Being coeliac doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the fun. In my first year of diagnosis, I survived two festivals with no problems at all!
STEP ONE – BE PREPARED! Even over prepared.
Spontaneity may sometimes be the spice of life but that has to go out the window if we want to make sure we don’t go hungry.
Think about what you will eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Planning is key.
If you’re serious about eating well, take a gas stove and pots and pans. Or failing that, have lots of free from rolls to hand and some tins of gf spaghetti, sweetcorn, tins of anything you don’t mind eating cold.
I spent the night before my journey to Boomtown baking gf bread to take in an airtight Tupperware, along with a tub of peanut butter, this got me through every morning. Home baked cakes or flapjacks are good too.
Fruit juice is great for the mornings too. And if you take a plastic bowl, spoon, a bag of gluten free muesli and a carton of long-lasting milk or soya milk, you know you have at least your breakfast covered every day.
Lunch times, prepare some packed lunch style salads (bring a cooler box if worried about heat although being in England, it’ll probably rain anyway!), a big tub of hummus and some carrot sticks is always a good snack.
Pack bags of nuts, dried fruit, or fresh – apples and bananas, kettle chips, snacks are as important as sparkly clothes for your rucksack.
STEP TWO – TAKE LOADS OF SNACK BARS
I use this rule for travelling too. They fill a little empty space in a growling tummy and are easily transported around the place (however squished they get or melted by the sun)
These are my favorites:
STEP THREE – TAKE SOME SPARE CASH
This can be for emergencies if your own supplies don’t keep you going or can be for treating yourself to a hassle-free dinner. Have a scout around and see which food stalls can cater for you.
Most fests have gluten-free chips or jacket potatoes with salad at the very least. Just make sure you talk to who ever is serving about cross-contamination.
STEP FOUR – DON’T GET DRUNK AND EAT PIZZA COZ IT SMELLS NICE
There’s gonna be loads of tempting food that smells sooo good, but just put your blinkers on and keep moving!
STEP FIVE – HAVE FUN
That’s what you’re there for!
(And of course, keep hydrated 😉