The Best Food Vendors at Coachella 2014
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Indio, California -- The first Coachella weekend of 2014 is just four days away, and it's pretty much guaranteed to be epic. Seriously, this lineup is so damn good that attendees will face a strong urge to forego eating to catch more music, but must fight that urge because the festival is bringing some pretty sweet food options this year.
Festivalgoers have access to different spots depending on what kind of pass bought and whether or not camping is involved, so we've brought you a comprehensive guide for all of your Coachella food needs.
If you bought a GA ticket this year, the first place to check out for good eats will be The Terrace, which will feature a Pop-Up Restaurants section with cuisine and booze. Some of the ones to look for include Night + Market for Thai food and cocktails, Crossroads for Mediterranean and vegan, and Mexicali Taco & Co. for baja style tacos. You should also check out Beer Belly, Tony's Darts Away, and Mohawk Bend for gastropub style food and beer in addition to the Coachella Cantina Restaurant, a staple of the festival's cuisine. The Terrace will also have a YURTs section featuring too many sweets options to even list.
You'll also find some great food trucks in the Beer Garden section, including the Aloha Plate Truck, which won Food Network's Great Food Truck Race, Kogi BBQ for Korean tacos, Mangler's Meltdown for grilled cheese sandwiches, and Me So Hungry for gourmet burgers and fries.
You shelled out the extra cash for that VIP ticket, so make the most of it. If you're hanging out in the VIP Rose Garden, check out the cuisine of Chef Josef Centeno, who runs three restaurants in downtown LA, as well as KazuNori (SugarFish) for sushi and The Church Key featuring various modern international food items. Be sure to hit up the Semi Sweet Bakery for dessert as well.
You'll also find plenty of food trucks designated for VIP ticketholders located in the back portion of the Beer Gardens, so here are the ones that look the best. Umami Burger meticulously crafts their signature patties with their Master Sauce to bring you "what you wanted before you even knew you wanted it." Also check out Cousins Maine Lobster, because who wouldn't want a lobster roll in the middle of a California Music Festival? For something healthier, there's Seabirds Kitchen for organic foods, or you could cool down with Coolhaus Gourmet Ice Cream.
If you hit the campsite this year, you'll find a bunch of simpler food options. Coachella's Camping Counter will be open for breakfast (7am-2pm) and late night munchies (10pm-2am) and will feature Stumptown artisan hand roasted coffee and Clover Juice Bar if you're looking to start you're festival day off healthy. You'll also find Short Order at the counter, serving typical Americana cuisine with organic ingredients for all of your burger, salad, and wrap needs.
The campsite will also have a Farmers' Market with fresh, pesticide-free produce as well as fruits, baked goods, and snacks to stock up on in the mornings (7am-2pm) as well as a General Store open 24 hours a day. You'll also find a couple of food trucks in the area, including Oooh La La Crepes and Good Times Ice Cream Truck.
Coachella will take place April 11-13 and 18-20, and tickets are sold out for both weekends. If you're looking to eat around Indio outside of the festival or the best places to crash, shop, party, or best ways to get around the festival, check out our Coachella 2014 Festival Guide.
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