Having spent days on site over the years setting up, running and breaking down events, I thought I would take a light-hearted look at how event managers should feed themselves during events, particularly events where they are on site for more than 2 days.
So what should event managers be eating to maintain peak condition: to keep them functioning right at the top of their game: despite often-long hours at the helm. As I am sure, you are aware there is plenty of advice around on what to eat. There is advice from Dietitians, Nutritionists, Olympic champions and even Chefs! All of them agree about the need to keep your energy levels up by eating plenty of carbohydrates, taking on water and a snack whenever the opportunity arises. This of course is good advice.
BUT after 20 years of event management and literally hundreds of hours spent wandering around muddy parks, hanging out in porta-cabins (when every other sane person as long since gone) the only food I want, nee crave, is junk food! The sweeter or stodgier it looks the better. I want all the food types I generally don’t like or buy. Naturally all this junk food has to washed down by endless cups of coffee, none of which I actually ever finish. Added to this heady mix is usually a box of chocolates – brought for the team! In may be curious to know whether all this junk food actually keeps me functioning at ‘peak’… well that’s for others to tell you.
My wife however has spent years trying to ensure I eat well while on events duty and so always provides me with a selection of good, wholesome foods. Alas the lure of the Bacon Butty, Dinky Donuts is too strong or I too weak. So my food parcel often goes unopened (please do not tell her).
So what should you eat? My advice (not my practice) is eating what you can whenever you can. Do drink plenty of water, eat energy bars and fruit, as and when time allows. Perhaps more importantly do make sure you eat a decent meal before you get on to site… it will be last proper meal for a while. If in my case you want comfort food, then eat it….I just do not advocate it as something you should do every day.
If you are wondering, what the combination of junk food, coffee, chocolate and no sleep makes you feel like… pretty rubbish actually. However, it is only ever a temporary condition and nothing that some good food and some sleep cannot put right quickly.
So till the next time – keep on delivering the best events you can. If you wish to share this blog, then please feel free to forward it to any of your contacts.
About the author. Chris Powell, The Event Expert designs and delivers in-house event management courses covering all types of business and public events