DofE participants putting Wayfayrer expedition food to the test.
DofE participants putting Wayfayrer expedition food to the test
Wayfayrer is the number one outdoor food in the UK, and now features on the DofE Kit List, from 1 January 2019. Wayfayrer food includes a range of meals and puddings that can be packed safely in a rucksack and eaten on expeditions, filling you up with no hassle cooking.
We decided to see what one group of hungry participants thought of Wayfayrer by giving it a taste test on their expedition training day.
What is expedition food?
Expedition food provides a substantial pre-cooked meal to those on outdoor adventures such as DofE expeditions. Ready straight from the pouch, Wayfayrer meals come in sixteen different flavours, so there’s something for all taste buds.
It’s important to note that expedition meals cannot be used to cook your meal in camp, as planning and preparing a meal is a condition of a DofE expedition. However, they are great for a warming breakfast or energy boost on your journey.
The Trinity School Taste Test
Trinity School in Carlisle have been running The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for many years and currently have 114 young people doing their DofE. In February they were running an expedition training day with Jo Roberts, Leadership and Expedition Support Officer, from the DofE North office, and we thought it was a great opportunity to get Wayfayrer in front of them to see what would be a winner with hungry teenagers.
Thirteen participants volunteered to take part and between them they tried a wide range of flavours including: All Day Breakfast, Chicken Tikka & Rice, Vegetable Chilli, and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
It was interesting that before the session ¾ of the group weren’t aware that special expedition food packs even existed. However, we then asked them what they thought they would need to think about when planning what food to take on expedition they knew what they needed:
‘High energy, health, easily carried, small packaging’
‘Something that’s high in carbohydrates to give me the energy for walking’
‘Small and compact but easy to cook and tastes good!’
Even though, Wayfayrer food can be eaten hot or cold it was no surprise that the majority would want to eat the food hot. As Wayfayrer is just warmed up in hot water within its packaging, and eaten straight from the pouch, participants can have a warm meal without any washing up.
So, what did they think?
Beans in a rich tomato sauce with pork sausages, diced smoky bacon and omelette - a great hot breakfast option
Charlie: “Huge chunks of bacon and has a nice bean sauce. It tasted great.”
Dorina: “The food was high in protein and the beans were nice.”
Chicken in a rich tomato & coriander sauce with long grain rice - ideal for lunch stops
Neve: “Tastes very nice and doesn’t taste like it has come out of a packet.”
Lochlan: “Spicy, creamy and tastes like it’s been cooked fresh.”
A light and fluffy chocolate sponge covered in chocolate sauce - a sweet treat to boost energy levels
Charlie: “Very chocolatey and squishy. The chocolate sauce was warm and sweet”
Ethan: “The food was very good, and I’d take it on expedition.”
The taste test was a great exercise, not just to try out the Wayfayrer meals, but to get the participants thinking about food and nutrition for their expedition.
The good news is that 80% said they’d take consider taking them on expedition. With each person trying three meals, there wasn’t a firm favourite and they liked;
- The wide variety of flavours available
- That there are tasty vegetarian and vegan options
- Most of the group said they’d eat it for breakfast, lunch or while walking
“It didn’t take long to cook and was filling. I’d take it on expedition for lunch.” Emma
“Really nice – good mixture and obviously can be eaten all day.” Harry
“Would take it on expedition for my pudding as it was so easy to make.” Daisy
Event organiser and expedition expert, Jo, gave her feedback too, “What a fantastic day and opportunity to try so many different flavours of the meals. I didn’t realise how many varieties there were. I can’t wait to use them myself on my next expedition, especially the chocolate pudding!
The students had a great day, they really enjoyed trying them all, smiles on their faces despite the cold wet weather. No one left feeling hungry that day! It was great to see everyone involved and how easy the meals are to cook, giving the students a different outlook on expedition meal time.
Easy to pack and good value for money – I would recommend them for DofE expeditions. Three different people could have three completely different meals all being cooked and eaten at the same time with reassurance that if you don’t cook them long enough, they are still safe and tasty to eat.”
Don’t worry about going hungry on your expedition. Download the expedition meal planner to plan breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for everyday of your expedition.
Make the most of your expedition kit when it comes to planning and cooking your meals. Our ‘eating on expedition’ poster gives tips and advice on stoves, cookware and even snack ideas.
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