Hi again! Yesterday, I posted about all of the amazing vegan food I enjoyed at Bonnaroo this past weekend. Pizza, burritos, samosa, and ALL THE FRIES. Bonnaroo — a 4-day music & arts fest in Manchester, Tennessee — is super vegan-friendly. But it IS a festival, and that means "festival prices." One order of fries ran me $10 (granted, they were covered in peanut sauce and onions), and my burrito was $12.
That means I have to eat a few meals at the campsite to save money. Paul and I always camp in guest camping, which is a VIP area for press, artists, and vendors. It's in a lovely wooded area with easy access to town, so we usually make a daily drive out to Walmart. There aren't many shopping options in rural Manchester, and the Walmart becomes a haven for fest-goers looking to restock beer and ice, cool off in the A/C, and use flushable toilets. It's amazing how fancy a Walmart bathroom feels when you've been using porta-potties for days.
Anyway, my point is, snacks and cheaper food are easy to find outside the fest. I typically bring a lot of instant meals with me, but I usually buy a few more treats at Walmart. I brought one of those Go Picnic Meals to enjoy in the car on the long drive to Manchester. This had a small container of black bean dip with plantain chips, a package of edamame/sunflower seed/pepita trail mix, a package of banana chip/crystalized ginger/candied peanuts mix, and an apricot fruit strip. Great car snacks!
On Friday morning, I had my first breakfast at camp. I have a portable gas camping stove that I always pack, and it's great for boiling water for oat cups and soup cups. On that morning, I had a Summer Berries Oat Cup with Berry Almond Butter and a Black Cold Brew Coffee.
On a trip to Walmart on Thursday, I picked up some Black Bean & Jalapeno Hummus with Baby Carrots to keep in our cooler. I had some of this for lunch.
And I also had a Namaste Vegan Broccoli & Cheese Soup cup. This was noochy and amazing! It came in a Vegan Cuts Fitness Box that I'll be blogging about soon.
On Saturday morning, I had more oats! This time, it was Bob's Red Mill Blueberry & Flax Oats with Wowbutter. Both of those were also in that Fitness Box. Another Black Cold Brew Coffee too. This meal powered me through a 10 a.m. outdoor yoga class on the festival grounds.
Lunch on Saturday was more hummus/carrots with a Dr. McDougall's Vegan Chicken Ramen soup cup. YUM!
On Sunday, I woke up craving something savory. I had more oat cups in my bag, but instead, I opted for a Dr. McDougall's Vegan Tortilla Soup. This had baked chips already in it, but I crumbled a few more Que Pasa Jalapeno Lime Chips on top. Because chips!
That's it for my camping meals. The rest of my meals were overpriced festy meals, but they were oh-so-worth it!