What to chew at Bonnaroo!


Manchester, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival consisted of four days, and three nights of literally nonstop music, and sweltering sunshine. The unforgettable hippie-fest attracted over 90,000 people this year, so you can imagine all the hungry stoners. Fortunately, the mobile food quality on the 700-acre farm didn’t disappoint.

The ensemble included food pop-ups from NY chef Eddie Huang, as well as a bigger than ever Food Truck Oasis with trucks from all over the South, as well as Kansas City’s “Good You” truck serving organic, urban street food sourced by local farmers. Further, you could wash all that down at the Broo-ers Festival, housing craft beer from over 25 breweries across the U.S.

Newest festival finds included Hamageddon and BaconLand, offering a bacon flight serving quality selections from all over the country; including, BLT and baconlicious grilled cheese.

Call me cheap, but my taste buds had the best experience amidst the 70 food vendors scattered throughout Centeroo, and throughout the campgrounds. Perhaps the appetizing aroma as I walked passed or the not-so subtle approach of yelling, “Come get this Gyro girl, you know you want it!” won me over.

Either way that 1.5 mile journey back to my tent was much more tolerable knowing I could indulge in the comforts of a giant chicken gyro, a cheap grilled cheese, a flavorful teriyaki bowl, or traditional meaty tacos on my walk home.

The amazing music, half-dressed, very sweaty people, and delightful culinary offerings left this virgin roo’er satisfied.

Stefanie Penn

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