Eat, Drink, Shop, Give, Fest
After taking a humorous turn in 2013 with a John Mueller-curated food court, today Fun Fun Fun Fest announced a robust 2014 selection of food, drink and retail vendors for this year's festival.
The selection of food vendors this year is FFF's most eclectic batch yet. Newcomers to the festival include Cazamance, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Skull & Cakebones, The Salt Lick, and Bananarchy.
The event has also brought back past favorites like Frank, Chi'Lantro, JuiceLand, Kebabalicious, Tamale House East, Tiff's Treats, Vegan Yacht, Whole Foods and Haymaker. One key difference between Fun Fun Fun and Austin City Limits Music Fest is the FFF organizers spread the food options into two sections on opposite sides of the park to keep snacks within easy reach.
The VIP "Ultimate Smooth Pass" catering has also been upgraded. Chef Sonya Cote of Hillside Farmacy and Eden East will cater the VIP areas with an assist from Spanish food truck Tapas Bravas. Says Cote: "I will be bringing together key players from Eden East, Hillside Farmacy and The Homegrown Revival to create food inside the Treat Yo’ Self Zone. Local ingredients incorporated into our signature recipes will provide FFF revelers with a dining experience that is uniquely Austin."
Though she is continuing to tweak her dishes, Cote's draft menu for the weekend includes:
- Pulled Pork Sandwich with pork confit, brioche, red onion marmalade, horseradish mustard and arugula
- Caprese Sandwich with carrot top pesto, hothouse tomato, mozzarella and balsamic reduction
- Stew with Seasonal Farm Vegetables (Vegetarian, meat options)
- Beets with rainbow carrots and chèvre
- Chicken Saté
- Apple on a stick with housemade caramel and pecans
The VIP area will also have both a JuiceLand juice station and a cocktail and craft beer bar for those who decide to splurge on the upgraded tickets.
In keeping with music festival trends, local retail is also prevalent at Fun Fun Fun; haberdashery Hatbox, jewelers Ornamental Things and Weekend Warrior, Prototype Vintage, People's Rx, music studio Renaissance Recordings, and (of course) the Austin Facial Hair Club will all have booths up to peruse.
One final piece of the puzzle for Fun Fun Fun — an expanded array of non-profit showcases. Representatives from the Austin Music Foundation, Austin Pets Alive!, HAAM, Keep Austin Beautiful, the SIMS Foundation and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, among others, will all be on hand to speak to interested fest-goers about volunteer and donation opportunities.
These announcements supplement the previously released music and comedy lineups for the ninth edition of the spirited indie festival, which has grown from a one-day event in Waterloo Park in 2006 to a full Austin weekend of entertainment and late-night shows at multiple venues. For tickets to the festival ($85-$450), visit the Fun Fun Fun official site.