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It's a big day every year when the Coachella music lineup is announced — those unmistakeable graphics circulate around social media like wildfire in a hurry. But what about the release of the official Coachella food lineup? Around here, we care about that a whole lot too.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the lineup of festival food offerings is out, and it includes a bunch of new things to get excited about — and also a handful of things that might make festival vets roll their eyes like, "Back in my day, we used to pack a sandwich..."
Indio Central Market will feature more than 15 restaurants beneath a huge shade tent... with an on-site kombucha bar, because of course. If kombucha isn't so much your thing, consider a liquid lunch from a vendor like Shake Shack. And in addition to alcoholic beverage offerings, this year will also offer the festival's first-ever booze-free bar, known as Bar Not Bar.
More than 100 overall food vendors will include chef Christina Tosi's Milk Bar, and chef Roy Choi's Pot Pizza Joint and Kogi.
And get this: If you're into a more upscale dining experience, you can eat at a popup from Southern California favorites like The Exchange, Little Pine, and chef Curtis Stone's Gwen... but you'll need to go on OpenTable in advance to book your reservation.
Gwen's spicy pickles and lobster roll (Photo: Ray Kachatorian)
Because these days Coachella aint what it used to be... but the eating is very, very good.
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