylie, I was busy whipping around the Fraser Valley to find our produce!
At Two EE's farm in Surrey (careful there are TWO Two EE's in Surrey) I picked up a truck load literally filling my Delica to the brim with kale and cucumber and zucchini and carrots and cabbage. Felt great to get the new car in full use! It was a beautiful sunny day, the chickens were running wild on the farm and the neighbours had beautiful horses. I loveeee farm country. Next stop - Colin Regehr farm in Abbotsford for the world most delicious organic raspberries. Colin was there to greet me and personally retrieve the three flats of raspberries from across the field where his workers were picking and packing them. The whole farm smelt like raspberry pie...
At Luminosity, unpacked a billion vegetables and food prepping zucchini's, endless zucchini's. We set up our squish zone and were blessed with an epic neighbour Samantha who is a body worker, just fresh from learning the ways of healing in Bali. We shared a squish zone that became the dinning room and she helped keep us working hard with 8 minute breaks of light therapy, and we fed her kitchari.<3 Samantha will be set up near us at Blessed Coast, family vibes yo!
Friday was a slow and easy day, Saturday the I Love Chickpea Truck rolled in and served dank hummus which we thoroughly enjoyed. The amazing line up that was curated by Mokiie and Jeremy kept us running from the kitchen to the dance floor... Haven, Goopsteppa, Matsya, ATyYa, Subscura, Sorrow, Hakuu, RiiiVer.... to name a FEW. We boogied hard (Chloe with the cane to keep her sprained ankle in check!) and we appreciated Monday morning so sooo much when our good friend Noetik got to have a short set before the sound guys had to finally pack it in. Noah came all the way from Cali and the man has got epic jungly bass vibes that I highly recommend you find him on soundcloud - NOETIK.
Noah and his lovely kitten Sophie also invented the weekend special on the Gaia Ma truck. Our Kitchari pancakes served with our Pad Thai Salad ontop, topped with pesto and wild harvested morels. We call it the Wantanara which translates to "in community." This is fitting for the weekend and for our lives really, because as we go more and more into the depth of being business owners and essentially running a restaurant on wheels, we realize that it takes a TRIBE to make magic happen. We are so grateful for the support of our friends and family, every day, who encourage us and support us to feed the people. We are grateful for the organic farmers that work the land and love the earth so deeply that they can harvest vegetables for us to serve and eat. We are grateful for Paul, the homie who harvested the Morels and then offered them to us for a trade. We need more Paul! If you know Paul please tell him we need more Morels for Blessed Coast!!
Monday was hilarious, all the regulars were back for more and everyone was hungryyyy so we made kitchari pancakes, Wantanara's and many many lasagna's until about 6 pm when we had to shut down and get back to Vancouver! Thanks Joshua, the Salty man who got my Delica home and did our dishes for a Wantanara! What a journey. There are so many more highlights....a giant dream catcher being mounted to the back of our truck by Tanis of Luna Love art ... and the most dank elixir bar with literally the greatest chocolate we've ever tried -- Cacao Consciousness thank you so muchhhhhh I think I ate at least two bars a day... anyways ... some pictures to tell you the rest of the story below.
Thank you thank you thank you to all the hungry homies, artists, musicians, farmers, to the lovely family that owns Sandy Pines Campground and to the straight up weirdo's for being YOU. This was the best kick off to our festival season and we are stoked to be back at Luminosity next year. <3 West coast bass family LUV.
Next stop - Pemberton Music Festival (YIKES)... find us on the main vendor row, we will still be purple and gold and bumping our bass music with a stacked kitchen staff and many superfoods to fuel and nourish you. Blessed Coast on the horizon, the Squamish Valley dream.