Food at festivals can be totally hit or miss. At the likes of Wilderness and Festival No 6 you can expect the food to be as much a part of the festival as the music, but then, to be honest, every other festival has fallen short when it comes to their foodie offerings.
Oh, apart from the food at Sziget, that was pretty epic.
And whether the festival food is good or not, it’ll always cost you more than a few quid. A meal at any I’ve been to has been around £7, which can add up over the three meals a day and four days.
– Post in collaboration with Baxters
Best snacks for festivals
There are ways round this though, by taking your own snacks to the fests. These homemade / tentmade snacks are the perfect antidote to help you save money at festivals, so you have all the more for the drink.
1. Spicy Cheesy Tortillas with Red Slaw
Take some grated cheese to the festival with you, or if you have the space and energy, cheese to grate for better flavour. You can always get one of those mini graters – makes the cheese taste better, don’t you think?
Then you just need a tortilla, and any one of the Deli Toppers range from Baxters, today I used the Spicy Slaw, tomorrow I might use the Red Onion. Jalapeno would be good too.
Think, ‘cheese in a tortilla at a festival’ and you might think, nah not with my hungover dry mouth. But the spiciness from the slaw makes it absolutely delicious. You could take these pre made and eat on the first day, or take the ingredients separately. Up to you!
And if you’re one of those people who brings a camping stove, toast that cheese till it melts.
2. Guacamole with Red Slaw
– Follow this ‘Guacamole for Festivals‘ recipe I put together. This is one of the best snacks for festivals you could take.
But then add Baxters Red Onion or Slaw to the mix for that extra kick, and then you won’t need to take the onion. Saves time and tears in crying over the chopping.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can always bring some Ryvita Thins and pile up the Guac and Slaw. Perfect for picnics, festivals, work snacks, all sorts. Oh, also try with salt and vinegar Snack a Jacks. I can’t get enough of the vinegary goodness.
You can also see my Guacamole recipe on the Baxters delitoppers.com website.
3. Sausage Rolls with Red Onion
– 30g/1oz butter
– 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
– 450g/1lb sausage meat
– Salt and black pepper
– 450g/1lb ready-rolled puff pastry
– 1 free-range egg, beaten
1. Preheat oven to 200C / 400F.
2. Melt the butter in a large bowl and add the Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and sausage meat. Season with salt and pepper. Mix.
3. Roll the puff pastry out, then cut down the middle to make two long rectangles.
4. Assemble the sausage meat mixture down the middle of each rectangle.
5. Brush one edge with the beaten egg and fold the other side of the pastry to meet. Press down to seal.
6. Cut into as many small sausage rolls as you like. Brush the top with remaining egg mixture.
7. Place the sausage rolls onto a baking tray – just use the greaseproof paper they came with – and transfer to the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes.
They didn’t take long to make at all, and what came out were beautifully browned sausage rolls of goodness. I’m a sucker for a sausage roll, and these were yum.
You can read more on my sausage roll recipe at delitoppers.com.
So then all you have to do is package them up and don’t forget your Baxters Deli Topper. Of course I scoffed a few before they went anywhere, with the Red Onion one.
Imagine bringing these beasties out on the first morning of the festival…
4. Couscous with Spicy Slaw
When you take your own food to festivals you want it to be quick, easy, cheap and tasty, or there’s no point. You might as well go and splash £8 on a sketchy cheeseburger.
The deli packets from supermarkets are a good idea. That way they come in their own safe packaging and stay fresh. Couscous is a good shout, especially when you spice it up with the Red or Spicy Slaw. Just adds that extra flavour to what could be pretty dry. Stick some grated cheese in too, or if you have a camping stove, some scrambled egg – why not hey?
5. Cheesey crackers with Red Onion
Aaaallll the toppers work with cheese and crackers. And cheese and crackers are so portable, so cheap and so tasty. Buy up a good range, go on, treat yourself. Washed back with a pint of cider – yum.
Safety first, safety second
Remember to be careful of that glass at festivals. I stuck the jar in the middle of my camping roll mat for extra protection.