Can you bring outside food into Coachella as 2022 prices skyrocket?

Darcy Rafter April 19, 2022
Can you bring outside food into Coachella as 2022 prices skyrocket?
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The highly anticipated Coachella festival in Palm Springs, California, is about as Instagram worthy as it gets. However, judging by the food prices you may have to drop a hefty sum on snacks before they make it to the Insta-story. This has led festival go-ers to wonder, can you bring outside food into Coachella?

After being cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic, Coachella is finally back for 2022. The festival takes place over two weekends, starting on Friday, 15 April with performances by Harry Styles, Doja Cat and Daniel Ceaser, who brought out Justin Bieber.

The festival draws crowds from across the globe but how many fans are willing to splash a big dollop of their weekend spending money on a burger? Let’s explore some of the less glamorous details about the festival following Coachella’s first weekend.

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Can you bring food into Coachella?

No, you are not allowed to bring your own food or drink to the festival. However, if you are camping on-site you can bring food and drink in your vehicle, which would save a lot of money as you could eat meals in-camp. Each Indio bottle of water costs $2 but there are several stations where you can fill your water bottles for free.

The Coachella eating experience

For those who have day passes, you may need to save up for Coachella food. Insider reports you could be waiting in a queue for more than 40 minutes to buy food, claiming a small slice of cheese pizza cost a reporter $11 and an order of fries and onion rings set them back $26.

One festival-goer claimed on Twitter that you could be forced to eat on the ground due to a lack of seating and shade:

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Best eateries at Coachella

The Coachella app has details of what food vendors are operating at the festival but rest assured vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options should all be available from multiple stalls.

Some of the favourite brands from the first weekend included Sweetfin Poke, Hattie B’s, Todo Bien, Trill Burgers, Van Leeuwen, Slutty Vegan, All Dat Dim Sum and Bolo. There was even a seafood party set menu for just $65 per person…

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.