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bobchella
03-04-2011, 01:46 PM
I'm doing research for what makes for a great festival food program and wondered if anyone else had anything to add to a few facets i've found important.

A great festival food program should have....
Variety in cuisines
Quick service
A few focused items per kiosk
Nothing too heavy, rich, or cheesey
Frozen drinks/Smoothies
Items appropriate for the expected weather/complexities of outdoor food prep & service

Can anyone point out anything i may have missed thanks! :)

bobchella
03-04-2011, 01:49 PM
Also, reasonable prices

Courtney
03-04-2011, 01:51 PM
-reasonable price point
-quality ingredients
-options that highlight local businesses and food regional specialties

Bonus points if they get somebody cool to curate the food choices.

chairmenmeow47
03-04-2011, 02:24 PM
a d e q u a t e

s p a c e

Boourns
03-04-2011, 02:31 PM
No such thing as too cheesy

bobchella
03-04-2011, 02:35 PM
No such thing as too cheesy

Ha. Truth

eureka
03-04-2011, 02:47 PM
Austin City Limits has the best eats out of any festival I have ever been to!
http://www.aclfestival.com/experience/food/
http://thetastingbuds.com/2009/10/austin-city-limits-food-mini-roundup/
All items are delivered and sold by local Austin restaurants.
Lines for the most popular stuff got long at times, but if you were in a hurry you could always find something fast and tasty.
Quality was great and prices were reasonable.

bobchella
03-04-2011, 02:47 PM
Thanks Nomdekt!

bobchella
03-04-2011, 02:50 PM
although i'm afraid that second link is broken

unknown
03-04-2011, 03:11 PM
I had my first taste at UK fest food last year and WOW it was delicious. I would say variety is key - not only in the types of food that are offered overall but at each vendor. One of the most delicious items I tried was a smoothie made fresh with pineapple and mint. Also, the savory crepe for breakfast (freshly made with cheese and onions). So many options from Indian to Thai to Greek to Italian. A good sized portion is always nice! Oh and the paella I tried was bomb.

PrettyRagdoll
03-04-2011, 03:40 PM
Does it look like it will send me running for the portos? = Don't eat it.
Price-to-food ratio
Does it smell/look good

gaypalmsprings
03-04-2011, 03:42 PM
burgerittos

Boourns
03-04-2011, 06:10 PM
I had my first taste at UK fest food last year and WOW it was delicious. I would say variety is key - not only in the types of food that are offered overall but at each vendor. One of the most delicious items I tried was a smoothie made fresh with pineapple and mint. Also, the savory crepe for breakfast (freshly made with cheese and onions). So many options from Indian to Thai to Greek to Italian. A good sized portion is always nice! Oh and the paella I tried was bomb.

Oh hell yes.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/frankatcoachella/g10.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/frankatcoachella/g33.jpg

I am going to miss these, especially with there being no Glastonbury next year. I wonder how the food is at Primavera.

The best Coachella food I had was in 06-08.

Runlinds
03-05-2011, 09:09 PM
VEGAN+VEGETARIAN food PLEASE!! I don't feel like eating heavy shit that makes me feel like ass when I'm trying to have energy to walk in heat.

bigbolton
03-06-2011, 12:03 PM
Aside from the food at New Orleans Jazzfest being incredible, I always appreciated the ability to purchase a half or whole portion from just about any of the food vendors there. It makes it far easier (financially) to try more than one thing, and also to snack throughout the day. That one option makes the whole experience more fun.

bobchella
03-06-2011, 01:00 PM
Interesting!

socalguy100
03-06-2011, 01:47 PM
Nothing that's messy to eat.

bobchella
03-07-2011, 07:52 AM
Anyone else have any insight? I'm trying to wrap up my research today!

PlayaDelWes
03-07-2011, 07:53 AM
It's not a festival unless they've got a prime steakhouse
http://foodfrenzy.ocregister.com/files/2010/04/ruthschris.jpg

bobchella
03-07-2011, 08:04 AM
Wow, Nice! What did they have? Steak sandwiches? Filets?

PlayaDelWes
03-07-2011, 08:34 AM
Steak sandwiches.

OK, since you're light on content, here's my 2 cents on what makes a good food program.

Variety
Even more important than variety is capacity. Lines should not be a burden.
Food in multiple locations.
Water everywhere and respectfully priced.
Lots of places to sit down and eat (fenced off areas around the food courts to direct people who are not eating to remain outside of the food court, yet ability to be entertained while you eat)
Trash cans that are emptied often.

bobchella
03-07-2011, 10:57 AM
Thank You!!! Great stuff!!!

bigbolton
03-07-2011, 11:15 AM
Minimal packaging/wrapping. The more of these big events I go to, the more the waste depresses me. Soup in a bread bowl = win. A pita/tortilla wrapper that needs just a small piece of paper around it = win. Biodegradable utensils = win. We all have to get on the same page with this and insist that events like Coachella do everything they can to reduce their environmental impacts.

elbrycen
03-07-2011, 11:48 AM
reducing environmental impact is expensive... i would rather pay a little less for my food and make your grandkids pay for it.

Stickjohn
03-07-2011, 12:09 PM
Aside from the food at New Orleans Jazzfest being incredible, I always appreciated the ability to purchase a half or whole portion from just about any of the food vendors there. It makes it far easier (financially) to try more than one thing, and also to snack throughout the day. That one option makes the whole experience more fun.

+1 This helps with decision making

bobchella
03-08-2011, 08:57 AM
Thanks for all the great insight friends! Great stuff

davrone
03-08-2011, 09:33 AM
Pizza. Lots of it.

Gigger
03-08-2011, 09:43 AM
Good Mexican.