Every corner of the country has a few signature foods—New York’s delis, Philly’s cheesesteaks, Buffalo’s chicken wings, Southern barbecue. Getting a real taste of America’s best regional eats requires a whole lot of legwork.
But never have these all-star foods come together in one place—until this weekend. This Saturday, June 13, the first annual Great American Food & Music Fest
will convene at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
Orchestrated by food writer and blogger Ed Levine of Serious Eats
, the all-day festival draws the best vendors and chefs from all over the country: Katz’s Deli
from New York, Tony Luke’s
cheesesteaks and roasted pork sandwiches from Philly, Anchor Bar
wings from Buffalo, Texan barbecue from Southside Market
, Graeter’s Ice Cream
from Cincinatti—and much, much more.
“To be able to get all this food, without getting on a plane or going on a road trip, is really what makes this whole thing special and unique,” says festival mastermind Ed Levine.
While a celebration of American food, the Fest has a local component, too—Bay Area chefs like Nate Appleman (of A16
) and Nancy Oakes (Boulevard
) will be on-hand. Aida Mollenkamp, Anne Burrell, and Guy Fieri of the Food Network will make appearances, while Bobby Flay will be the master of ceremonies. And for music to eat by, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Little Feat, and Marshall Crenshaw will all perform.
Food festivals these days are a dime a dozen, but rarely has one been so ambitious. "It's the Super Bowl of American regional foods,"
said San Francisco Chronicle
food critic Michael Bauer. “People are getting the maximum deliciousness per square inch,” Levine adds. And saving in airfare, too.
Get tickets here; enter the promotional code “FoodFest” and get $5 off.