Food Glorious Festival Food

Food Glorious Festival Camping Food

Food Glorious Festival Camping Food

Festival food has come a long long way in recent years  and you will find many stalls selling healthy and delicious food for you to enjoy, but don’t rely on it for the whole of the festival. Be a little self sufficient and it will pay dividends. Check out the bullet points below for an easy summary of preparing yourself for the best festival camping eating experience:

At three or four day festivals, camping and buying food for every meal can get expensive, repetitive, dull and unhealthy.

Cooking at a campsite is so easy, its fun and can bring a bit of variety to your daily diet. It will save you money and give you a chance to stock up on your much needed Five a Day (link).

The outlay for a couple of pans and a camping stove will more than pay for itself, particularly if you share the cost between a group of friends.

Fruit is a Great Festival FoodA quick visit to your local green grocers on the way to scoop up some apples, oranges and bananas will turn you into a local hero by day two when you all get tired of chocolate and pizza and need something natural. Eating healthy will also keep your own health up and your resistance to bugs.

Gathering around the stove for one meal a day will bring your group together, physically and who knows may even give you cause to break out the frisbee or the football for a knock about.

Keep any cooking to an absolute basic level, leave the fine dining cookbooks at home. Think about these options:

  • Boil up a large pan of pasta, stir in a jar or two of pesto sauce, maybe throw in some cherry tomatoes and EAT – perfect.
  • How about a bean chilli, can of chopped tomatoes, can of kidney beans, sachet of chilli or spice mix (and an onion if you can be bothered) with some rice.
  • Cook spaghetti for about 10 minutes or so then add a jar of pasta sauce and some dried parmesan.
  • For the more adventurous why not try patatas bravas … potato chunks with spicy tomato sauce.
  • Packets of quick noodles (or rice) cooked with some fresh or canned vegetables, cashew nuts and a sachet of stir fry sauce.
  • Tuna pasta is easy, tasty and healthy – boil a pan of pasta, add a can of tuna and a jar of sauce (or can of chopped tomatoes).
  • It doesn’t get much easier than soup for a tasty nutritious lunch. If you have the carrying capacity take some cans of soup for the best experience, or if you are struggling for space throw in some quality packets of cup-a-soups. Don’t forget to take some rolls to make this more filling, and of course they will keep and even work with soup when they are a little stale.
  • Cereal has to be the easiest breakfast or even snack for any time of day. Of course fresh milk can be a problem so take some to get you started, keep it cool and when you run out you will most probably find it sold at the festival – it is quite common to get a shop with the basics available on site.
  • Don’t forget the old favourite dried noodle meals for a quick and easy snack, but try not to be tempted to live off these.

The list could go on of course, but hopefully there are a few ideas here to get you started.

Be warned, that with campsite cooking comes campsite washing up. It doesn’t have to be extensive but don’t forget to take some washing up liquid, a scouring pad and a tea towel or two.

My personal favourite is breakfast – camping and breakfast, whether its traditional bacon and egg rolls or a pan of porridge for everyone to dig into and drizzle with honey, this has to be the best way to the start of any festival camping day.

Don’t over do the supplies. If you are camping at the festival for more than two days be aware that even in a cool bag with ice packs the third day is likely to be a ‘no no’ for fresh food that has been hanging around. You don’t want to jeopardise your health by eating dodgy food. Plan your menu, its easy – day one have fresh food, day two perhaps the fresh food is still good or start thinking about using your dried pasta and jars of sauce which you have been keeping in a cool bag and out of the sun somewhere.  If you are really limited for space think carefully about where you store your food. In an idea world you would have the latest hi tech camping equipment, but in reality many festival campers only camp for the festival season maybe one or two times a year so the investment in high quality gear isn’t realistic. Also remember you will often have quite a hike from your car or bus to your pitch so carrying space is at a premium. And remember too that your pitch is likely to be very cramped so be economical with your space.

Have a Great Festival Season.

The Festival Camping Team

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