jamie oliver food festival

Glastonbury is here, and to help any of you who are planning to pitch a tent and enjoy a bit of music in a field this weekend, or later in the summer, we’ve put together a survival kit to help you enjoy homemade goodies all weekend.

So, let’s start with the festival kit essentials – what to take:

  • Foldaway knife
  • Little chopping board
  • Forks
  • Plates
  • Mixing/serving bowl
  • Medium pan
  • Small gas hob or trangia
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Bin bag
  • Cool box

On day one you’ll be busy pitching your tent and getting your bearings, so keep the food simple and make this delicious chilli at home, then wrap with lots of blankets (Jamie’s top tip is to use the ones you intend to sit on while eating) and enjoy for supper. Have it with homemade bread or tacos, and even chop up a few tomatoes and sprinkle over with coriander. You’ll be the envy of the campsite!

For the rest of the weekend, think about fresh ingredients that don’t need refrigerating, like tomatoes, avocados, lemons, garlic, mushrooms, onions and apples. Bring a good loaf of bread and you can even think about cured meats – as long as they are kept in your cool box they’ll be fine.

Packing your cool box with a lots of frozen water bottles is a brilliant little festival hack. They melt much more slowly than normal ice, prevent the bottom of your cool box from getting wet and provide you with ice-cold water when things get hot.

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A couple of your favourite condiments are absolutely essential, too. They perk up pretty much anything – so if you end up buying a cheap burger – a dollop of your favourite chilli sauce can save almost any sorry looking snack.

With the right fresh, simple ingredients to hand, you can make any kind of amazing sandwich to keep you going, and any kind of salad too. Add a packet of dried couscous and one of pasta and you have yourself a feast – you have boiling water thanks to your pan and gas hob, so go beyond a cup of tea or coffee!

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You’ll probably appreciate your own food the most in the morning – when you wake up with a sore head. Here are a couple of ideas to help speed up your recovery.

  • Smashed avocado on toast with a fried egg and hot chilli sauce
  • Garlic mushrooms on toast with scrambled eggs and crispy chorizo
  • Crispy chorizo and apple sandwich

The smell of these recipes in the morning will be enough to get everyone up and about. It’s so much better than queuing for miles for a greasy fry-up, and none of the recipes above need anything more than a frying pan.

For more festival food inspiration, check out our alfresco recipes, or read our guide to cooking at festivals.