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Music Festival Camping

ette Sep 5, 2011 03:09 AM

Hi - I'm headed to a large UK music festival this week, and need some suggestions for *easy* festival camping meals.

We will have access to use our camp stoves, but the designated cooking zone may not necessarily be very near to our campsite, so I need ideas for things that won't take ages to watch over, since we likely would rather spend more time lazing around our campsite rather than crouched around a concrete slab watching our stove.

We'll have a cooler, but not sure how easily we'll be able to replenish the ice, so I'm not counting on having much meat available other than tinned things. We're happy to eat veggie.

I love cooking, but I'm a camping novice, so trying to think of things that will be fun (spicy, tasty, amusing) yet practical under the conditions. Help me think of things I'll wish I had brought once I get there! :D

I've done a search on the boards but didn't come up with anything much, so if someone knows of some useful threads to direct me to, that'd be helpful too. Thanks!

  1. THewat Sep 5, 2011 05:56 AM

    How many breakfasts / lunches / dinners without refrigeration? And what temperature range are you expecting? (I ask because I like warmer things on cooler nights and because I worry about food a lot less if it's not beastly hot during the day...)

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    1. re: THewat
      ette Sep 5, 2011 06:13 AM

      5 days -- probably 1 large meal and 1 small one each day. We can buy food from the vendors, but I'm trying to economize so only buy snackish things while watching the bands and cook a main meal each day. We'll be on the Isle of Wight -- looks like about 18 degrees-ish, most days.

      1. re: ette
        THewat Sep 5, 2011 12:54 PM

        It sounds wonderful. There are some ideas here that might be useful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/327372
        My initial thoughts are: 1) spices are your friend, 2) you could make a perishable stew in advance, freeze it, and have it hot on day one or two, 3) couscous & pasta would be each be easy, and you could do the sauces / add-ins mostly in advance. Eggs are great because they'll hold fine without refrigeration. Hard cheese is always happy. So is saucisson sec, if you like that kind of thing... If you're a baker, there are slews of great, easy loaf cakes that would keep for that long with no problem.

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