A little bit of planning made our whole Firefly experience lot easier. There wasn't as much vegan fare available as we had hoped there might be, but we had planned ahead and it all worked out for the best. We definitely didn't go hungry while we were there, that's for sure.
What We Ate:
- Black Bean Tacos
- Chips and Salsa
- Fresh Fruit
- Fresh Veggies with Hummus
- Curly Fries
What We Drank:
- So. Much. Water!
We kept it pretty simple with our food. Most days before we went into the festival, we ate at camp. We brought our small propane camp stove, and it came in super handy. We used it to make black bean tacos with corn and tomatoes, as well as oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon. We used little single serve boxes of almond milk for the oatmeal.
We also brought two coolers with us- One for drinks and one for food. This way, we didn't have to keep opening and closing the food cooler - This helped us avoid food spoilage due to temperature changes.
In the food cooler, we had Tupperware containers full of chopped celery, carrots, and cucumbers. When we wanted a snack, we dunked the veggies into some hummus. We also brought bananas and apples, which held up pretty well in the heat. Another thing we had that made our lives super easy, was a couple of containers of salsa and some good tortilla chips. For extra protein, we brought Clif bars to toss in our bags for the day.
At "The Hub", our camp's one-stop drinks/snacks/pharmacy/bar/local act stage/shower/restroom area, we also found Hippie Dips - An adorable tie-dye filled stall offering up smoothies, fresh fruit, and sandwiches. Josh and I both had a couple of "Vegan Breakfast" smoothies, which were pretty yummy, and perfect for standing in the hour long shower lines. (Which leads me to ask...Have I mentioned the shower situation? SO RIDICULOUSLY FUNNY. Another time, another post ;)
We didn't really eat much inside the festival gates. I did spring for some curly fries and barbecue sauce a couple of times, but that was about it. Honestly, I wish that there had been more tasty, vegan options. It was probably for the best that there wasn't though, because we were able to save money and just eat what we had brought with us.
As for the drink situation, a little bit of foresight went a long way. When we were purchasing our tickets online, we had the option to add two Camelbak water bottles (each with it's own funky Firefly artwork), as well as two Firefly branded bandannas, to our purchase. We were able to pick all four items up once we got to the festival. We just went up to a desk inside the gates, gave our names, and received our stuff.
The bandannas came in handy later on, when the dust began to fly around like crazy. Even with them, we were blowing our noses a week later and still filling tissues with dirt.
But the water bottles...They were a godsend from the start. We found Camelbak branded filling stations everywhere - There were a couple at the Hub near our camp, and several scattered around the festival grounds. After hours of walking around in the sun, dancing in the heat, and sweating our butts off, we would have been ridiculously dehydrated. That is, if we hadn't run to the nearest filling station before and after every set, to refill our beautiful new water bottles. The lines at these surprisingly awesome little stations were usually pretty long, but moved quickly. I love that this was something that was offered. I can't imagine having to BUY all of the water that we consumed that week. It would have cost us several hundred dollars if we were buying single bottles of Aquafina or whatever they sold at concession stands.
So, if you ever decide to visit Firefly, be sure to bring your reusable water bottles and lots of non-perishable vegan snacks. Doing so will have a very positive impact on your experience. No one wants to be the guy passed out in the middle of a set, starving and dehydrated. No one wants to be sitting in the first-aid tent rather than standing in the front row rocking out with their favorite band. Be smart! Brings protein-filled snacks. Stay hydrated! Have fun!