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Food Glorious Festival Camping Food

Food Glorious Festival 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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festival camping at Benecassim

Festival Camping at Benicassim

Benicassim Music Festival Camping – Every Reason Why You Should Go This Year

In 2009 I decided that I would like to go music festival camping with my sister. Her name is Alice, she is 3 years younger than me. I love spending time with her and I thought that sharing the experience of music festival camping would be a perfect way to do this as we both love music, camping and being outdoors.

I decided that we would not only go to a music festival but that we would travel abroad to do so. We were heading to Benicàssim. International Benicàssim Festival is situated on the east coast of Spain very close to Valencia. It begins on the second Monday of July with music typically beginning on the Thursday. It boasts crowds of up to 50,000 most of these being Brits and with past acts including Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, The Killers and Franz Ferdinand it’s easy to see how they sell the tickets.

Alice and I were looking forward to seeing Oasis, The Killers, White Lies and not to mention Kings of Leon. The line up was unbelievable. We set about planning our trip. We started to get all of our kit sorted out early so that there was less stress as the date for the festival drew closer. We decided that we would fly to Barcelona and stay there for a couple of nights. We enjoyed and some Tapas and long strolls around a city which neither of us had been to before. We loved it there.

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On the second morning we arrived at the main train station at 7:00am. We were to get on a train that would take us south along the east coast of Spain straight to the music festival. This Journey took 5 hours and it was hot. Finally we arrived and there and had to endure a hike to the festival ground and the festival camping site . We had arrived a day before the music was due to start and it looked like everyone else was already there. We managed to find a small spot to pitch our tent and I had to fight to get the pegs in the clay which was loaded with rocks. This was not ideal camping.

festival camping beer tower

The festival ground was not open until the next day so everyone was left to spend the night in the beer tents on the camp site. After a few beers Alice and I got creative. We started to build a tower from beer cans and pizza boxes. It may sound sad but believe me it was fun.

festival camping flat beer tower

The Tower shot up and pretty soon people were taking notice. The entire beer tent was captivated and wanting in on our mega structure. Sadly it all ended in tears as someone knocked the tower down. All was not lost as we made a few friends during all the fun and headed into town to explore.

Festival Camping Heaven on the beachThe first night was a blast and it was about to get a whole lot better. As the bands play between 5-8pm the whole day could be spent on the nearby beach. We met with some friends from back home in the UK and they introduced us to more people. We soon had a great group of people around us. We sat on the beach all day drinking a Cocktail devised by the Australian guy called Brendon. It was 1 part Gin, 1 part lemonade and 1 part blackcurrant cordial. We named it Heaven.

The Festival was awesome. We watched so many good bands and couldn’t wait for Kings of Leon to play. They were so eagerly anticipated by everyone. On the evening that they were to play the wind really started to pick up. So much so that eventually the main stage was closed. This wasn’t the end of the story as 50,000 unhappy music lovers were asked to leave the festival arena and the festival campsite as strong winds threatened to tear scaffold structures down on top of the tents. This left nowhere to go. Alice and I grabbed our stuff from our collapsed tent and searched for shelter. It was chaos. We tried to sleep by a brick wall out site the camp site but the wind kept changing directions and the temperature had dropped dramatically. I got Alice up and we walked the two miles into town. We came across a Bank with some ATMs inside, the door was open so we made our way in and slept there for the night. I awoke to a policeman standing over me. He looked down and the pressed his fingers to his lips. This was to say stay quiet so you don’t wake the others. Alice and I had been joined by a few other festival goers looking for refuge. The policeman then used the machine and left.

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now – spread the cost over the coming weeks.

We returned to our campsite that morning to find that it had been completelyfestival camping after the storm destroyed. I located what was left of our tent and tied it up again. It wasn’t great but it would do. The winds had passed but with them Kings of Leon had also gone. The band everyone was most looking forward to had not played. Thankfully Maximo Park stuck around and played that day along with lots of other great bands. Everyone was now bonded not by just the music but the fact that we all endured a powerful storm. The last day did not disappoint.

We both had the best time and now bruised, battered, dirty and dehydrated we were to return the way we had come,  back to Barcelona and then to London. I will always remember Benicàssim 2009 as one of the best Music Festivals I have ever been to.

Thanks Sis for making it so good.

By Russell (can’t wait for Glastonbury!!)

Benicassim Music festival
Benicassim Music festival

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Best Festival Tips – Staying Healthy

Festival Tips – Staying healthy and surviving festival camping

Festival season is a highlight of the summer, a chance to let your hair down, catch some great bands and dance the night away, but it is also important to remember to look after your health at festivals. I have been to many festivals over the years and I have a few things that I always like to have with me to make surviving festival camping a little bit easier – here are some of my top festival tips!

Festival Tips #1 – Antibacterial hand gel – I couldn’t be without this at a festival. The toilets are a breeding ground for germs and more often than not the supplied hand sanitizer at the toilets will have run out. Keep a bottle of hand gel in your bag or pocket to use whenever you need it and wash your hands whenever you can.

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Best Festival Tips - Stay Healthy

Festival Tips #2 – Water bottle – keep a bottle of water with you at all times. It is so important to make sure you drink plenty of water, fill up your bottle every time you see a drinking water tap. If you are drinking alcohol then  drink water as well as alcoholic drinks to prevent getting dehydrated.

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Best Festival Tips - Water bottle

Festival Tips #3 – If you are drinking Alcohol try to keep it to a minimum, you want to feel good and enjoy yourself at a festival, you don’t want to be suffering from a hangover the whole time. Remember the recommended limits for alcohol are 3-4 units a day for men and 2-3 units a day for women.

Festival Tips #4 – Try and eat healthily – this can be difficult at a festival when you are surrounded by fast food, all of which smells pretty good when you are hungry. Try and choose some healthier options, there is a huge variety of food at festivals so have a look round and see what takes your fancy, don’t just go for the nearest stall selling chips. It is a good idea to have some snacks with you in your bag to keep you going throughout the day, fruit and cereal bars are a good idea. Make sure you try and have a good breakfast too. If you have a stove then take some oats to make some porridge.

Festival Tips #5 – Toilet roll – You don’t want to be caught out, its best to keep some tissues with you in your bag.

Festival Tips #6 – Wet wipes – when showers are nowhere to be seen or the queues are miles long then wet wipes can be a God send to get rid of that mud and make you feel a little bit cleaner.

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Best Festival Tips - Wet Ones

Festival Tips #7 – Berocca –I like to take a tube of these for that vitamin boost when energy levels are low or to use if you wake up with a hangover. Read packet instructions before use.

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Festival Tips #8 – Sun cream – you will be outside most of the time and it is important to look after your skin. Apply sun cream regularly to prevent getting burnt. Wearing a wide brimmed hat is also a good idea to keep the sun off your head and protect your face and neck.

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Festival Tips #9 – Clothing – you never know what the English weather might bring at a festival, so be prepared for everything. Remember it will get cold at night, so wear layers to keep warm.  Don’t forget waterproofs, in this country it is bound to rain at least once! Make sure you change out of wet clothes into dry ones and don’t sleep in damp clothes.

Festival Tips #10 – First Aid kit – pack a little first aid kit in your bag with some plasters, antiseptic wipes and blister plasters. When you are on your feet all day your feet are likely to suffer and someone you are with might be very grateful if you can offer them a blister plaster to ease their painful feet! Keep cuts clean and use plasters to prevent an infection.

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It is important to remember to look after yourself as well as enjoy yourself but if you do fall ill then there will be medical staff at the festival who can help you. It is a good idea to make sure you know where the medical centre is as soon as you get there. I hurt my neck at a festival a couple of years ago and the St John’s Ambulance team were great at looking after me, so don’t be afraid to find them and ask for help. If you are worried about your health before attending a festival then speak to your doctor for advice.

Keep healthy and enjoy yourself!

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