Gone are the days of bland burgers on stale buns with a side of flavorless fries – music festival food has gotten a serious upgrade (and we couldn’t be happier). We started to notice this trend a few years back when visiting famous San Francisco fest, Outside Lands. From the start, they honored local restaurants, beer and wine companies to showcase some of the best food the Bay Area had to offer. The emphasis, of course, was still on the music, but also highlighted all forms of art – live mural painting, stand-up comedy, and, yes, culinary art. As eaters became pickier and Instagram food blogs multiplied, other festivals followed suit, including NYC’s Gov Ball.
Cookie Do – Surely you’ve heard of the edible cookie dough craze that’s sweeping the nation! Not only is it totally dough-licious, but we only had to wait 15 minutes in line for it at Gov Ball (instead of 3 hours at their NYC shop)!
Mister Dips Burger – It’s not the most photogenic of festival foods, but don’t let it’s simple looks deceive you. This is a totally solid burger. And for only $6 it was by far the cheapest thing we ate at the festival.
Tacombi Tacos – Don’t even want to taco ‘bout how many of these bad boys we scarfed down this weekend. Oh, and the chips and guac were the perfect thing to snack on while sitting on a picnic blanket and taking in some tunes.
Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding – Ohhhh yeah baby. Magnolia’s best pudding flavors (vanilla, peanut butter, confetti, etc.) + a ton of toppings (Nutter Butters, say what!) = the Nilla Wafer-filled sugar rush of your DREAMS!
Roberta’s Bee Sting Pizza – Uh huh, honey. Hot honey, that is, drizzled on top of delicious mozzarella and soppressata. Roberta’s Pizza is without a doubt, our favorite NYC pie and a Gov Ball essential.
And don’t forget the drinks! Don Julio brought margaritas, palomas, and more delicious cocktails on tap to keep festival-goers well-hydrated.