Bonnaroo Announces Veggie-Friendly and Bacon-Heavy Food Lineup
Hamageddon at GoogaMooga 2012 by Marjana Jaidi
Manchester, Tennessee -- Bonnaroo has announced its food and drink lineup for 2014, with options so varied that everyone is sure to eat well all weekend. The festival will be increasing its vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, while maintaining the balance with the addition of Hamageddon, Baconland, and a Pulp Fiction-themed diner where you're sure to be asked, "burnt to a crisp, or bloody as hell?" Scroll all the way down to see the full food and drink lineup, or read on for details about the food areas and vendors.
If you're a vegetarian or keep kosher, don't even bother reading this paragraph. Baconland, new to Bonnaroo this year, will satiate any pork-lover's appetite, bringing in nationwide farms' wares in the form of "Bacon Flights." You'll be able to sample, for example, "thick sliced, dry rubbed, peppered bacon" from New Hampshire's Wellshire Farms, or Applewood Country Bacon "flown in" from Missouri's Burgers' Smokehouse. Local tastes will also be available, like Hickory-Smoked Tennessee bacon from Tennessee native and so-called "King of Pork" Allan Benton.
Before you gorge yourself on greasy BLTs, bacon grilled cheeses, and egg sandwiches, stop to admire Henri, the 4,000 pound, 22 feet long steel pig sculpture, called, appropriately, Hamaggedon. Henri will greet fans and bacon-lovers before they enter Baconland.
Personal chef to the stars (or at least to Rick Ross) Jeremiah Bullfrog will be creating a Pulp Fiction-inspired menu for Miami's gastroPod Diner in honor of the movie's 20th anniversary. This year, gastroPod will debut a mobile dining pod made of a shipping container, complete with a deck and outdoor seating. It will be located next to the Cinema Tent, so you can enjoy a Royale with Cheese, The Big Kahuna, or a Five Dollar Shake before attending a Pulp Fiction quote-a-long screening.
Don't worry if bacon and burgers aren't your thing, because the Food Truck Oasis will return this year with Bonnaroo veterans and newbies alike. Here's just a taste of what will be available: Roti Rolls will return with Asian/Indian/Caribbean/Latin/Southern fusion; The Big Cheese will offer gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches; or the Rolling Oven will serve Neapolitan-inspired pizza. Also, more than 70 vendors will be stationed throughout the farm, like the gluten-free vegan breakfast bar 99 potatoes, or creative cream puff company Puffs of Doom. Scroll down to see the full list of vendors, and check out Bonnaroo's website for a breakdown of vendors by location, as well as each of their menus.
If you're concerned about the ecological impact of your festival meals (you probably are, you're going to Bonnaroo), check out the Learning Garden and Solar Cafe, two sustainable eating-focused projects. The Learning Garden, located in Planet Roo, will teach you how to grow your own garden, while the Solar Cafe, a solar-energy-powered mobile cafe, will make its way through festival grounds during the weekend, offering smoothies, teas, juices, and vegetarian and vegan food options. These coincide with Bonnaroots Community Dinners, which are already fully booked but will feature farm-to-table southern heritage meals for groups of 100 at a time. Much of the food will come directly from Bonnaroo's own Victory Garden.
To wash it all down, stop by the Broo'ers Festival, the 12th edition of Bonnaroo's beer and cider tent. 25 craft breweries will give drinkers plenty of options to enjoy from across the country. Check out the full list of breweries below.
Food Vendor Lineup: Gepettos, Dia de los Tamales, Spicy Pie, Bayou Billy Jr, Full Service BBQ, Strawberry Fields Naturally, Siri Grill, Outback Kate's, Broadline Food Service, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Coco Bongos, Saigon Express, International Foods, Dan's Gourmet Mac & Cheese, R&C Thai-Chinese Bar.B.Q., Feel Good Foods, Itty Bitty Donuts, Pie for the People!, Dave's Mini Donuts, Jalepeno Corndog Concessions, The Benevolent Burrito, Thailand Express, Tee's Concessions, Eat Arepas, Ahli Baba's Kabob Shop, Prater's BBQ, Carnahan's Soft Serve, Swagruha Indian Restaurant, Hippie Dips, West Coast Events (and West Coast Events-Gyros, -Noodle Bowl), Phat Daddie's Cajun, Ears n Spuds, Baconland, The Amish Baking Company, Que Quesadilla, Dippin' Dots/Italian Ice, Puffs of Doom, Bearclaw Coffee Co., Plantroo Cafe by Crescent Foods, Gourmet Quesadillas by Chiwawa Restaurant, Viva la Fajita! Baja-Style Fish Tacos, Southern Concessions, Nader's Bistro & Grill - Greek and Seafood, Mr. S'More, Murphy's Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Just Brewed - Cold Brew Coffee, 2Sisters Foods, Poncho's Mexican Cafe, Street Provisions, Steak Boys Inc, Goatocado, Mouth Wide Open Food Truck, Shave Ice Snowie, Just Squeezed/Just Brewed, Crossroads Cafe, Wonder Waffle, Checkerboard Cheese, The Taco Tent Featuring Rev Coffee and Espresso, South Meets East Food Truck, 99 Potatoes, Asian Sensation, Bearly Edible, Solar Cafe, Peace Love Tacos, Compliments Food Co., Southernmost Falafel, Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse, Red Rooster Mobile Brick Oven, King of Pops, Alpine, Lemonade and Pretzel Carts, Begley Brats and Dogs, Bull's BBQ, Eatbox, Grazing Here, Rolling Oven, Roti Rolls, Savory & Sweet, The Big Cheese, The Cracked Truck
Broo'ers Festival Lineup: Asheville Brewing Co., Blue Moon, Brooklyn Brewery, Crazy Mountain Brewery, Crispin Cider, Elysian Brewing, Flat 12 Bierwerks, Founders Brewing Co., Good People Brewery, Harpoon Brewery, Humboldt Brewing Co., Jacob Leinenkugels Brewing Co., Kentucky Ale, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, New Holland Brewing, Ole Shed Brewing Co., Schlafly Beer, Sierra Nevada (returning with Bonnaroo Brew), Starr Hill Brewery, Sweetwater Brewing Co., Tennessee Brew Works, Terrapin, Woodchuck Cider, Yazoo Brewing Co.