5 Fave Food Tips for Festivaling

Photo by Karl Baba

5 Fave Food Tips for Festivaling

I am what many would call a foodie. If I’m not actively cooking or searching out new restaurant reviews then chances are consciously trying to normal through the primordial ferocity of a Pavlovian daydream. When it comes to festival life, I’ve pretty much got it down to a science.  Though you will see the occasional PB&J in my hand, I personally try to lean towards fresher basics when planning out my menu at festivals. I mean let’s be honest, learning all day and dancing all night can take a lot of energy so why not eat foods that will give us the needed boost to get the most out of our experience here. Yes, we’re on the go a lot at festivals and nobody wants to spend the time on preparing meals. However it is more than possible to eat well while camping out and shimmying from stage to stage. Just for such occasions, I’ve put together this list of my favorite food tips for festivaling.

Dat Avoca-DOE

Not only is this little berry (that’s right!) full of good fats and natural planty goodness have mysterious healing qualites, but it also has it’s own carrying case. It can’t get much easier than that. Just throw a couple in your bag and bring a knife to cut them open. Viola, you got yourself a snack buddy! Whether you fill the middle with salsa and eat it out of it’s shell or mash it up and scoop it with tortilla chips, you’re good to go. My favorite way to enjoy these at a festival is to slice them along with some tomato and layer it on bread with a little salt and pepper then sprinkle with fresh lime juice. Yummo delish-wich!

Sometimes You Seed to Go Nuts

Whether you’re more into cashews or you dig on a sunflower seeds try to go easy on the sodium rich varieties and look for those that are good for digestion. Nuts are an excellent source of vitamins and amino acids and seeds are always a tasty snack.

Some Lentil Love

Lentils are full of protein and complex carbohydrates to help give you energy needed when bouncing from stage to stage. They’re also beyond easy to deal with when camping at a festival. I like to buy the pre-cooked packaged lentils from Trader Joes and just open them up when I get there. My go to meal consists of filling a tortilla with cold lentils, sliced red onion and tomato then adding a smear of cream cheese. What???!!!! That’s called lunch! So easy and so good for you too.

Get Granola

I know I know, this isn’t exactly a fresh ingredient but the benefits of granola go so far at a festival that it’s a must when camping. I have a friend who makes pounds and pounds of trail mix before Burning Man in September. Filled with things like dried cranberries, nuts and chocolate chips you just can’t go wrong. Not to mention that it’s easy to share and full of nutrients. Get creative with your trail mix and use different dried fruits like strawberries or papaya. Toss them in yogurt and have a parfait. Try adding pistachios instead of almonds or M&M’s instead of chocolate chips. There really is no limit to the combinations you can create for your festival adventure.

Fruit Yeah!

Bananas, oranges and apples, OH MY! Super simple and one of the first foods people think of when packing for the weekend. There are so many different ways to use these fruits. Dip them in peanut butter or cream cheese for a quick snack or toss them together and drizzle with honey and granola for breakfast (use the fresh oranges to squeeze over the concoction and provide some moisture to the dish). My all time favorite thing is to freeze grapes so that they keep the coolor cold. They’re also delicious and great for sharing, which is pretty much the best part!!

As you can see, it’s easy to eat well while communing with nature and shaking your groove thing in the forest. You will also have plenty of hot options with food vendors and I’m sure there will be a few new friends sharing with you as well. Just spend a little time and plan out some things before you go. And please don’t skip meals! It’s easy to get caught up in the fun and forget that you haven’t eaten recently. SO make sure to plan and actually eat all your meals. You’re body and mind will thank you for it.

What are your favorite festivaling foods? Tell us in the comments below!

Featured Image Credit: Karl Baba

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