Cooking Your Own Food At The Isle Of Wight Festival: What You Need To Know

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What you need to know about cooking your own food at the isle of wight festival

This year you don’t have to rely solely on the food vendors or go hungry if you miss the breakfast queues at the Isle Of Wight Festival. By bringing your own cooking equipment, you can whip up your own delicious meals and snacks whenever you want!

Not only is cooking your own food a convenient option, it can also be a fun and social experience. Imagine gathering with your friends around the grill, swapping stories and cooking up a storm.

Plus, you can customize your meals to your liking, whether you’re a vegetarian, a meat-lover, or have dietary requirements.

So, whether you’re craving some bacon and eggs for breakfast, a juicy burger for lunch, or some s’mores for dessert, bring along your camping stove or disposable BBQ and get ready to cook up a storm at Isle of Wight Festival!

Can You Bring A Disposable Barbecue to Isle Of Wight Festival?

You can! bring a little sizzle to The Isle Of Wight Festival this summer – with the option to bring your own personal and disposable barbecue! As long as you use it safely and for personal use only, you can enjoy all the delicious treats that come from cooking on an open flame.

From succulent sausages to perfectly roasted vegetables – make sure to pack your BBQ so you can taste some festival favourites. And don’t forget the marshmallows – no summer festival experience is complete without them!

Can You Bring A Camping Stove to Isle Of Wight Festival?

You can do it, but be sure to keep your gas canisters under 300g – any bigger or if you bring too many, they’ll be taken away.

That’s right, don’t let your plans for foodie feasts go up in smoke! So, when packing for the festival, double check that all your gear is within the size limits set out by the organisers.

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 Isle Of Wight Festival?

The Isle of Wight Festival has taken a stand on the use of BBQs. Instead of banning disposable BBQs like other festivals, they’ve restricted their use and limited the size of non-disposable ones and gas cannisters to 300g or less.

Isle Of Wight Festival also does not allow cooking outside of the campgrounds, not that you were planning on cooking a fry up in front of the main stage!

Something you really need to know is that monoxide gas is no joke! It’s a silent killer that can take your life in minutes.

Don’t ever take a portable barbecue or light up charcoal in a small enclosed space like a tent or caravan. They can release this gas during cooking and in the case of BBQs they can continue to release carbon monoxide after they have “gone out”.

Pour water over the coals until it’s cool to the touch, be careful at first and only place your hand over the surface to feel any heat. Lastly, place the BBQ in a bin bag so no one steps on it accidentally.

If you suspect that you might have been exposed to carbon monoxide gas from a BBQ or gas-powered heater, immediately seek help by contacting a steward or festival personnel.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Confusion
  • Stomach pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing

Stay aware and stay safe while enjoying the festival!

What’s The Best Food To Cook At Isle Of Wight Festival?

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

You may be worried that there will be no vegan or vegetarian food on offer, so will need to cook your own. Definitely give a bit of camp cooking a go, but you can read more here about what vegans can expect to find food wise at the Isle Of Wight Festival!

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 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 a music festival like Isle Of Wight Festival 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!

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