Festival Food at Home : Perhaps it’s the stunning natural beauty, the abundance of fun activities or maybe just the opportunity to get so up close and personal with some of your favorite artists. Whatever the reason, there’s something about music festivals that makes us want to pack our bags and sign up for them every season.
However, much as we love a good super-greens smoothie and those gourmet grilled cheese stands at festivals, what we long for is their festival food. After all, eating while watching an amazing performance can be a pretty sensory experience. So if you’re itching to experience that unique festival flavor again but not quite ready to travel across state lines… Keep reading for five ways you can re-create your favorite festival foods at home.
N/a Indian food is the perfect food to bring to a festival because it’s very portable and easy to eat while standing and/or dancing. You can make it super healthy by using quinoa instead of rice or naan bread instead of roti, or you can go all out and make your favorite dish. Indian food is delicious and aromatic. Plus, there’s so much variety to this type of cuisine that you can create a unique menu every time. If you’re feeling super festive, you can even create your take on a thali. N/a
2)Tacos and Mexican Food
Tacos and Mexican fare can be super delicious and flavorful, but they usually also come with a side of excess. The good news is that you can still enjoy the taste and the festive vibe of this type of food without loading up on the calories and fat or having to travel to the other side of the country.
N/a For example, you can make tacos more health-friendly by choosing lower-fat ingredients and serving them in a lettuce wrap instead of a flour tortilla. For an even lower-calorie option, you can try these baked sweet potato tacos. You can also amp up the flavor factor by drizzling tacos with chili sauce or adding a squeeze of fresh lime juice. You can also make your chili-spiced taco meat or chili-spiced lentils. N/a
3)Burgers and Sandwiches
Did you know that at least 50% of music festival attendees prefer burgers to any other food on offer? That’s right, burgers and sandwiches are the most popular food items at music festivals. While burgers might be typical festival food, you can still prepare them more healthily.
You can, for example, grill your burgers in a marinated vegetable mix instead of using a burger patty. You can also serve your burgers and sandwiches on a lettuce wrap instead of a regular bun. N/a Or you can try these vegetarian black bean burgers. You can also amp up the flavor by serving your burgers with chipotle mayo or a spicy pepper sauce. You can also try these chipotle-black bean quesadillas. N/a
And while we’re on the subject of food items that are popular to bring to a music festival, we have to talk about desserts. While you might think that dessert is the last thing you want to eat at a music festival, we’re here to tell you that you’re probably wrong. While there’s nothing wrong with eating a salad at a festival, if you’re not careful, you’ll miss out on all the fun.
And while a sugary treat might not seem like the most sensible food choice, it can be a great way to get in the festival spirit. You can, for example, make these cupcakes that look like lollipops. N/a You can also try these strawberry-banana-nut bars. Or you can make this chocolate-covered strawberry pops. N/a
5)Vegetarian Meal Ideas
Finally, if you’re a vegetarian, you might be feeling a little left out when it comes to re-creating your favorite festival foods at home. However, there are plenty of ways to amp up the vegetarian vibe of your favorite dishes. For example, you can make your hummus instead of buying it from the store.
You can also make your baba ganoush. N/a You can also try making your falafel. You can also add vegetables to your favorite meal, like pizza, nachos or tacos. Or you can try making these vegetarian nachos. And if you’re looking for a more traditional vegetarian dish, you can try these veggie samosas. Conclusion Music festivals can be amazing, but they also tend to come with a hefty price tag.
While we love the experience of being at a festival, we don’t love the cost. However, what if we told you that you can eat like a festival pro—without breaking the bank? It’s true. You can re-create the flavors of your favorite festival foods right in your kitchen. All it takes is a little imagination and creativity.