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Festival Lifestyle: The Food Stalls of Byron Bay's Bluesfest

When you head to a camping festival like Byron Bay's annual Bluesfest, you're going to be immersing yourself in more than just music. At this five day festival there is of course plenty of drinking to be done, shopping, some arts and crafts, busking and activities for the kids...

...but one thing Bluesfest in particular has always been known for is it's excellent selection of food stalls. As we take a look back at the 2012 Bluesfest event, we thought we'd also have a reminder of the great food we enjoyed alongside the stellar lineup...

Above we have the Brazilian stand, which popped up a couple of years ago at the festival. At $14, the meals are a little more on the pricey side, but the quality of the meats (or tofus) on offer make it a very worthy purchase if you're not doing the festival on too much of a budget. The wraps are a delicious treat, too, although we found them far from filling. You can also get some delicious Acai drinks here.

The Japanese stall, above, gives plenty of variety - from teriyaki dishes and rice, soups, brown rice sushi and more. With an avocado roll starting from $2 and a meals from under $10, there's something here to suit all budgets.

The Chai tent, above, is a favourite of the festival, with cheap fruit (50c Bananas? Yes please!), affordable treats and delicious Chai. If you're a fan of the cinnamon drink then look no further. There's also Chai smoothies for those in need of a bit of dairy.

Owen's Noodles, above, is my favourite of the festival. Coming in at $11, the vegetarian noodle dish - with your choice of sauce (I haven't had a bad one there to be honest, though I usually go for the Laksa) - is a steal. It's a large, filling portion, and for $2 you can add a bit of Chicken to it. But honestly you don't need it. This is great value for money, and quality food to match.

Sate House have always offered fantastic selections of affordable chicken sate focused dishes at both Bluesfest and Splendour in the Grass. Virgin Mobile phone users may remember Sate House as the place they were able to get a free meal thanks to a special Virgin Mobile voucher.

Ya Man deliver one of the tastiest wraps you'll ever have, popping up not only at Bluesfest but also at other festivals around Australia, including Peats Ridge - where I rang in the New Year with not one but two of these suckers. The Yaman style is recommended, with the fillings encased in a crepe-like wrap that you're not going to be able to get enough of.

What festival wouldn't be complete without Govindas? Easily the best value for money meal at the festival - and you can even grab yourself a small bowl of curry or addictive kofta balls if you're not ready for the feast...

The new venue at Tyagarah has allowed the venue organisers to situate quite a few stalls under a tent at what they call the "International Food Court". With food easily surpassing what you would find at your average shopping centre, it's a great place to sit down and have a meal with your friends in between acts.

You haven't been to a Byron Bay festival until you've had the famed Organic Doughnuts. But a slight warning to those watching their figure: it's going to be hard stopping at just one. These tasty treats are an addictive snack... but thankfully a filling one. A great way to end a night in our opinion.

The Cajun Kitchen has been keeping Bluesfest punters happy for years, with its secret being their "Voodoo Sauce" that they use to cover their piles of chips, or cajun wraps. They also serve the only jambalaya and gumbo at the festival - a consistent favourite amongst punters.

Now a mainstay of the festival, The Groovy Souvi offers incredibly tasty wraps - though with it costing a couple dollars more than its neighbours, it definitely faces stiff competition. But with their slow cooking meats always pouring out some delicious smelling smoke, you always seem to end up here anyway. It's hard to say no to a good smell at a festival like Bluesfest...

One of the festival's newest entries, The Ja Joint, offered great value - not to mention tasting - dishes, filled with Jamaican style chicken, rice and peas. The flavours were plentiful and the servings were large enough to satisfy.

This is merely a taste (pun intended) of what Bluesfest has to offer. The only way to see it all is to come up to Byron Bay next year and experienced it in full.