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#1 starknaked

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 12:55 AM

Okay so every year i spend an absolute bomb on food at the festival. I've taken a couple of cans of beans and heated them up a couple of years, but there is only so much beans you can take. I would obviously still prefer to save my money and not buy as much food at the festival. i will still take a couple of trusty cans of beans. But has anyone got any further suggestions on food, considering things like the heat and keeping things cold...and not perishables?

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#2 Liam13th

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 10:49 AM

my list usually comprises of:

Cereal Bars, Some dried fruit, beans that self heat in a can, tinned sardines and tomato, pot noodles, and some huge amount of meat to put on a bbq on wednesday!!!!

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 01:52 PM

Hi

Here is a link to a thread started last year. Hope it gives you some ideas! :)

http://www.efestival...topic=155051

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 05:27 PM

much appreciated!

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:59 PM

Personally I am of the cereal bar club for the most part. I'm not exactly rolling in cash so I have to take it easy with what I spend. I found that a box of crunchy nut cornflakes, combined with festival milk is a godsend in the morning..bigass bowl of cereal, litre of orange juice, quick cup of coffee at the 50p tea tent and then its off to the long drops for my morning consitutional....lovely.

I took some ginsters slice things last year, to snack on on the wednesday, they went down very well and were sat on my frozen water bottles so still chilled and fresh thursday morning. Thursday is also the day that I break out my one and only cooked meal with the disposable bbq and some decent butchers sausages, bacon and baps. After that I lose all faith in anything staying fresh and rely on cereal for breakfast, snack bars through the day and one good purchased meal in the evening. I take my kids with me, so the cost of meals soon stacks up so it has to be a mix of what I can carry in and what I can afford to buy there.

I will never, ever again buy crap food at a festival. I have never understood why so many people buy burgers and crap pizza when you can pay the same for really good noodles or curry, or an extra quid or so and get something really special. I took my son to Reading a few years ago, I had loads of noodle based loveliness and enjoyed every meal, he ate burgers, giant cornish pasties and fish and chips, ending up ditching most of every meal as inedible tosh.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 10:47 PM

Decent coffee and drinking chocolate. Something for midnight munchies and toast and marmalade for breakfast. Everything else you can buy. Unless you've got decent cooking facilities and a fridge at which point everything changes. We took a calor gas powered fridge last year full of fresh fruit and veg to start. As we ate our way through strawberries and fresh salad it was steadily replaced by cans so we were still drinking cold beer by the end of the fest.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 02:02 PM

i didnt even know could get those fridges. bet they are costly! and where did you keep it?

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:18 PM

Cans and packets of pot noodles style items are your best bet to be honest!
Last year, I took hot dogs with rolls to cook for the group which went down a treat, tinned haggis that was lovely, Ravioli (which was horrible) and some Ratatoulie for a wee change! However I did come home with a few tins and just handed out my pot noodles as I didnt really fancy them!

Silly stuff like biscuits and chocolates is also a nice wee treat! :)
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:43 PM

Tins are a bit heavy for my liking, would rather carry beer than beans. We took some nice steak burgers for a barbie on the wednesday, froze them before we left and they were perfectly chilled by Wednesday lunch time, also had a tub of humous for the first day. Had cereal every morning and plenty snacky things for during the day like crisps, biscuits etc. Took some noodles for emergency rations but never ate them.
Personally I'd got with dried food as much as possible, light to carry and won't get too squashed en route.
When I was shopping the other day I spotted individual portions of porridge, that come packaged like a pot noodle and you just pour the water straight in so may get one or two of those. I also like the look of the packs little brioche rolls that come individually wrapped, quite cheap in Lidl

I've been trying hard to save up for this years Glasto so hopefully I'll be able to buy my main meals and just take snacks from home.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 02:31 PM

Matteson's smoked pork sausage, always tasty and easy to pack/carry.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 03:08 PM

I'm always really impressed by people who bring bbq and yummy meats to festivals, I have never done this due to an irrational fear of food poisoning so always freak out that the meat will go off or summat.

We bring pot noodles and Pringles, wildly adventurous stuff! Might have a think about bringing more this year tho, we spent a disgusting amount on food last year.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 04:17 PM

I usually take boil in the bag rice, tins of curry etc and the old faithfull pot noodle!A disposable bbq comes in handy( where allowed) and packets of flavoured cous cous.
I also have a Coleman petrol burner/ stove which also doubles as a heater and mess tins from poundland to heat food up and eat out of.
Ypu can also purchase wine kits on ebay for around 40 were you can make youre own wine 23 litres and fill a camel back.if security pulls you say u r a diabetic as they must let you in.

#13 starknaked

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 05:56 PM

unfortunately i doubt i'll have the luxury of a stove, but as i'm working i can drive onto site so not worried about carrying things. probably bring one of those barbecues now it's been mentioned. ultimately i'd like to have cheap hot meals everyday but without a stove don't know how it could be done. obviously not sure how i'd boil water without a stove so pot noodles are a no go really.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:46 PM

unfortunately i doubt i'll have the luxury of a stove, but as i'm working i can drive onto site so not worried about carrying things. probably bring one of those barbecues now it's been mentioned. ultimately i'd like to have cheap hot meals everyday but without a stove don't know how it could be done. obviously not sure how i'd boil water without a stove so pot noodles are a no go really.


Hexi Stove

If a big gas stove isn't an option then this might be good for you. They're very good for the size and price and perfect if you're just doing basic stuff like boiling water or heating up tinned food.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:47 PM

unfortunately i doubt i'll have the luxury of a stove, but as i'm working i can drive onto site so not worried about carrying things. probably bring one of those barbecues now it's been mentioned. ultimately i'd like to have cheap hot meals everyday but without a stove don't know how it could be done. obviously not sure how i'd boil water without a stove so pot noodles are a no go really.


Last year I purchased a wee light stove from asda with gas for less than a tenner! :) It worked a treat!
if you don't want to carry a stove, I would recommend a barbecue for the first day if you have a cool box!
However I dont know how you would get anything hot apart from they two ways!

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:05 PM

Hexi Stove

If a big gas stove isn't an option then this might be good for you. They're very good for the size and price and perfect if you're just doing basic stuff like boiling water or heating up tinned food.



BRILLIANT. i will definately purchasing this!

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:38 PM

I took my son to Reading a few years ago, I had loads of noodle based loveliness and enjoyed every meal, he ate burgers, giant cornish pasties and fish and chips, ending up ditching most of every meal as inedible tosh.


We usually live off these at glasto, Fantastic value. Tasty, wholesome goodness. Mmmmmmmm, Probably far superior to what you get at Reading though.

I think they were from The Real Cornish Pasty Company in Truro.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:59 PM

BRILLIANT. i will definately purchasing this!


I've used them a lot and they are so handy. Btw, I only linked to that site for the sake of getting a pic, you can buy them in most high street outdoors shops which may be slightly cheaper and or less hassle than buying online. The only thing I would say is make sure you take enough of the fuel tablets, they give off a decent amount o f heat but its easy to get through a few packs if you're using the stove a lot.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 03:09 PM

What kind of coolbox do people use to keep food stuffs/beer chilled for so long? Take the stove to make a brew in the mornings but the idea of being able to cook up a roll and bacon at the tent to go with it sounds magic. I imagine the cheapo efforts from Argos/the supermarkets etc won't keep things like bacon, sausages and butter cold for much more than a couple of days even if frozen beforehand?

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 05:02 PM

What kind of coolbox do people use to keep food stuffs/beer chilled for so long? Take the stove to make a brew in the mornings but the idea of being able to cook up a roll and bacon at the tent to go with it sounds magic. I imagine the cheapo efforts from Argos/the supermarkets etc won't keep things like bacon, sausages and butter cold for much more than a couple of days even if frozen beforehand?


We have an Igloo Maxcold 70, a frozen 5 litre water bottle is still partially frozen on the Monday when we leave. However we are in the campervan fields so don't have to worry about carrying it!! It is our best camping gadget ever and it will never break down!!

http://www.horizonle...q=igloo maxcold

There are loads of threads about them on here, have a search. :)