Camping Crazy! Essential Food To Take With You To A Music Festival

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Gone are the days where music festival food consisted of nothing but hot dogs and greasy burgers. From traditional British grub such as fish and chips to foreign favourites like paella, there’s never been so much to choose from.


There’s just one problem - although we love the idea of tucking into a fry up for breakfast, Vietnamese noodles for lunch and Mexican street food for dinner, buying every meal from a food stall can do serious damage to your wallet over the course of a weekend.


If you want to enjoy your festival without breaking the bank or suffering from a stomach that rumbles louder than the crowd during the headline act, it’s a good idea to have a food stash of your own. Not sure what to take? Here’s our ultimate festival food checklist to help:

‘Grab and go’ grub

If you plan on spending as much time as possible dancing the weekend away in front of the stage rather than sitting around a campfire near your tent, you’re going to need food that you can ‘grab and go’. Here’s a list of festival essentials that require little to no preparation and don’t need to be chilled or cooked:


  • Cereal bars

  • Crisps

  • Cookies - take a look at our Camping Cookie Gift Box

  • Mini cereal boxes

  • Crackers

  • Rice cakes

  • Bread, wraps and bagels - jam, peanut butter and chocolate spread are just a few non-perishable toppings perfect for your bagel

  • Popcorn

  • Fruit - either fresh or dried

Field-cooked meal

If you’re willing to take a disposable BBQ and camping stove with you, a world of food options suddenly become available. Here are some essential camping ingredients to warm you up:


  • Baked beans

  • Spaghetti

  • Packet soups to be mixed with water

  • Sausages and burgers - Ensure all meat is kept cool and consumed on the first day of the festival

  • Pot noodle

  • Soup

  • Couscous

Cool, calm and collected

If you plan on taking a cooler box packed full of goodies, experts recommend cooling it well and eating it all on the first day of the festival. Purchase a cooler box or cooler bag and make sure you include plenty of freezer blocks, frozen gel packs, or frozen bottles of water.


The food will stay cooler for longer if you keep as many items as possible in it and avoid opening the box/bag more often than is necessary. Once you’ve arrived at the festival, keep the cooler in the shade or throw a blanket over it to keep it as cold as possible.


Putting a thermometer in your cooler can be a wise idea to make sure your food is safe to eat.


  • Milk

  • Sandwiches

  • Salads

  • Sausage rolls

  • Pork pies

  • Cooked meat

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