The Best Food + Drink Vendors at Electric Zoo: Evolved
While Electric Zoo: Evovled may be known as the mecca of modern electronic dance music parties, a music festival is only as good as its food and drink lineup. With a full day of fun under the sun and music under the electric sky, no one wants get hangry waiting for Armin van Buuren to show ravers what trance is made of, or for Zedd to light up the night with his powerhouse party hits.
Hard at work behind the scenes to make sure our hearts (and stomachs) could enjoy Electric Zoo to the fullest was a slew of New York City’s best food and drink vendors. Slinging steaming, cheesy mozzarella sticks, stuffing ice cream into donuts and waffles, and pulling piping hot pizzas out of woodfired ovens, this year’s vendors pulled out all the stops to deliver a VIP food and drink experience.
While there were dozens of different vendors, a few stood out among the competition. These are the absolute best food and drink vendors at Electric Zoo: Evolved (2019).
Everyone knows it’s not a party until someone orders mozzarella sticks. That’s why Electric Zoo: Evolved wasn’t officially a rave until Big Mozz showed up to bring the heat—and mounds and mounds (3 pallets worth!) of cheese.
Big Mozz is no newbie to the festival circuit, nor are they strangers to crowds: people line up for what seems like miles to grab some of their signature mozzarella sticks. In fact, fans of Big Mozz are so devout, this year’s electric animal fans made Big Mozz’s onsite Operations Manager Mike Berko a kandi bracelet with the words “Big Mozz” on it. Now that’s devotion.
And what’s not to like about their defiantly large sausage-sized sticks of fried mozarella, served straight from the fryer with a side of marinara dipping sauce and topped with more cheese, garlic and parsley? Or what about Big Mozz’s newest addition, Mozz Pockets? These little triangular sized pockets of thick, chewy, fried pasta dough are stuffed with cheese and served with marinara sauce—perfect for sharing with all your hungry dance friends. If the thought of all that cheese doesn’t get your mouth watering, we can’t be friends.
Wowfull certainly puts the Wow Factor into Electric Zoo Eats. Their stunning ice cream creations were as colorful as the some of our favorite festival outfits, and the attention to detail that Wowfulls put into their desserts was unparalleled. Like Above and Beyond, Wowfulls truly went above and beyond to create a memorable festival experience.
We highly recommend their Fruity Pebble-infused milkshake, served with a scoop of bright blue vanilla, straight-off-the-iron waffles, and strawberry flavored Pocky sticks. It was truly a feast for both the stomach and the eyes. For Chocoholics (or Cookie Monsters), we recommend their Oreo-topped blue vanilla in a waffle.
Don’t limit yourself to festival offerings, though—Wowfulls has a huge menu with a variety of different (and equally delicious) menu items at their in-store location on the Lower East Side. Head over to Wowfulls or check out their Instagram for more eye-popping treats.
Who knew that some of the best wood-fired pizza is across the Hudson in New Jersey? Fans of food truck vendors Ponti Rossi, that’s who.
Chef Alessandro Capuano brought his famous Neapolitan pies (and delicious free cheesecake samples) to this side of the river to appease hungry fans at Electric Zoo: Evolved. If you like your crust thick and your cheese thicker, Ponti Rossi is the place to go. In each bite, you could taste the freshness of the tomatoes, as if they had been picked straight from the vine, purred into a silky sauce, and poured lovingly underneath mounds of fresh mozzarella.
We also highly recommend snagging a cheesecake cup to round out that retro old-school Italian vibe. Keep an eye out for Ponti Rossi and their mouthwatering margherita coming soon to a festival near you.
Tea & Milk
Tea & Milk knows how to keep it cool—and specifically, how to cool down festival goers with their delightfully fruity iced bubble teas. We were immediately drawn in by their eye-popping colors, but we stayed for the delicious taste of their hand-crafted tea beverages. Hard at work in the back of their booth, the Tea & Milk team were brewing giant batches of boba tea, made fresh on premises. “We’ve gone through 30 gallons of tea in just a few hours,” Partner Mathew Wong tells us.
We loved the diversity of flavors at Tea & Mlik. There was truly something for everyone. Our favorite was their pineapple hibiscus iced tea, but we were also fans of the beautifully-layered strawberry matcha iced latte. And of course, you can never go wrong with black tea and milk.
The good news is that the fun doesn’t have to end at E-Zoo—you can check out Tea & Milk at their store front in Astoria (pro-tip: order the matcha-creme croissant, you won’t regret it) and follow them on Instagram for more colorful updates.
Stuffed Ice Cream
Stuffed Ice Cream has long been our favorite ice cream spot in the East Village. Music & Mojitos heads there regularly for heaping scoops of Red Velvet and Cookie Monster, piled high atop Konery birthday cake flavored cones.
That’s why we were especially excited to see that Stuffed Ice Cream would be making an appearance at Electric Zoo: Evolved.
This time, we opted to try one of their famous “Cruffs”—donut ice cream sandwiches—and we do not regret a single bite. Filled to the max with neon blue Cookie Monster ice cream fit to rival the neon blue lights at the All My Friends Stage, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the donut itself was just as good as their signature ice cream flavor. Do yourself a favor and head over to Stuffed Ice Cream in the East Village, and be sure to follow their Instagram page for pictures of their gravity-defying scoops.
San Matteo Pizza
San Matteo is the real deal when it comes to Italian-style pizza. Bringing one of their four wood-fired ovens straight to Randall’s Island, Owner Fabio Casella and his expert team of Italian chefs shared the heart of Southern Italy with EDM’s best party scene.
We know a thing or two about pizza in New York City, but we were absolutely blown away by San Matteo. The first time we had them was at The Meadows Music & Arts Festival (RIP), and we were so happy to see that their mouth-watering, high quality pizza remains unchanged—especially when it comes to their spicy sopressata version.
San Matteo’s pizza is one of the most authentic Italian pizzas I’ve ever had outside of Italy—there’s something about the taste of the pizza dough that knocks it out of the park. We highly recommend checking out San Matteo at their Upper East Side location, and follow them on Instagram (but perhaps after you’ve eaten, otherwise you might empty your wallet and order a second lunch).
Wowfulls may have won the award for attention to detail when it comes to sweets, but Destination Dumpling knocked it out of the park in the savory department. I never really thought of dumplings as being a festival food, and I have never been more wrong in my life. Destination Dumplings honestly blew me away in a way that I was not expecting. With their creative flavor combinations, beautifully detailed garnishes, and consistent high quality, Destination Dumplings was the sleeper hit that has officially solidified its spot in our regular festival food rotation.
We ordered the dumpling sampler platter, which came with unique flavors like buffalo wing (my favorite), vegan edamame, traditional pork and chive, Korean beef, and the creme de la creme - Pork Bao.
Just look at the beautiful plating and garnishes and remember - we’re at a music festival with over 100,000 attendees. Who has time for that?! Destination Dumplings.
We appreciated the care that Destination Dumplings put into their dishes and we think fans did too—we got stopped by no less than three people asking us where we got this bomb platter of food. Head on over to Destination Dumplings to find out where you can find their next popup, and be sure to follow them on Instagram, too.
Jamrock Jerk is the ultimate food truck experience, full stop. With a beautifully decked-out cart (equipped with a grill and smokers), Jamrock Jerk is the most authentic, deliciously-seasoned Jamaican Jerk on this side of the Atlantic.
Magnus and Anthyne McKellar are the incredibly welcoming husband and wife duo that run the operations and developed the recipes for their signature dishes, which include such delectables as rice and beans, plantains, mac and cheese, and of course, Jamaican jerk chicken and pork. The meat is marinated at a minimum of 48 hours, which explains how the flavor is so profuse and the meat is so tender.
And don’t even get me started on the delicious sauce that is poured on top of the chicken and rice. Liquid gold, my friends. Liquid gold.
Jamrock Jerk has no plans for a brick and mortar location, preferring to stick to their food truck roots. You can find Jamrock Jerk at several different locations throughout the city on an alternating basis. Keep up with them on Instagram.
Waffle de Lys
Last but certainly not least, Waffle de Lys is the dessert that is nearly too pretty to eat. Set on bringing the best of Belgian waffles culture (with a French twist), Waffle de Lys was a delight for both the eyes and your tastebuds. We loved how Waffle de Lys managed to take such simple ingredients - fresh cut bananas, waffles, strawberries, sauces - and craft such spectacularly beautiful, thoughtful creations.
We had a hard time choosing a menu item, but Lucie suggested one of her favorites - the “Ooh La La,” which had us saying that and more after the first bite.
Waffle de Lys reminded us of a recent trip to Brussels, of a long-ago trip to Paris; it instantly tranported us to the banks of the Seine, to then gently drop us right back at Electric Zoo. We loved that Waffle de Lys had a cute little sidewalk-cart vibe to it—the perfect midday treat to get you through to the end of the festival. Keep an eye out for Central Valley-based Waffle de Lys at your next New York City festival and be sure to say hello Instagram.