What does BYOF stand for?

Bring your own food

If you’re invited to a get-together and the host says it’s BYOF, it means you should pack your own meal. BYOF is short for “Bring Your Own Food”. It’s part of a group of acronyms that start with “BYO”, like “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Beer), “BYOL” (Bring Your Own Lunch), “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device), and “BYODKM” (Bring Your Own Desk and Keyboard Mouse).

People usually use this term in text messages, social media posts, or even in traditional paper invites. It’s a way of letting guests know they should plan on bringing their own meal or snacks, instead of assuming the host will provide everything.

BYOF became popular in the 2010s, especially among people who visit breweries where you can bring your own food or buy from food trucks. It’s a handy way to make it clear who’s responsible for the food at a gathering.

For instance, if you’re planning a spontaneous catch-up with friends and don’t have any food prepared, you can use BYOF. Or if you’re hosting a neighborhood barbecue where everyone’s supposed to bring their own food to grill, BYOF is the perfect term to use.

Example for using ‘BYOF’ in a conversation

Hey! Are you free this Friday evening?

Yeah, I have no plans. What’s up?

Great! I’m thinking of having a movie night at my place. πŸŽ₯🍿

Sounds fun! Count me in! Should I bring anything?

Yes, it’s BYOF, so bring your own snacks! πŸ•πŸ₯€

Got it! I’ll bring some chips and drinks. πŸͺπŸ₯›

Perfect! See you on Friday then! πŸ€—