You want to be on the next Festival vegan but don't know how to do it yet? Then you've come to the right place! Soon it will start again: the festival season. Summer, sun, fun and open-air concerts to boot. A whole weekend to party away the stress of everyday life. Fortunately, it is not so complicated to eat vegan.
In this article I would like to give you my best tips, with which "Vegan at festivals" really works best.
Tip: Festivals definitely include grilling. For inspiration to vegan grilling, I recommend you the article Barbecue without meat. Vegan food at festivals is not a problem at all with a little preparation.
Is there a festival supermarket?
Many festivals now have at the festival site a supermarket. If you want to stay vegan at festivals, this is usually a jackpot. Here you can get fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, oatmeal, chocolate, bread, rolls and much more. You can usually find charcoal there as well. And you don't even have to leave the festival grounds.
Tip: At Rock im Park there is always an article list for the festival supermarket. You should definitely take a look at it beforehand so that you can better plan what you need to take with you.
If there is no supermarket at your festival, you should in any case be in the sustainable search engine Ecosia check if there is a supermarket near the festival. Then you can save yourself some preparation and schlepping.
Tip: Since festivals unfortunately often produce large amounts of garbage, I put you in any case a look at the article Zero Waste Festival to the heart! With zero waste and vegan food, the festival will definitely be sustainable!
What must come to the festival?
Here you can find a rough overview of the festival essentials. You can find another list of food below.
- Sleeping bag
- Camping mat
- Cooler box
- Gas stove
- Stainless steel
- Stainless steel can
- Travel cutlery
- Wooden pocket knife (you get here*)
- Grill (you get here*)
- Barbecue tongs (you get here*)
- Corncob holder
The best thing to do is to look at a packing list for festivals. You can find them on pretty much every festival website and there are usually also the regulations for the festival noted. At Rock im Park, for example, you are not allowed to take glass bottles onto the festival grounds. Exceptions are made every year, e.g. for jam jars.
Eat vegan at festivals
How do you want to eat at the festival? Do you want to start grilling right away in the morning or would you rather make a "normal" breakfast? I always try to eat relatively normally at festivals, so I'll start with my standard on-the-go breakfast. You may already know the recipe from the article Vegan on vacation. Breakfast is super nutritious, filling and usually consists of soy milk, oatmeal, fruit and a few nuts. You don't have to prepare much for it and you don't have to take too much with you to the festival.
A sandwich spread always looks good. Either you take a savory spread or you can use peanut butter and dates or bananas. bananas. If you ask me, peanut butter and dates are a great combination! combination!
If you want to grill vegan at the festival, you should prepare a little beforehand. In the last years there was no vegan barbecue at Rock im Park or in the festival LIDL-Rockshop to buy vegan barbecue.
List of foods for vegan festival attendance:
- Peanut butter
- Bread or roll
- Soy milk
- Bananas - an absolute must: healthy, filling, delicious!
- Corn on the cob for grilling
- small tin with spices (salt, pepper, herbs, ...)
- Grilled items, e.g. tofu sausages, seitan steaks, etc.
- Homemade energy bars
- Homemade kale chips - a vitamin bomb to nibble on between meals. Not a must, but pretty tasty!
- Chickpeas/beans - either canned as an exception if you are not allowed to bring a jar to the campsite, or decant into a can beforehand.
- Hearty spread
- Vitamin B12 Supplement
Before packing, check if there is a supermarket at the festival or nearby. at the festival or nearby. Then you can leave a few things at home and carry a little less.
Finding your way around on site
When you arrive at the festival site, you should first get a rough orientate yourself roughly, to save unnecessary ways. After you have gotten your festival ribbon and secured the campsite, usually comes the first hunger and first hunger and the walk to the supermarket.
Also on the concert site it is worth to look for vegan food trucks to keep a lookout. In the meantime, Rock im Park already has two Falafel stands. Emergency fries there are certainly also everywhere. In general, there are many vegan booths at festivals, as organizers respond to the increasing demand.
Who is Helga and why is Helga at all the festivals?
Helga is a festival myth that has lasted for years. for years. Usually, people on the camping ground call out the name "Helga" loudly and in a long name "Helga" as if they were looking for someone named Helga. The usual response is to join in the call and also call out for Helga.
In retrospect, it is not possible to determine exactly how this myth came into in retrospect, it is not possible to determine exactly. The most logical assumption is that a young man was looking for a girlfriend a girlfriend and ran across the campground calling out "Helga. calling out "Helga". Thereupon other festival visitors joined in and also called for Helga. for Helga as well. And so it happened that in the meantime at every festival Helga is searched for. is being searched for.
Why not go to a vegan festival while you're at it? Here you can find an overview of vegan festivals:
- Vegan Summer Festival Berlin
- Vegan Street Day, 30-31 May 2020 in Stuttgart and on 01.08.2020 in Dortmund
- Green Market Berlin, Green Market Berlin usually takes place several times a year.
- VegFest, the VegFest takes place in different places around the world
- VegOut! Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival (USA)
The entertainment program at vegan festivals is usually very interesting. usually also very interesting, you find like-minded people at these festivals and can you can exchange ideas on the topic. Often there is also vegan fair trade fashion, art and other things to discover.
Vegan at festivals - no problem!
So now everything should be clear for the vegan festival. In any case, don't think too much beforehand, usually it's really easy to get along. And be aware that there are many other vegans at the festival besides you.
Should you have any questions or experiences about how to go vegan at festivals, feel free to leave a comment! Have fun with your vegan festival visit!
All the best,
Tip: In the contributions "Vegetarianism Statistics." and "Veganism Statistics" you will find facts and figures about vegan-vegetarian nutrition and its impact.