While bands like Phoenix, Outkast, The Strokes, and Vampire Weekend had thousands of New Yorkers and visitors dancing all weekend on Randall's Island, Governors Ball Music Festival kept crowds energized and well-fed with an awesome line-up of edible options.
New York staples like Mile End Deli, which served variations of classic hot dogs including a spicy slaw dog with pickled cauliflower, Luke's Lobster, Momofuku Milk Bar, Aranici Brothers, and Pommes Frites were all present for outdoor finger foods. Lines loomed long at stands serving traditional festival food, like crispy chicken strips from Sticky's Finger Joint and funnel cake and corn dogs from Jalapeño Dog.
Food trucks from all over the city, including Korilla BBQ, Phil's Steaks, AsiaDog, Coolhaus, and of course, Mr. Softee lined up in a shady oasis, giving concert-goers the opportunity to try New York's best mobile treats all in one place. Perhaps a Randall's Island food festival, along the lines of Smorgasburg should be in the works...
Past the food trucks and main stages, a more gourmet side of the festival tempted concert goers with foods that would actually need a (plastic fork) to enjoy, including a pork belly ramen from Jack's Sliders and Sushi, papaya salad and spicy coconut rice balls from Khe-Yo, and hearty short rip and portabella sandwiches from a New York Noodle hotspot, L'Apicio.
The key to any music festival, in addition to great eats, of course, is staying hydrated, but in between bottles of water, Stack Wine ($10 for a glass, $38 for a bottle), proved a perfect unshatterable way to enjoy California red and white outdoors, and it will now be at the top of my summer picnic basket. Free cocktailes from Don Julio tequila were available in the Freeloader's Lounge, along with (paid) burritos from Calexico.
With an incredible music lineup in 2014, Gov Ball totally provided the food to match!