|fresh fruit at a festival|
The food the following year at Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary weekend in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin was no better. Food in the VIP area mostly consisted of nachos.
Things were looking up in 2012 at the Sasquatch Festival. The view at The Gorge is unparalleled to any other concert venue that I have visited. And perhaps because I was on the west coast, food options were better than what you would typically find at a large concert stadium. In addition to the hot dogs, there were soba noodles and Mongolian beef bowls. Happily, lineups for food were short as well.
|food options at Coachella|
Improvements in food options at music festivals have been getting better over the years to meet growing dietary needs, as well as inviting local chefs to participate. Lollapallooza in Chicago has their food offerings catered by Graham Elliott.
Which brings us to 2013. Hello Coachella. Certified organic produce at the campground farmer's market, food trucks, multiple coffee options and a selection of meal choices made by local vendors that are similar to those found in your mall's food court. However, prices remained overblown, like you would find at any other concert venue.
Here's what the husband and I ate over three days in the desert.
We also grabbed two grilled cheese sandwiches from the Manglers Meltdown. The Philly cheese was full of roast beef, caramelized onions and peppers with some horseradish aioli for dipping. The portobello melt was my favourite -- the mushroom was meaty and you could taste the balsamic marinade, add the gooey cheese and it was the perfect snack. And as a nice change from the usual fries, we bought a side order of tater tots.
By the third day, we opted for a lighter lunch from the Green Truck -- an organic food truck. The husband opted for the mother trucker vegan burger, which was served on focaccia with pickles and a beet sauce. I tried the chicken pesto sandwich, a plain chicken breast with delicious pesto mayo and arugula.
|sandwiches from the|
Served in 12oz coffee cups, this ice cream delivered the caffeine and sugar that I needed to make it to 2am.