What to Eat and Drink at Music Festivals – 80 Twenty Nutrition

What to Eat and Drink at Music Festivals

It’s summer music festival season and you’re gearing up for 3 full days of running from stage to stage in the sweltering heat and dancing like you’re a wind up toy. But how do you make sure you get your money’s worth and don’t end up running out of energy… or worse, getting dehydrated and missing your favourite bands?

Check out my latest YouTube video with Tessa Malisani from Virgin Radio. I share all my tips on how to get the most out of your summer music festival!


Step 1: Fuel Up

What you eat before you head out to your day of music and mosh pits can make or break your experience.

Eat a solid meal before you go and be sure to include slow burning carbohydrates, a source of protein and healthy fats. Oh, and now’s a good time to pack in those vegetables and fruits because they can be hard to come by at the festival… or way overpriced!

Once you get to your music festival, there will be lots of tempting tasty treats to choose from. Split something with friends if you’re craving something less healthy. Keep in mind that fried foods will leave you feeling fried… not the greatest time to be napping under a tree, now is it?

Grab something similar to your pre-fest meal: slow carbs, protein and healthy fats. Chicken or tempeh tacos, anyone?

If anyone on the campsite offers you homemade kombucha, it’s best to politely decline.


Christy Brissette Virgin Radio Fuel Your Fest What to Eat and Drink at a Music Festival

Step 2: Stock Up

Some summer music festivals let you bring snacks along, especially if you’re camping. Bring options that won’t spoil in the intense heat because food poisoning is not a good look!

Here are some ideas to try:

  • Protein bars
  • Fruit and nut bars
  • Salted nuts
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Soy nuts or roasted edamame
  • Apple chips
  • Seed crackers
  • Dried peanut butter (just add water!)
  • Fruit leather or dried fruit

The bonus is you’ll be sweating lots, so you can go for some salty options here and there to replace what you lose as you’re sweating up a storm.

Step 3: Drink Up

Yes, this was a trick to peak your interest. Of course, I’m not encouraging you to booze it up at your music festival, but let’s be honest… chances are you’re going to have some alcohol.

To stay hydrated, especially on hot and humid days, you need to drink at least 500 mL (2 cups) of water every hour. Bring a water bottle with you because your festival will have some refill stations that can save you money and prevent dehydration.

What are you tips to fuel your fest? Share them on Twitter with #fuelyourfest or in the comments below!

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