The Music Festival Food Revolution

Long gone are the days of corn dogs, funnel cakes, and wheat thin samples (I still loved you, Bonnaroo ’10) at summer music festivals. Thanks to the artisan food revolution that has taken shape over the past few years, food is now considered by many to be as much of an art form as music. Many of the summer 2012 music festival websites feature food vendors right alongside the musical artists, almost as if they were co-headliners of the event. Just last month, Googa Mooga was held in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and attracted over 10,000 people. The high attendance level was not solely based on the music and food- this event was free of charge in a city where nothing is free. Nonetheless, the musical acts were easily trumped by the food vendors. Just as many people were clamoring to get a glimpse of April Bloomfield fabricate a whole pig as there were listening to The Roots perform their newest single, The Otherside. Included among the 73 food vendors were Blue Ribbon and their unmatched Fried Chicken, Alla Spina’s mortadella hotdogs with spicy pickled cucumbers and cabbage, and one my favorite hidden NYC gems: Num Pang’s Cambodian sandwich shop.

Veal Meatballs with Jasmine Rice, Basil, and Stewed Tomato Sandwich
Num Pang Sandwich Shop
Greenwich Village, NYC

At San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival in August, fried pork skin sandwiches (chicharrones) will be consumed with as much gusto as cheeseburgers at the 4505 Meats Stand. The Brass Knuckle will be serving their famous Snoop Dogg: a bacon-wrapped  hotdog with spicy ketchup furikaki, bonito flakes and slaw. Who says dried fish and hotdogs don’t go well together? The Bay Area’s best and most interesting food vendors will be jamming right alongside artists such as Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Fitz and the Tantrums, Skrillex, and Regina Spektor from August 10-12 at Golden Gate Park.

“Zilla Style” Hot Dog
4505 Meats
San Francisco, CA

These are of course just a few examples of food offerings at music festivals this summer. Check out the festival websites beforehand and be sure to plan out your meals to ensure you experience all of the food AND music this summer!

Click HERE for quick links to most of the 2012 Music Festivals.


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One Response to The Music Festival Food Revolution

  1. Mary Fitzpatrick says:

    That veal meatball sandwich looks so good! Music festivals would be the last place I would think to find really great food!

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