It’s that time of year again! In exactly one week I’ll be dragging my tent/ camping bag/ beer to a spot in a rough terrain field all in the name of Download Festival!!! Last year I posted some ideas for what to pack and a snapshot of the sort of things I ate whilst there.
Going to a festival is a great way to let loose, be carefree, run about outside, dance wildly, drink one too many and generally just be a free spirit. However you can’t leave your dietary choices behind! The best way to have a good time and not let food become a worry or a hassle is to be prepared and pack meals and snacks in advance!
Last year was my first time going to a festival as a vegetarian and it was easier than I thought! I’m using last year as a guide to get me through this year, Some of the things that helped me last year were (you’ll notice they’re a bit carb heavy but you can include protein with the food you buy (aim for green foods not more bread!) and things like quinoa, eggs and protein bars) –
Cous Cous – This is perfect because you can take it dry and then you just have to add hot water and cover it. I got a variety of flavours from the Ainsley Harriot range. My favourite is the mushroom flavour!
Pitta breads – Great for scooping up any juices from meals and it’s great for filling you up! Carbs are good for soaking up the alcohol
Packet Pasta – Now I’m not saying this is the pinnacle of health but you can buy packets of pasta where you just add water and there is a powdered sauce. I have to admit these are my guilty pleasure at a festival and this is the only time I allow myself to eat them!
Soreen/ Cereal Bars – ‘Snack pack’ sized Soreen loaves were perfect, I popped one in my bag each day and they kept me going when energy levels were flagging.
Fruit and Nuts I took some sandwich bags with me and separated the pack into 5 portions then put a portion in my bag each day. These were great for snacking on and stopped me from buying chips/ crisps when everyone else did
My diet has taken another step forward this year and I have been cutting out wheat and gluten (although I am still not following it full time) so this year instead of pitta breads I might take along my fave gluten free crisp breads and we have bought some raw nakd bars instead of cereal bars. I wouldn’t eat cereal bars on a regular basis but the nakd bars are great for festivals because they are high slow burning energy. We bought the apple flavour which include cinnamon and peanuts…nom!
Lemons This year I plan to take a couple of lemons with me to squeeze into hot water in the morning. Every stall sells cups of tea so I hope to ask for hot water when I can’t be bothered to heat the kettle! This will help counter balance all the cider!….won’t it! 😉
Soup I really hate the taste of cuppa soups, they taste like powder! But I found these Food Doctor soups in Tesco which are really tasty and much healthier for you. Great as a snack or a meal along with some pittas and salad.
Quinoa I have bought some cous cous but I thought about taking quinoa as well because you only need to add water to cook it. I’m still browsing for any “just add water, flavoured quinoa”. This is also a great source of protein!
Baked Beans Or your favourite type…cans are heavy to carry but baked beans are a great source of vegan protein! You can get no added sugar versions but you do so much walking/ dancing whilst at a festival I don’t worry too much! These make for a preferable breakfast to pasta or cous cous!
Fruit Last year I kind of neglected fruit, but I did eat lots of salad!! Apples are quite sturdy low GI fruits which will survive not being in a fridge. They are great because they are filling and hydrating. Take a bag for snacks at the campsite.
Water Don’t forget to drink water!!!
Is anyone off to a festival this year? Not in the UK? Then what is the food like at your festivals!! Any Downloaders?? Who you looking forward to seeing!