Best Food at Bonnaroo
When I am getting ready to go to a music festival I do two things; 1. make a list of performers I want to see and 2. make a list of the food I want to eat. This year was my first time heading to Bonnaroo and I had heard such good things about the food, music and vibes I couldn’t wait to get there and experience it myself.
Before getting into the food, I’ll tell you a bit about the Bonnaroo experience :) Taking place in Manchester, TN, it’s referred to as “The Farm” and for good reason…it ’s legitimately on a farm. While some people stay in the town nearby (at extremely overpriced hotels) the majority of festival goers camp either in a tent or an RV. I highly suggest camping with an RV, which I’ve done at previous festivals, but not at Bonnaroo. Instead, we camped in a tent, and let me tell you - it got very hot and very cold and very noisy at 4am. But it’s all apart of the experience and I would 100% do it again.
The lineup at Bonnaroo is always top notch; a few of my favorite performances were The Revivalists, Trombone Shorty, Eminem, Moon Taxi and Due Lipa.
Now time for the food…
There were a few food vendors on the list that I had tried at previous festivals and knew would be delicious, so I started with a familiar spot - Peachy’s Baking Company (formerly The Amish Baking Company). Trust me when I say, you’ve never had a doughnut like this one. Being that they are a local to Florida company, I have been lucky enough to eat these doughnuts on multiple occasions including the Florida State Fair and The Strawberry Festival. Melt in your mouth and the size of your head, what more can you ask for?
I had these mozzarella sticks at a previous festival and knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try them again. The mozz sticks were absolutely delicious but the real show stopper here was the fried cookie dough. We were expecting all the dough to be chocolate chip, but as we bit into these beauties we discovered there were actually three flavors - chocolate chip, funfetti and chocolate chocolate. 10/10 would eat again.
My love of southern food is very, very strong. So when I saw the fried gator and cheddar jalapeño hushpuppies there was no stopping me.
If you don’t like tots, I don’t think I can like you. The Super Tot Truck is truly super with a tot combo for anyone’s taste. I went with the Taters Gonna Tate - topped with garlic aioli, grated parmesan, green onions and truffle oil.
Mac n Cheese Stuffed Pretzel. Enough said.
MAC N CHEESE ON A STICK DRIZZLED WITH HONEY SRIRACHA. Worth yelling about and I would travel a far distance to eat again.
When I asked for recommendations on what to eat at Bonnaroo, these were highly recommended. Crispy on the outside and filled with gooey goodness on the inside, they did not disappoint. I tried the nutella banana bread, spinach and feta and buffalo chicken.
While standing in line contemplating what to get a fellow festival-goer recommended the Biscuits with Crimini Mushroom Gravy. I’m glad I took her advice, I think these were gone in about 1 minute.
So, that’s what I ate at Bonnaroo - not too much right?