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

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Cooking your own food at Glastonbury Festival

Have you considered cooking your own food at Glastonbury?

Sure, it may sound daunting at first, but fear not! Glastonbury Festival allows campers to bring their own camping stoves and disposable BBQs, with a little bit of preparation, you can whip up a tasty and satisfying meal right at your campsite.

Imagine the satisfaction of cooking up your own meals at your campsite amidst the vibrant and bustling festival crowds.

You can easily prepare some basic staples like pasta or rice that cook quickly and require little refrigeration, and then add some protein and veggies to make a complete and nourishing meal.

And the best part? You don’t have to worry about breaking the bank or settling for sometimes questionably sized servings of festival food. Just gather your ingredients, fire up the stove, mix everything together and voila! You have a delicious home-cooked meal that you can enjoy anytime.

But before you go all chef on us, let’s cover some basics that you need to know when cooking your own food at Glastonbury Festival…

Can You Bring A Disposable Barbecue to Glastonbury Festival?

Short answer is yes you can! but please read on as there are a few important points we need to make.

Although Glastonbury Festival does not have any particular restrictions or rules when it comes to disposable BBQs. You will still need to use common sense and and consider other festival goers around you, and how setting a small fire close to tent can be dangerous!

You also need to remember that the disposable BBQ will stay hot for a long time after it has done its job! so make sure you pour water over it afterwards and place it in to a bin bag as soon as possible to avoid people accidentally stepping on the sharp metal.

Remember carbon monoxide poisoning is a very real risk – so never use your barbecue inside a tent.

Can You Bring A Camping Stove to Glastonbury Festival?

You can totally bring a camping stove to Glastonbury!

Just make sure to use it responsibly and safely.

Keep in mind that there will be lots of people and tents around you, so make sure to only use the stove outdoors and keep any naked flames or heat sources away from your tent.

And make sure to use it only by a responsible adult and never leave it unattended.

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

Read more about the Best Portable Camping Stoves.

What Are The Rules About Cooking At Glastonbury Festival?

Glastonbury Festival cooking rules are pretty light, they do not state any real strict restrictions.

But, they do ask that you only bring food for personal consumption, and to be considerate and safe when cooking your food in the camp grounds.

See also: Best food to bring to a music festival

What’s The Best Food To Cook At Glastonbury 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.

There is a fully-stocked co-op on site which has plenty of breakfast and lunch cooked and uncooked foods to pick up!

  • 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 cous cous, 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 Glastonbury: Summary

Cooking your own food at a music festival like Glastonbury 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 or camping grill, 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!

See also: Is there Vegan Food at Glastonbury?

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