Cooking Your Own Food At Boomtown: What You Need To Know

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Can you cook your own food at Boomtown?

If you’re anything like us, you know that dancing the night away and soaking up the festival vibes can work up quite an appetite. That’s why we want to share with you some tips on cooking your own food at Boomtown!

That’s right! You can whip up your own delicious meals and snacks right at your campsite. So make sure you pack your trusty camping stove. Cooking your own food at Boomtown Festival is not only a convenient option, but it can also save you some money.

So, get ready and embark on a culinary adventure at Boomtown Festival! Your taste buds (and wallet) will thank you! Lets have a look at what you need to know about cooking at Boomtown.

Can You Bring A Disposable Barbecue to Boomtown Festival?

Sorry but no disposable barbecues are allowed to be brought in to Boomtown!

Bringing your own disposable BBQ to Boomtown is off the cards they are strictly prohibited. So, the only flames at Boomtown will be from the stages.

The organisers are very strict when it comes to prohibited items, and unfortunately disposable barbeques are on the list. If you attempt to bring them in they will be confiscated.

You’ll need to find a different way of cooking your food…

Can You Bring A Camping Stove to Boomtown Festival?

Camping stoves are allowed at Boomtown!

But you should be mindful of where and when you can safely use them. Make sure you are using your stove in a well-ventilated area, outside of your tent and away from other festival goers tents and other combustible materials.

Make sure that any gas cylinders you take and the stove itself are well maintained and not damaged before lighting it. Even if you are an experienced camper or you are new to using camping stoves, definitely read the instructions and test the stove so you are sure and confident before packing your festival bags.

Check out our best all round stove below if you are looking for options, or read more here Best Portable Camping Stoves

Best Portable Camping Stove for a Festival

Best all round without breaking the bank

COLEMAN FyreStorm PCS Stove - Beat portable camping stove
Image from Go Outdoors

COLEMAN FyreStorm PCS Stove

  • Compact size
  • Gas cartridge fits inside pot for storage,
  • All in one including 1.3 litre cooking pot, lid and a pot sleeve
  • Wind blocking technology
  • Piezo ignition – so easy to ignite (no matches needed)
  • Can be used without the included pot (you can use any pan that will fit)
  • Boil time 4m30s

What Are The Rules About Cooking At Boomtown Festival?

BBQs have long been a part of the summer festival experience. Unfortunately, due to safety hazards they present Boomtown are unable to allow them on site. This also covers open fires of any kind, on or off the ground.

Other than that, Boomtown retains the right to change the rule regarding camping stoves being allowed at the festival at any time, for example during 2022’s chapter due to the extreme heat, stoves and of any kind was banned.

It’s also worth noting that you should only bring enough gas for your stove to last the festival, only take one or two gas cannisters. Leave all the half full ones and spares at home if you are worried about running out mid festival. Any excess cans will be confiscated!

What’s The Best Food To Cook At Boomtown Festival?

You can cook whatever you like really, it just depends on how much effort you are willing to put in!

Remember anything you want to prepare, cook and eat in the festival needs to be carried in. Luckily we’ve included some info about storage below. And we have put together a few food options below to help get your mind on the right path.

  • Vegetarian frozen sausages, burgers and any other frozen meat replacements. These last longer than meat counterparts and are safer.
  • Eggs.
  • Noodles.
  • Dried/cured meats can be added to other dishes.
  • Marinated/preserved meats and vegetables.
  • Veggies for grilling.
  • Pre made food that can be warmed later like couscous, pasta and potatoes.
  • Herbs, spices and flavouring.
  • Small bottle of oil for cooking with.
  • Raw potato, cut it in to chips, add seasoning and fry in a pan! lots of options with a potato especially if you have foil.

Looking for more help with what to take? check out our post How to cook your own food at a music festival.

How To Pack Food For A Festival

There are two main things to keep in mind when you are packing festival food – keep it safe and keep it fresh!

Some of the food you take will be able to survive the journey there, but when packing your perishable or softer food, try to pack it in something solid like a plastic tub or cooler box.

You should wrap pre-made food in foils rather than plastic wraps, foil is better at keeping your food fresh and maintains temperature better. You can also heat food in the foil.

Plastic wrap is also harmful for the environment as it can’t always be recycled.

Food Storage:

  • Cooler bag
  • Tupperware containers
  • Cooler box
  • Plastic tub
  • Cooler packs to keep with perishable food


Keep your cooking utensils, pots and pans clean! clean them as soon as possible after cooking, it will stop pests crawling in looking for a snack, but also saves you work later when the food has dried on!

  • A washing bowl (this can double as food storage)
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge/scrubber
  • Towel for drying
  • A bag for packaging waste


Cooking your own food at a music festival like Boomtown can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Not only can you save money on expensive festival food, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what you’re eating. However, it’s important to take safety precautions when preparing food in an outdoor environment.

Make sure to bring plenty of hand sanitizer, use a portable stove, and keep your food stored in coolers to prevent spoilage.

Remember, cooking your own food at any festival is all about using common sense.

By taking the time to plan and prepare your meals, you’ll be able to enjoy all the fun of the festival without sacrificing your health or wallet. So why not give it a try and let the good times roll!

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