Maimi’s GastroPod to Participate in Bonnaroo

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Just one of many trucks in Bonnaroo’s Food Truck Oasis

This will be the truck’s third year participating in the event.

People aren’t just going for the music at Bonnaroo this year.

The music & arts festival, located an hour outside of Nashville in Manchester, Tennessee, will be supplementing the immense musical talent with a roster of food trucks and an extensive beer list.

Miami New Times is confirming that GastroPod is one of many trucks slated to appear at this year’s event, driving the mobile kitchen 850 miles from Miami. According to their Twitter, the long trip began on June 8th where they wrote “Bye Miami! We are Bonnaroo bound.”

The winner of Miami’s Best Food Truck in 2010, GastroPod will provide hungry music enthusiasts with new menu items such as the turboDawg and Dirty Chips, kettle chips cooked in pork fat and served with spicy mayo.

This year, GastroPod will appear alongside Food Truck Oasis veterans from all across the states, including North Carolina’s Eatbox and Tennessee’s Petro’s Chili & Chips.

Avoid getting overwhelmed and check out the Daily Meal’s Bonnaroo Survival Guide!

"I&aposve eaten too many soggy chicken tenders at shows. There&aposs no excuse," says Kerry Black, the most food-fixated Superfly member. He travels the globe seeking amazing music and food combinations� satay after a rare performance by Painkiller at Holland&aposs North Sea Jazz Festival Hog Island oysters with My Morning Jacket at Outside Lands. Black&aposs goal at Outside Lands is for the food and wine to be as big a draw as the music. Highlights this year: Arcade Fire, Farmerbrown&aposs Little Skillet catfish po&aposboys, Namu&aposs Korean tacos and the Wine Lands tent.

Courtesy of jiggy.com/Bravado Entertainment

Best Food-Music Moment

Black on his most incredible experience: "When I was 22, I found myself at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland eating a delicious steak at the table next to Herbie Hancock at 1 a.m., after seeing The Headhunters reunion with Carlos Santana sitting in." What could top that? "My dream dinner would be at Chicago&aposs Alinea with a reunited Led Zeppelin."

Food Truck

"In June, the Food Truck Oasis at the Bonnaroo festival had six trucks that came from all over the country. Miami chef Jeremiah Bullfrog&aposs gastroPod was probably the closest I&aposve come to eating at El Bulli."

Courtesy of Abita Brewing Company

"Abita Amber takes me back to my college days in New Orleans."

"I&aposm addicted to Foster The People. Honorable mention: Seattle&aposs Ryan Lewis and Macklemore."

"Old-vine Mourvຍre is the wine equivalent of the band The Meters—old-school Southern funk."


"When I&aposm in New Orleans, I go to Dick & Jenny&aposs for the garlicky escargot."

When the music stops and the last food stall closes at Outside Lands, Black heads to San Tung Chinese Restaurant near Golden Gate Park. "It&aposs Chinese food at its best. Who knew string beans could taste so good?" Wine director Peter Eastlake checks out more live music at The Independent and then stops in at Nopa. "They have a great wine list and serve food until 1 a.m."

We Have Hit Peak Music Festival Food: Bonnaroo 2015

Once upon a time, nobody gave too much thought to the food options at a music festival. Load up the car with a cooler, beer and snacks, hope for a place slinging pizza, corn dogs or burgers, assume there will be additional beer for purchase and voilà: You survive for three to five days, see 15 bands and accumulate ungodly layers of sweat and sunscreen mixed with dirt while doing so. You’re probably too high to care what you’re eating, anyway. That’s because it’s 20 years ago, and nobody gives too much thought to the food options at a music festival.

Fast-forward to the present day, and not only are festivals considerably more numerous, widespread and well attended around the country, but you’re now hooked on a device armed with a comprehensive festival app that features a Yelp-like food-rating feature, because 18 percent of your phone time is used for posting pictures of food. If you happen to be in Manchester, Tennessee, at Bonnaroo, where I spent most of last week, there are three nights of upscale locally sourced long-table community dinners, nine food trucks, 24 craft breweries and 80 food vendors (not counting the pretzel, arepas, ice cream, Italian sausage and shish kebab sellers all over the festival grounds). Oh, and one of the food trucks has a freaking wood-fired pizza oven inside it. On the wood-fired pizza: local farm-grown vegetables and prosciutto. Welcome to peak music-festival food. You don’t have to ask if it’s sustainable/vegetarian/gluten-free/grass-fed. It simply is, because that’s what we’re into.

Now in its 14th year, Bonnaroo is held on a 700-acre farm about an hour’s drive from Nashville. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll,” the festival draws the biggest names across all genres of music to one idyllic locale for four days. Bonnaroo also draws the biggest names from across all genres of food. For example, outside the beer tent lies BaconLand, a stand hawking the best pig candy in the country, including Vande Rose Farms, Wellshire Farms, Nueske’s, Burger’s Smokehouse and Tennessee’s own renowned Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham. Not only is Benton’s served, but it’s talked about in the line to get your bacon-on-a-stick flight, infused doughnut or grilled cheese. As in, “I’m not just fixing to eat a skewer of five bacon slices, I’m fixing to eat a skewer of five of the best bacon slices in the country.”

Five of the best slices of bacon in the country. Count ’em.

The food trucks drive in from all over, as far as Ohio, Utah, Kentucky, Virginia and Illinois, and run the gamut from healthy options to loaded poutine and wood-smoked barbecue to sauce-covered meatballs. Every last truck earned and maintained a 100 percent health rating, and Roti Rolls, an award-winning Charleston-based truck that makes tacos with Indian flatbread, had a line a dozen deep every time I passed it.

Friendly staff at the Roti Rolls truck The Roti Rolls truck from Charleston, South Carolina, sells tacos made with flaky Indian flatbread and filled with pulled pork, kimchi and Cajun mac ‘n’ cheese.

“It’s been great here — people are super-responsive and open to the different kinds of food we’re serving. All our vegetables are from GrowFood Carolina, which is this great middleman between local farmers and restaurants,” says Shelly, “all-around person” at Roti Rolls, who was manning the register very happily. Seriously, she was in a great mood, blasting music out of the truck, dancing, offering extra napkins and calling out “Enjoy, y’all, happy Bonnaroo!” Everyone serving food was in a great mood. When I went to get a shish kebab, I asked the grillmaster how it was going. “Beautiful,” he said, with a grin, “because of people like you. Thanks for asking — enjoy.” I enjoyed my kebab AND his T-shirt. When I went to get a mozzarella-stuffed arepa, the griddle lady said, “Hang on just a second I’m going to make yours nice and crispy.” Where on earth was I that I was being told to enjoy my food and not to go fuck myself? Oh right, a food-centric music festival in the South. Where else does a Silent Disco transform into a gastroPod pop-up by Miami chef Jeremiah Bullfrog, with Disco Inferno Dogs and Soul Train Sandwiches with Groovy Mayo? Perhaps I was finally home.

The friendliest dang shish-kebab master in all the land

Speaking of home, Brooklyn’s own Heritage Radio Network (which operates out of a humble but powerful shipping container in Bushwick) was very much in attendance, hosting a series of food and beer talks on the Solar Stage. On Sunday, I sat on a panel called Crowd Sourced: An Open Mic for Food Rants, Raves and Readings, where food media professionals spoke about the state of food media and fielded audience questions. Turns out, the people who attend Bonnaroo are the kinds of people who would like to see the media world direct its attention toward food deserts, nutritional assistance programs and responsible ingredient sourcing. After assessing the culture of eating around the festival in the days prior, I could have called that response from a mile away.

The most memorable meal of the week was undoubtedly the on-site BonnaROOTS Community Dinner. In partnership with Eat With Equity and Oxfam, the BonnaROOTS dinners were offered nightly at a long table populated by dedicated food enthusiasts. The bluegrass band playing on the adjacent Solar Stage shouted us out as we chowed down heartily on course after course — a cheese board with brie, pimento, strawberry jam and pickled vegetables, salad loaded with brined farm eggs and Benton’s country ham, pulled pork and creamy black-eyed-pea grits and berry-topped buttermilk panna cotta pie — much-needed nourishment after traipsing around a massive festival in the summer heat, and all sourced from within 200 miles of the farm.

Garden pickles, pimento cheese, brie, candied pecans and strawberry jam Salad with local lettuces, Benton’s aged country ham, and brined farm eggs The table at the BonnaROOTS Community Dinner

Sitting next to me was a chicken farmer, Brian Hann. This was his 12th Bonnaroo. Believe it or not, he biked there from home.

“We live in south Knoxville, where Byron and Kiki Sambat opened Knoxville’s first food truck, the Savory and Sweet Truck. They use our eggs and have been coming here for a few years now. Our chickens are crazy, wild chickens, the happiest chickens you’ve ever seen. They live better than we do — they even have their own watchdog. They pick on the dog a little, but he doesn’t seem to mind.” Asked whether he thought festival attendees had come to expect this level of quality from the food served on site, Hann proudly replied, “Well, fresh eggs will spoil you. Once you start eating fresh eggs, there’s no way to go back to the kind you get at the grocery store, and I think people have come to expect that level of really good fresh food from the festival because Bonnaroo has always worked with farmers to get better food to the people. There’s no going back now. Hopefully folks learn a thing or two.”

A thing or two, indeed. So committed is Bonnaroo to feeding its people well that I ended up eavesdropping on the guys manning one entrance as they talked about what had been served for the staff meal the night before.

“They’re taking care of us, for sure,” says Javier Ingel, who drove from Austin to work at (and enjoy) the festival. “Three meals a day. Sausage, eggs and biscuits in the morning, chicken lasagna last night that was really good, even in the heat. Lots of snacks. Nobody’s going hungry, no ma’am. I think that’s why everyone working here is happy.”

Food-centric moments seemed to be everywhere. Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch stopped the show halfway through and invited new pal Jon Hamm on stage to toss gummy bears into his mouth, causing about a quarter of the audience’s female population to immediately stampede to the backstage area. My hosts, Birmingham, Alabama’s Good People Brewing Company, dropped fresh slices of ripe peach into cups of their superb Bearded Lady wheat ale and called it sangria. Festivalgoer, dedicated beer enthusiast and my longtime friend Laura Potter, who came along for the ride, was an outspoken fan of the beer tent, with close to 50 brews on tap — and in the shade, no less! “I tried so many new delicious beers at the Broo’ers Tent from breweries I had never had the fortune of trying. Arepas saved my life more than once,” Potter said. Everywhere you looked, there was some sort of feast for the senses. And you know what? The porto-potties weren’t so bad, but then again, I’m saying that in retrospect, from the comfort of Food Republic headquarters, home of toilet paper.

Now flash back to the time nobody cared what they ate at a festival. I asked my dad, Pradeep, a fiendish live music fan, what he subsisted on at Woodstock 1994.

“1994 was a revival of what started in 1969 — they were trying to replicate the whole ‘feed the people from the earth’ thing, so there was a lot of tofu, broccoli, nuts, beans and legumes…and it all tasted like cardboard. There was pizza, hot dogs and burgers, too, but people wanted to think about what eating at Woodstock meant, which was ‘don’t eat processed, unhealthy stuff,’ so there ended up being more people eating crappy untasty food than unhealthy food in the spirit of being Woodstock-y. We didn’t bring enough food to last us, so one night we jumped the fence, went into town and bought rotisserie chickens.”

Bonnaroo This Weekend – Did You Get Your Ticket?

This weekend will celebrate the 10 th anniversary of Bonnaroo, a 4-day music fest in Tennessee. On a 700-acre farm in Manchester, music enthusiasts will gather from June 9 to June 12 for a celebration of song, food, movies and water. (See entire music line-up below)

Food Trucks that feed the streets of the South East will be feeding the Bonnaroo crowds. To name just a few, Taco Bus from Tampa Bay, FL will serve their “Mex-Mex” cuisine, Good You from Kansas City, MO is said to be grilling up the famous Kansas City’s best burger among its organic offerings, Pot Kettle Black from Charleston, SC prepares specialty sandwiches themed from various parts of the US and Gastropod’s will come up from Miami, FL and Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog will whip up some of his highly credentialed goodies including short rib sliders, slaw bits and white-corn arepa.

The event is also said to have a Cinema Tent offering movie action and a Splash-A-Roo, a 40 foot high, 175 foot long inflatable waterslide, for some water fun.

Tickets have sold out for this year’s event, but if you bought your tickets early, here is the complete list of musicians you are about to enjoy.

Maimi’s GastroPod to Participate in Bonnaroo - Recipes

You will periodically see reports here from our Cobaya Gourmet Guinea Pigs dinners. The "mission statement" of the Cobaya group is a simple one: "to get talented chefs to cook great, interesting, creative meals for an audience of adventurous, open-minded diners." I usually don't draw much attention to Cobaya over here at FFT, but I think we've got a particularly exciting one in store at the end of this month. Normally the chef, the menu, and the location of the Cobaya events are kept under wraps, but in a break from the usual routine, we're lifting the cloak a bit and letting you know who will be our chef for the evening.

If you're an avid follower of contemporary cooking discussions, you will probably already be familiar with Aki Kamozawa and Alex Talbot, the couple behind Ideas in Food. Ideas in Food is a culinary consulting business, it's a blog, and it's now a book as well: Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work. Alex and Aki are relentlessly creative and their ideas are a frequent source of inspiration to other chefs. A quick browse of the blog will give a good idea of some of the things they're up to. Just in the past week, for example, a series of ideas on using a whole fish: crispy roulade of black bass with potato-ricotta gnocchi glazed in oxtail butter with avocado mosaic seasoned with yuzu and cayenne linguine with black bass head in XO sauce bone-in bass loin with smoked citron marmalade, potato oil and ribeye jus bass collar with pickled watermelon rind and coffee cured watermelon sauce bass belly cured with surryano ham . dang. Their recently released book has also gotten national attention, including in the NY Times, and has some great practical tips and recipe ideas for home cooks and professionals alike.

Alex will be in Miami and cooking a Cobaya dinner, with some assistance from the gastroPod, on Saturday, February 26, 2011. And we're pretty excited. More details, including how to request seats (still might be a couple left), can be found here: experiment #10 - CobayIdeas in Food - 2/26.

If you're intrigued, please keep in mind some important points that are part of the disclaimer for every Cobaya event: There is no "menu". There are no choices. You'll be eating what the chef chooses to make for the night. If you have food related allergies, strict dietary requirements, religious restrictions are salt sensitive, vegetarian, pescatarian, or vegan don't like your meat cooked medium rare, or are pregnant: this meal is probably not for you. Do not expect white-glove service. Don't ask for your sauce on the side. Just come and enjoy.

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Miami is really gearing up for the upcoming season's worth of parties.

To keep up with all the festivals and events, we suggest easing into the weekend with a casual happy hour on Friday (and we just happen to have discovered two new, fabulous ones).

Then, on Saturday, partake in a little brunch and culture (with a splash of fun) in Coconut Grove before heading to the beach for LuckyRice, a feast for all senses.

On Sunday, we see meat in your future. Start out with a beefy brunch, followed by a whole lot of P.I.G. goodness.

Gin-Centric Happy Hour at the Traymore

When you come to think of it, Miami should steal gin away from the Brits as their adopted spirit. It's light and perfect for a warm afternoon, yet so much more complex than vodka. With that in mind, maybe it's time to head out to the Traymore Restaurant and Bar at the Metropolitan by Como, for its new gin-forward happy hour. Tonight (and every night) from 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy signature cocktails for $10 each select wines by the glass for $8 and house liquor for $8. Head bartender Jack Araque's favorite libations include a Collins Park, made with 209 gin, St. Germain, lemon, watermelon, and basil a Traymore 1939, made with Noilet's gin, rosemary syrup, orange Curacao, grapefruit, and pomegranate or a Miami-style Singapore Sling, made with Gordon's gin, Bendictine, Cointreau, cherry, and pineapple. Want a custom creation? There are more than 40 imported gins from around the world to choose from, along with a fully stocked bar of every other spirit under the sun.

Toscana Divino Shucks For a Buck (Bubbly Too)

Do you have champagne wishes and oyster dreams on a beer budget? Head over to Toscana Divino tonight for its Friday oyster and champagne happy hour. The Mary Brickell Village restaurant starts the weekend off right with a Friday celebration that features one-dollar oysters, shucked to order and $8 glasses of prosecco, served from 6 to 8 p.m. Boss give you a raise? Celebrate with a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne for $75 (usually $120). There's also $3 beers, $5 select wines, $6 cocktails, and bar bites starting at $6.

Lucky Rice Festival

The big deal this weekend is LuckyRice, hosted by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. On Saturday, November 15, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., celebrate Asian food and cocktail culture (with a bit of Latin spice mixed in) poolside at the Raleigh Hotel. Participating chefs/restaurants include Morimoto, Khong River House, Hakkasan, Juvia, the Bazaar by Jose Andres, the Federal, SushiSamba, Katsuya, Lure Fishbar, and Barley & Swine. In addition, eight of Miami's best mixologists will serve cocktail creations made with Bombay Sapphire East and other featured spirits. Tickets are $88 for general admission $150 for VIP and can be purchased at luckyrice.com. And remember the dress code &mdash wear something in firecracker or chili pepper red. You really don't have to, but why wouldn't you want an excuse to party in a pop of color?

If you want to get in the mood to party, why not start the weekend by making Lucky Rice's signature "Year of the Horse" cocktail with this recipe below?

LuckyRice Signature Year of the Horse Cocktail: The East Hibiscus Buck

  • 1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire East
  • 1.5 oz hibiscus tea
  • 1.5 oz ginger beer
  • 2 squeezes fresh lime

Build all with ice in a highball glass. Garnish with lime wedge and lemongrass stalk.

Mad Hatter Arts Festival and Nutella Pancakes

Take that hat box off the shelf and dust it off, because you're going to want to wear it to Coconut Grove this weekend for the annual Mad Hatter Arts Festival. The festival, based on Alice in Wonderland, of course, happens this Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Barnacle. Your $2 admission gets you entertainment and an arts festival including a drum circle, live music, and hat contests. To fortify your day, we suggest starting off at Coconut Grove's iconic Greenstreet Cafe, located right across the street from the Barnacle for a stack of Nutella pancakes ($8) and a Greenstreet Mary ($8), their own, verdant-hued take on the classic breakfast libation.

Butcher Shop Brunch

If you like your brunch a little "beefier" than the usual frilly affair of poached eggs and fluffy waffles, try Butcher Shop's new brunch. The Wynwood meat palace starts brunch service this weekend. Served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the menu features a butcher's take on the same old brunch items. For instance, there's a prime burger Benedict a smoked rib, bacon, and egg platter house-made sausage and eggs chicken and waffle sliders and walnut-crusted French toast.

Join some of Miami's best chefs at Brisky Gallery as they celebrate all things P.I.G. Brad Kilgore (Alter), Conor Hanlon (The Dutch), William Crandall (Azul), Jamie de Rosa (Tongue & Cheek), Todd Erickson (Haven), Kris Wessel (Oolite), Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House), James Strine (Cafe Boulud Palm Beach), and host Jeremiah Bullfrog (GastroPod) get piggy with it on Sunday, November 16, at 3 p.m. when they showcase their talents and creativity with pork. Of course, there's plenty of beer (courtesy of Jonathan Wakefield), wine (courtesy of Uvaggio), and booze to wash it all down with. Purchase tickets ($50) at chefjeremiah.com .

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If you could grant Chow Down Grill's Josh Marcus three wishes, he would ask to run a Chinese restaurant, a sushi restaurant, and a Jewish delicatessen.

It seems as though Marcus's dreams will come true when his original Chow Down Grill in Surfside transitions into Josh's Deli & Appetizing. The interior won't change much (Marcus is installing some TV sets so diners can chew on the news while they nosh on their pastrami), but the concept is doing a complete 180-degree turn.

Josh's Deli & Appetizing will offer deli standards such as pastrami and corned beef -- only this time they'll be cured in-house by Marcus. Smoked sable, salmon pastrami, and pickled mackerel (all the New York delis have dibs on the best herring to pickle, according to Marcus) will all be on the menu, which features modern twists on old-time deli favorites.

Overstuffed sandwiches will range from traditional pastrami on rye and burgers to fresh takes on old favorites such as the Jewban (pastrami, pork, house-made pickles, mustard, and Swiss) and the Trickey Rickey, a sandwich made with homemade head cheese. Sandwich prices will range from $8 to 12, appetizing items $6 to $8, and nothing will cost over $14.

Josh's Deli & Appetizing will be open daily for breakfast, lunch, and

early dinner, with brunch served Saturday and Sunday. After hours,

Marcus plans to host pop-up restaurants each month, with Gastropod's chef Jeremiah Bullfrog taking over the kitchen for the first one.

blend of established chefs and up-and-coming chefs wanting to showcase

their talents. The popups are going to be true popups -- a few days,

maybe a week. To me, if a popup is doing business for six months, it's

a restaurant, not a popup," Marcus says.

Both Josh's Deli & Appetizing and the Jeremiah Bullfrog popup will open in April, right after Passover.

are some positive changes in the works for Chow Down Grill South Beach as

well. Joe Bacero will head the kitchen. Baceo's resumé includes

Doraku and Bond Street. Sushi items will be introduced, as well as an

extended menu of specialty cocktails, designed to be paired with Chow

For now, Marcus will spend the majority of

his time at the Surfside location, still working on recipes and menu

items. "I've spent the past three months of my life eating pastrami

sandwiches. I'm not complaining."

Here's a sneak peek at some of the menu items at Josh's Deli & Appetizing:

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Maimi’s GastroPod to Participate in Bonnaroo - Recipes

Just in time for Art Basel, Miami is finally hopping onto the trend du jour, as not one, but two, food trucks are hitting the streets.

First: gastroPOD, a mobile gourmet kitchen from Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog. The one that will be roaming Wynwood this week is actually not the official gastroPOD - a vintage Airstream trailer getting outfitted with a bleeding edge kitchen with all the latest bells and whistles - but rather a backup, the "Shiny Twinkie". But it's still all nice and shiny, and it'll still be putting out good vittles - if you're lucky, some of the banh mi style trotter tacos we sampled at the P.I.G. Fest. You can follow the gastroPOD on twitter at @gastroPODmiami.

Next: Latin Burger and Taco, from Food Network celeb Ingrid Hoffman. You could get the recipe here, but you couldn't have someone serve it to you from a truck - until now. She promises "It'll be like nothing you've ever seen." Which might actually be true, if you've never left Miami. You can find Latin Burger on twitter at @LatinBurger.

Already on the road: Feverish Ice Cream, traveling around in a Scion xb laden with frozen confections, and this week offering strawberry basil popsicles (for Art Basel, naturally). Feverish is also on twitter at @FeverishMiami.

I've heard there's at least one more mobile food vendor heading Miami's way soon. Keep your eyes peeled.

In this community, another massive culture shock for me, everyone admires each other from a distance. No one will be yelling vulgar comments and there is no sexualization of the body, just simple admiration of the natural beauty of each individual.

Save The Whales, Save YourselvesTaylor Boes

Women walk around topless, men shirtless and everyone wears very little clothing because it's hot as Hell in Manchester. People of all shapes and sizes flaunt what they got, with their heads held high and any insecurities to the wasteside. It was breath of fresh air to walk around in what would normally be considered revealing clothes and face not an ounce of judgement or vulgarity from others.

That being said, this community is by far the most accepting group of people I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. People are there for the experience, the music, their friends, etc. so no one cares what your hair looks like, if you have makeup on or if you sweating like a pitcher of ice in the desert.

I was free to be completely natural and I loved it. This experience gave me a new found acceptance and confidence in my God - given features that I can carry back into my daily life.

It's A Small World Taylor Boes

That being said, the most amazing aspect of Bonnaroovian culture is the amount of love within the community. Everyone is overwhelmingly polite, kind and friendly. I made friends with complete strangers every single day I was there, I danced freely in crowds of people where I didn't know anyone and I was totally comfortable being by myself.

It was such a liberating feeling to just let go, enjoy each moment fully and to purely be the person I've always longed to be, my true self.

Permanent SmilesKatie Gailbreath

No one will bother you if you're walking alone, even at night. The most someone with say to you is, "Happy Roooooo!" or they may ask if you need help finding your camp if you're looking lost. Everybody helps one another and there is so much compassion floating around that my heart was completely filled to the brim all four days. The pure joy on my face which shined through a full on, toothy smile remained for the entirety of the festival and still, has yet to vanish.

Aside from the amazing culture at Bonnaroo, THE MUSIC!

It was unreal to be front row, within reach of some of my favorite artists, people I have listened to for months and years.

Music Moves The HeartAdina Beslagic (Pictured: Taylor Boes)

One of the best things about Bonnaroo also, is that there are so many opportunities to fall in love with new artists and new genres of music. I, for example, was not expecting to love the EDM music but ended up having some of my favorite experiences at those performance and even found some new artists who will be making frequent appearances in my playlist from here on out.

I could write a book about my experience at Bonnaroo. It was truly an incredible four days filled will an abundance of love, self-discovery and talented artists making unbelievable music. I think this is something everyone should experience in their lifetime.

I went in a totally different version of myself than I came out and I have to credit this experience for giving me the opportunity to learn lessons of who I am and who I want to be.

Three BeautiesKatie Gailbreath

I am, sincerely, a better version of myself because of my time on The Farm and I feel so much closer to being the purest, most honest version of me. I advise giving yourself an opportunity to experience Bonnaroo (or any other music festival) so that you too can understand the obsession.

Happy Roo, my 2018 Bonnaroovians! Stay weird and beautiful.

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Drinking With: Kerry Black, Co-Founder of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands

With summer imminently approaching, we thought sharing a drink with Kerry Black, co-founder of entertainment group Superfly and creator of top-notch music festivals, Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, seemed appropriate.

‘Roo kicks off in Manchester, TN on June 11th with headliners, Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, and Florence and the Machine. Bonnaroo’s more refined west coast sister, Outside Lands, which begins August 7th, features artists such as Elton John, Wilco, and The Black Keys.

I caught up with Kerry to hear about the biggest discrepancies between the two festivals (if you’re planning to go to either of these, he sums up the distinctions perfectly), how he goes about scouting restaurant and drink vendors, and the menu of a day in the life of Kerry Black. Let’s just say he doesn’t dislike bacon.

36 Gifts and Gadgets For Anyone Who Loves Drinks

You have an awesome job! What’s your daily role in the production of Outside Lands and Bonnaroo?

I work on the festival identities, programming the talent (music, culinary, etc) and our amusement / decor projects like the Cinema Tent & Snake & Jake’s Christmas Barn at Bonnaroo and GastroMagic at Outside Lands.

Cool. Since you booked all the bands, which artists are you most excited to see perform at the ‘roo and Outside Lands?

SLAYER. I am also really excited for the SuperJam this year at Bonnaroo, a theme I have wanted to do for a long time! At Outside Lands, I’m looking forward to Tame Impala, RL Grime, Twin Peaks and the Beignets & Bounce Brunch (fans have to twerk for their beignets).

Sounds like something Miley Cyrus would love. What are the biggest differences between the festivals?

The camping—by far. At Bonnaroo you have people living on site for four days straight, so there is more of a freewheeling intensity to it, while Outside Lands is a bit more refined with all of the great food and drink options. Bonnaroo is the dank beer to Outside Land’s elegant glass of wine.

With festival season approaching, what’s your drink of choice in the summer when you’re listening to tunes?

I’m not really a Summer drink kind of person, but I have been drinking a lot of Boulevardiers (Bourbon, Campari & Sweet Vermouth) since they are easy to make and bring to any level of party/hang. But my crutch is the Sazerac.

What’s a menu in the life of Kerry Black look like? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks?

Cocktail: Bacon Infused Old Fashioned

Or at least that is what I wish it could be.

So you hate bacon, I get it. New Orleans is where Superfly got it’s start. New Orleans is also loved for its amazing food and drink scene. What are some of your favorite bars/restaurants there?

The list is endless! My favorite of the classics is Bayona and Sazerac Bar. Cochon and Cure are great of the new school bars. For a decidedly non-New Orleans but epic gastro meal, hit Square Root. Some less well known favorites: Pho Tau Bay for Vietnamese (closed but moving to new location), Coop’s for the Duck Quesadilla, Willie Mae’s Scotch House for Fried Chicken, Adolfo’s for Italian and Charlie’s Steakhouse. Snake & Jake’s and The Saint for bad decisions.

Awesome. How did you go about scouting locations for both festivals? What were you looking for?

When we came up with Bonnaroo, we liked the idea of doing the festival in the South because both Superfly, and our partner, AC Entertainment were located there, and it was centrally located and easy to drive to from a number of surrounding major cities. We thought that was key for a camping event. From there, we looked at sites across a bunch of different states, but The Farm in Manchester seemed special. There are also more operational advantages, like being next to the interstate and only an hour from Nashville.

For Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park was the obvious choice being so iconic, beautiful, and smack in the middle of the city. It took us a while to secure it, but it was well worth the wait!

At both festivals, the food and drink is pretty epic. Basically, this isn’t your standard stadium beer and hotdog fare. How do you go about scouting vendors for both festivals to give attendees such and amazing experience?

For Bonnaroo, we have always worked with some great local spots like Prater’s BBQ, but have also enjoyed bringing in food trucks to expand the offering. Our concessions team looks at many food trucks local to the region, but also works with places like GastroPod, by Jeremiah Bullfrog from Miami, who did a Pulp Fiction-themed menu last year. We have also brought in some favorites from NYC over the years like Roberta’s, who programs and serves the Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Barn, and Eddie Huang a few years ago.

For Outside Lands, Ari Feingold leads the charge with input from our team and our partners at Another Planet Entertainment. We of course always start with restaurants or chefs that inspire us, trying to add new spots every year to keep it interesting. We started the GastroMagic stage last year as a way to work with even more chefs and give them a unique marketing opportunity with some off the wall and fun programming.

Jillian Scheinfeld is a writer and interviewer living in Brooklyn. By day she’s a publicist for a nonprofit and by night you can catch her at a concert or practicing yoga. See past work here and follow her tweets @jillianschein

8 Snacks Every Music Festival Fanatic Swears By

Music festival season is going to be here before we know it, and Bonnaroo is the place to be. This festival includes four days of nonstop music, new friends, camping, and getting hella turnt. Sounds pretty awful, right?

The first year I attended I was a little worried—what the f*ck was I going to eat? I knew I needed legit nourishment if I was going to be without a kitchen four days straight. For anybody heading to Bonnaroo, or any music festival this upcoming summer, here are some great food options to keep you rocking all weekend long.

Pasta Salad

Photo by Daniel Schuleman

Pasta salad was my favorite meal to have. You can beef it up with veggies, cheese, and anything else you’d like. Use a vinegerette, like in this arugula and mushroom pasta recipe, and it will stay good for the whole weekend! There’s nothing simpler to wake up to when you’re tired, sweaty, and perhaps a little hungover.


Homemade falafel patties were a really filling snack to have. It’s especially good for those eating meatless. This fresh Israeli veggie salad would go along perfectly.


Cheese sticks are super handy to keep in the cooler. Grab two or three to take on your walk through the camp grounds. You’ll get much more calcium from this than a handful of Cheez-Its.


Since Bonnaroo happens in June, it’s really damn hot, and you’re not gonna want heavy foods. Fresh fruit is light and keeps you feeling clean, despite the fact you probably haven’t showered in at least 48 hours.


Slap together some good ol PB&J for a speedy fix. When you roll into your tent late at night with the drunchies, this will be perfect.

#BonnarooTip: There’s an infamous 24-hour vendor on the campground that sells $1 grilled cheese!

Homemade Trail Mix

Photo courtesy of neighborfoodblog.com

Trail mix is kick-ass when you need something sweet, but also healthy. And, it’s the king of camping snacks. Make your own so you can satisfy your hunger in whatever way best suits you. Here are some killer trail mix combinations to get you inspired.


With all the potential snackin’ and drinkin’ you may participate in during the day, you might wake up with a funky stomach. Settle your gut with some yogurt.

Photo by Katherine Carroll

We campers are going to need some protein for energy, and a handful of nuts is a perfect way to go. Plus, they go great with beer. Breakfast of champions, am I right?

Don’t get stuck with only beer and gummy bears in your cooler after the second day of the festival. Staying nourished is super important, and passing out isn’t worth missing that surprise late night Skrillex set. Happy festival season.

Watch the video: VLOG: Roadtrip to Tennessee, camping and Bonnaroo music festival! (August 2022).