3 Tips to Eating Gourmet Camp-Style

By Jennifer Dawson

The latest stats prove that Australians don't just enjoy top quality food and beverage when attending food and wine festivals; in 2017, it was reported that the average citizen dines out two to three times per week at one of the 85,000 available places to eat. Additionally, research has found that Australians are now looking for healthier and modern foods when they choose to dine outside the home. For those who prefer “foodie” cuisine on a regular basis, it’s important to be able to enjoy quality foods and beverages outside of a food festival or restaurant setting. This even means bringing restaurant-style cuisine to an outdoor setting.

If you are planning a camping trip in the near future, you don’t have to compromise your love of gourmet food during your excursion. Use the following three tips to serve incredible meals every night.

Prepare ingredients in advance

Making quality food for an outdoor adventure doesn't have to be as challenging as it sounds.  One of the biggest obstacles to cooking delicious meals while enjoying the outdoors is prep work. Whether you are staying in a tent or a cabin, physical space and kitchen equipment is always limited. As a result, completing tasks as simple as slicing bread, cutting fruit, and blending ingredients can be extremely difficult. Prior to leaving home, decide which meals will require prep work. The day before, carefully consider which items can be prepared in advance. Not only will you save yourself time and frustration, but you will also be able to elevate the quality of each meal.

Plan thoughtful food and beverage combinations

In order to have truly exceptional meals while camping, you must consider each pairing. Just as you would expect your favourite restaurant to carefully plan each appetizer, entrée, and dessert, your meals will also begin with this kind of preparation. Plan to serve wine, charcuterie, and cheese? Explore recommended pairings online or consult with someone who works with wines/cheeses at your local store. Firing up the grill? Choose the highest quality meats and explore gourmet seasoning options that fit your taste preference. Also, decide which desserts will fit in best with your appetizers and entrées. With a bit of thoughtful consideration, your menu for each night of camping will impress your fellow foodies.

Utilize the latest technology

Whether you are new to camping or a seasoned pro, the latest foodie technology can be a lifesaver. From portable espresso makers to dehydrated organic gourmet meals, foodies have discovered creative ways to enjoy exceptional cuisine in almost any setting. Browse some of the latest products available in stores near you or online to see which will be most useful during your next adventure.

In order to enjoy quality foods during your next camping trip, it pays to plan in advance. Preparing your ingredients prior to leaving, planning food and beverage combinations, and utilizing the latest technology make it easier than ever before to turn the outdoors into your own private five-star restaurant.