What does BYOF stand for?

Bring your own food

When you invite someone to an event where no food is provided, you can tell them that it is "BYOF," which stands for "bring your own food." It is one of many "BYO" acronyms, along with "BYOB," "BYOL," "BYOD," and "BYODKM."People often send it via text message, post it on social media, and real-life invitations when inviting people to a get-together.

Where did BYOF come from?

BYOF is a variant of the common BYOB acronym but flips it around to inform attendees that they should bring their own snacks, dinner, etc., instead of expecting it to be provided. It has become more common in the 2010s as people attending breweries to consume alcohol can bring their own food or purchase it from food trucks.

How do I use BYOF?

Most people utilize it via text message, post it on social media, and include it in actual invitations to a social gathering. Some instances where you would use BYOF include getting together for an impromptu hang-out, and you don't have any food to share, or you are grilling in the backyard for a neighborhood party and want people to bring their own food to grill.


Party at my place! I got the drinks but BYOF!

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Updated May 26, 2021

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