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Bonnaroo’s Best Bites

Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 13-16, 2013) kicks off today with its most exciting culinary lineup yet. To enhance the more than 80 live performances during the four-day festival, including those by Mumford & Sons, Bjork, Wilco, The xx, and Pretty Lights, the festival introduces FatBack Collective and Snake and Jake's Christmas Barn curated by Roberta's Pizza, as well as brings back the beloved Food Truck Oasis and Broo'ers Festival.

?The FatBack Collective, an initiative resting upon culinary leaders' deep love and respect for pork, will come to Bonnaroo this year. The FatBack Collective, named after the fatty cut of meat that comes from the top of a pig, aims to challenge the status quo, build community and support farmers, artisans, and progressive causes.

Originally born in the South, FatBack now counts chefs, restaurateurs, thinkers, and entrepreneurs from beyond the region among its hallowed ranks, including notable figures, such as James Beard Award winner John Currence and Raleigh's Ashley Christensen.

At Bonnaroo, Alabama-based Jim 'N Nicks Bar-B-Q will lead FatBack at Bonnaroo with a different chef from the Collective roasting a whole hog each day. Fans will also be able to hang with the pitmasters and glean valuable insider tips.?

?Drawing from Bonnaroo's Founders' New Orleans roots, the festival is also bringing New Orleans' best dive bar, Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge, to the farm and transforming it into a barn. To help the cause, Brooklyn's famous Roberta's Pizza will style the "Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Barn" with funk and flair, reveal their new "Roberta's Party Pizzas" to fans, and bring ample entertainment - courtesy of TIKI Disco and FULL SERVICE.?

Food Truck Oasis

Back for its third year, Food Truck Oasis has quickly become a fan favorite known for serving up some of the region’s best mobile-made bites. The Food Truck Oasis is found on the west side of Centeroo, between "This Tent" and Splash-A-Roo.? Participants include:

?Eatbox (Asheville, North Carolina) a prize truck known for top-notch meatballs. Serving: Meatballs, Meatball Sandwich, Breakfast? ?

Gastropod (Miami, Florida), a gourmet food truck with fusion cooking and an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients. Serving: Short Rib Sliders, Pulled Pork Sandy, Curry in a Hurry, White Corn Cake? ?

Petro’s Chili & Chips (Knoxville, Tennessee), loved for its original take on chili bowls, known as Petro Bowls. Serving: Petro Chili & Chips (regular, BBQ Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Baja)? ?

Roti Rolls (Charleston, South Carolina), centered on creating seasonal fusion food that is Asian, Indian, Caribbean, Latin, and Southern inspired. Serving: Roti Rolls featuring locally-sourced meats, vegetables and cheeses? ?

Savory and Sweet (Knoxville, Tennessee), gourmet Southwestern cuisine. Serving: Specialty tacos (Jumpin Java, Fried Avocado, Cuban Picadillo),? Fried Cheesecake? ?

The Big Cheese* (Arlington, Virginia), known for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches made with all-natural, local ingredients. Serving: Gourmet Grilled Cheese (Midnight Moon, Full Vermonty, Lemon Fig, Caprese, Thrilled Cheese), Watermelon Feta Salad, Breakfast? ?

The Cracked Truck* (Urbana, Illinois), a new twist on breakfast food. Serving: Gourmet Egg Sandwiches, tater tots?

Beyond Food Truck Oasis, festival attendees will find local, international and sustainable flavors. Bonnaroo veteran and Tennessee icon Prater’s BBQ, will return for its twelfth year with a menu of BBQ sandwiches, riblets, smoked wings and cheesesticks. For those with an appetite for the eco-friendly, there is the Solar Café, from Norwood, New Hampshire, a mobile cafe that uses solar panels as its energy source, and Planet Roo Café, Bonnaroo’s 100% waste-free café which will be serving Burritos, Quesadillas, Breakfast, Stir Fry, Teas, Coffees, Juice and Smoothies. Planet Roo will also be home to the Bonnaroo Learning Garden where guests can learn about sustainable eating and how to grow their own garden. ? ?

Broo’ers Festival

The Broo’ers Festival celebrates its eleventh year this year and expands its lineup for a new record of 25 breweries. Gathering under one tent, beer-lovers will find an impressive intersection of everything from microbrews from across the country to renowned craft beer to sweet and crisp Vermont cider.

Outside the tent, guests find picnic tables and hay barrels where they can sip beers and take in performances on the "Which Stage." Broo’ers Univerity, located in the tent adjacent to the Broo’ers Festival, will hold various seminars and discussions dedicated to the art and awesomeness of beer.? ?

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