The Best Food + Drink Vendors at Governors Ball 2019
With so many things to love about The Governors Ball Music Festival, the amazing music and artist lineup is only part of it. Equally important to the success of a good music festival are the awesome food + drink vendors participating in the event.
This year at the 2019 edition of Gov Ball NYC, there were some exceptional vendors who truly stood out. Imagine all of the delicious offerings at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, but even bigger and better. With so many vendors, how do you know who to choose? Festival food can be expensive, and the last thing you want to do is put a down payment on a subpar burger and soggy fries.
Music & Mojitos tested the festival waters, scouting out the lines and following our noses to the best-of-the-best. Of all of the amazing food vendors, we can confidently say that if you see any of the following vendors at your next music festival, you should run, not walk, to their booths. So without further ado, here is Music & Mojitos list of the best food + drink vendors at Gov Ball 2019—the ones that filled us up, kept our taste buds (and wallets) happy, and helped us keep the party going all night long.
Music & Mojitos loves Mexican food—in fact, if we didn’t love mojitos so much, we’d probably call ourselves Music & Margaritas. That’s why we were super stoked when we saw the absolutely mouth-watering offerings at Takumi Taco.
Waiting in line, we saw people coming back with heaps of nachos piled high with tender chicken, crema, pico de gallo, and of course, guacamole. We knew immediately that we had found the holy grail of festival nachos. There was no doubt in our mind that we would be ordering some to share (or not—who’s judging?), if only to confirm that they truly were the best nachos at the festival.
We can confidently say that not only were the nachos at Takumi the best at the festival, but the Chicken Tinga tacos were the best tacos at the festival. Full of deliciously seasoned and marinated chicken, our only regret was that we didn’t order more. Best Nachos + Best Tacos means we think this makes Takumi Taco the best Mexican Food vendor at Gov Ball 2019, yeah? If you don’t feel like waiting for the next festival to check them out (and you shouldn’t), you can visit them at their Urbanspace Vanderbilt location at 230 Park Avenue or at Chelsea Market.
I don’t use the word “favorite” lightly, but I can certainly say that I enjoyed every single bite of Keizo Shimamoto’s wonderfully quirky and delicious ramen burger—so much so that it might have been my favorite food at the festival.
The burger—perfectly cooked, juicy, and tender—was deliciously seasoned and served up between a Ramen noodle “bun.” It’s your college fantasy food, refined and kicked up a notch with your favorite Japanese and American fusion flavors. Ramen Burger is a festival favorite and often makes the summer festival rounds, but if you can’t catch them there, be sure to check them out at Winter Smorgasburg in Brooklyn (625 Atlantic Avenue ) and the Ramen Shack in Long Island City (13-13 40th Avenue).
Perhaps I should’ve said that if we weren’t called Music & Mojitos, we’d be called Music & Margherita—pizza, that is. We are huge fans of Italian-style pizza, and Brooklyn’s famous pizzeria, Roberta’s, certainly hit our Friday night craving. Be sure to check them out at their original location in Bushwick (261 Moore Street)!
After all those deliciously savory bites, it’s only natural to crave something sweet. In that case, look no further than Davey’s Ice Cream. There were several delicious ice cream vendors to choose from, but the delicious simplicity of vanilla ice cream covered in rainbow sprinkles and sandwiches between two chocolate chip cookies hooked us.
We know that Davey’s is known for their amazing artisan ice cream flavors, but we were just as impressed with their equally-mouth-watering cookies. They were soft enough to allow you to bite into the ice cream without chipping a tooth, and loaded with chocolate chips. They were perfectly complemented by the smooth, flavorful, creamy vanilla ice cream. This was the perfect fun festival treat and ideal afternoon pick-me-up on a warm summer day. Be sure to check out Davey’s locations in the East Village (137 1st Avenue), Williamsburg (201 Bedford Avenue), and Greenpoint (74 Meserole Avenue)!
Speaking of cool treats to cool you down, it’s time to turn our attention to Gov Ball’s unicorn vendor, Taiyaki. No, we don’t mean that metaphorically—Taiyaki sells the most delicious fruit slushies, served up in your very own unicorn float!
This was by far the most unique item we ordered all day. Everywhere we walked with our deliciously creamy mango and strawberry unicorn float slushies, we turned heads. If you’re looking for a conversation starter, this is it—we probably met a good third of festival-goers just by holding these floats and answering the question “Where did you guys get those drinks?!” I’m exaggerating, but only slightly. If you’re looking for a delicious way to meet new people, head to Taiyaki (which makes the festival rounds) and try a unicorn float slushie STAT. Their storefront locations in Chinatown (119 Baxter Street), Williamsburg (294 Bedford Avenue), and Flushing (Queens Crossing Food Court) even sell soft serve ice cream inside of fishtail shaped cones, so you can really keep the conversation going.
It wouldn’t be a proper Music & Mojitos festival if we didn’t have an opportunity to sip on some cocktails made with delicious Bacardi rum. We kept making our way back to the bar for the Miami Vice #2 cocktail, served up by expert bartender, Koi. If a drink is made with deliciously fruity flavors like strawberry and coconut, and served with a cute green palm tree stir straw, you can’t really go wrong—especially if it’s the color pink. What can I say, I’m a sucker for pink cocktails, even more so if they taste like they were made on some remote island on the beach.
Who was your favorite food vendor at Governors Ball 2019? Let us know in the comments!