Boston Calling Music Festival Announces Its 2018 Food & Drink Lineup
04/05/2018 | 10:01am EDT
BOSTON, April 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Boston Calling announces its largest food and drink lineup to date. With over 150 menu items to choose from this year, the festival rolls out a lineup of incredible new restaurants, chefs and food vendors alongside several returning favorites. Plenty of local and international craft beers and wines will round out this year’s menu. Boston Calling takes place Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2018 at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston (65 North Harvard Street, Boston). Tickets are available at www.bostoncalling.com.
Boston Calling’s food & drink offerings in General Admission and VIP will be folded directly into the festival’s expanded layout this year allowing festival goers to catch performances from the likes of Eminem, The Killers, Jack White, and more, while choosing from over 35 local restaurants and vendors, 11 of which are new. Boston’s wood-fired favorite Area Four joins the food & drink lineup this year, as does Cambridge’s Commonwealth and its array of chef driven sandwiches, local cult favorite Union Square Donuts, the mobile Middle Eastern standout, The Chubby Chickpea, and Jaju Pierogi, to name a few.
Returning all-star eateries and dishes in General Admission include The Smoke Shop, with its popular BBQ Bomb, a giant waffle cone filled with pit beans, mac & cheese, coleslaw, and choice of brisket, pulled pork or smoked chicken, Moyzilla’sHand-Folded Classic Dumplings, Stone and Skillet’sEnglish Muffin Pizzas, and Zinneken’s Belgian Waffles. The festival also welcomes back El Pelon Taqueria and their Taco Plates and Burrito Bowls, vegan ice cream favorite FoMu, local burger icon Tasty Burger, which is expanding its setup this year to include stations for Tasty Dogs and Tasty Tots, and Whole Heart Provisions, serving its signature veggie bowls, such as the Viet Style, with roasted broccoli, smashed cucumber, blistered green beans, cured tomato, basil, peanut crumble, and spicy peanut dressing.
For Boston Calling VIP and Platinum ticketholders, a select menu from acclaimed Boston restaurants and chefs will be available. In VIP’s new “Boardwalk Lounge” area, Will Gilson, Chef and owner of Puritan & Company will offer Tacos, Sandwiches and Bowls, with Braised Pork, Marinated Chicken or Grilled Vegetables, while Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will serve up Prime Sliders, and Love Art Sushi will feature its Shoyu TunaPoke Bowl and Avocado Ponzu Boat, among other items.
Each night of the festival, Platinum VIP ticketholders will be treated to menus from some of the city’s biggest culinary stars. Friday evening will feature an Island Creek Oyster display with Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail and Littleneck Clams all presented and served in Island Creek’s signature ice-filled island boat. For Friday’s main menu, Chef Colin Lynch of Bar Mezzana will serve up several options including Root Vegetable Salad with Squash Hummus and Feta, Porcetta Sandwiches, and Roman Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragout. Saturday night’s menu in Platinum VIP will be prepared by James Beard nominated Chef Tiffani Faison of Tiger Mama and Sweet Cheeks and feature offerings such as a Fried Chicken Sandwich Bar with Sweet Cheeks’ Biscuits, Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Nashville Hot Chicken, Pickles, Condiments & Spreads and a Tiger Cheeks Shrimp & Crab Boil with Sweet Boiled Shrimp & Crab, Potatoes, Corn & Rice, and Spicy Soy Butter. Chef Chris Coombs of Boston Chops will deliver a Sunday afternoon menu including the Boston Chops Home Wrecker Hotdogloaded with bacon, pickled cabbage, house-made mustard, aioli, and crispy onions and an evening menu starring a carving station for Beef tenderloin sandwiches with horseradish cream, crispy onions and Moroccan spiced lamb with yogurt sauce, cucumber salad, grilled pita.
To pair with all of the deliciousness at this year’s festival, Boston Calling will once again offer a vast assortment of beers and wines in both General Admission and VIP. Hometown hops favorite Samuel Adams will serve a nice range of brews, including its new Revolutionary Craft Beer, Sam ’76, New England IPA, and the always seasonal favorite, Summer Ale. Miller Lite and Miller High Life will be available and Mikkeller Brewing returns with its Mikkeller Craft Beer Bar where you can find some of Mikkeller’s best specialty brews such as Beer Geek Breakfast and Windy Hill IPA. A selection of Barefoot Wines will be available including Rosé, Pinot Noir and Moscato Spritzer. VIP and Platinum ticketholders will be treated to specially curated bars in which they’ll be able to order from several different top shelf spirits, during limited serving hours, including Hendricks Gin, Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Brugal Rum, and Partida Tequila. A variety of sodas, and bottled water will be available for purchase throughout the entire festival. In addition, several free water stations will be onsite at Boston Calling for attendees who bring a factory sealed water bottle or empty beverage container.
The full food and drink lineup is below. All vendors and menu items are subject to change. *denotes new for 2018. The food and drink lineup can also be viewed at www.bostoncalling.com/food/
BOSTON CALLING 2018 GENERAL ADMISSION FOOD MENU
Arancini Bros Classic Ragu – Saffron Risotto with tomato meat sauce, peas and mozzarella Bianco Verde – Basil pesto with mozzarella Bucatini Fritti – Italian style mac and cheese Chicken Parm Bites – Ground chicken stuffed with tomato, basil & mozzarella Pizza Ball – Margherita tomato, basil, mozzarella
*Cookie DŌ One Scoop DŌ Two Scoop DŌ Cookie DŌ Sandwich Cookies
CopperDome Crust Artisan Wood Fired Pizza with choice of the following toppings: Cheese, Pepperoni, and Spinach & Feta
*Deans Concessions Chicken Fingers & Fries
El Pelon Taqueria Taco Plate – 2 Tacos (Steak or Chicken) with Fire Roasted Salsa with Mexican Rice and Black Beans
Burrito Bowl (Steak or Chicken), Flour Tortilla, Fire Roasted Salsa with Mexican Rice and Black Beans
Rice and Bean Plate – Mexican Rice, Black Beans
Chips & Salsa Fresca
Chips, Salsa and Guacamole
Firefly’s BBQ Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken with Coleslaw Chopped Beef Brisket Sandwich with Coleslaw BBQ Bowl with Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Beans and Coleslaw BBQ Brisket Bowl with Brisket, Mac & Cheese, Beans and Coleslaw Porked Mac & Cheese
Joe’s American Bar & Grill New England Clam Chowder American Mac & Cheese Gluten Free Mac & Cheese
Moyzilla Katsu Hand-folded Classic Dumplings: pork & napa cabbage, soy ginger dipping sauce Scallion Pie Quesadilla: Korean BBQ Chicken, cheddar, sriracha aioli Korean BBQ Chicken Noodle Bowl: rice noodle, edamame, pickled veg, lettuce, scallion, fried shallot, sweet chili sauce
Riceburg Rice burgers and rice bowls with the choice of filling: Spicy Sweet and Sour Crispy Chicken Bulgogi Steak Shiitake Mushroom
Matcha Green Tea Lemonade
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese (2 booths) Big Fig - sweet mission figs + balsamic drizzle on our three cheese blend Green Muenster - house made guacamole and bacon on our three cheese blend Classic Three Cheese - vermont cheddar, muenster, fontina cheese on locally baked tuscan bread Hot Honey Bacon - crispy bacon + Mike's hot honey on our three cheese blend
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steak Sandwich or Salad Lobster Roll or Salad Chicken Salad Wrap Prime Beef Sliders Cape Cod Potato Chips
SatéGrill Build your own: Rice, Noodle, or Salad Veggie bowl with Chicken or Tofu + side of veg Dumpling or Crispy Roll Banh Mi sandwich
The Sausage Guy Sausage Guy Sweet Hot Bourbon Italian Sausage Sausage Guy IPA Beer Brat Sausage Guy All Beef Hot Dog Giant Soft Pretzel Shoestring French Fries
Shuck Food Truck Oysters each/dozen New England Lobster Roll Lobster Slider Fish + Chips Fries
The Smoke Shop (2 booths) The BBQ BOMB - GIANT Waffle Cone filled with: Pit Beans, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Choice of Brisket, Pulled Pork or Smoked Chicken Topped with Pickled Hots & BBQ Spices
The Pit Boss - All Three BBQ Meats: Pulled Pork, Brisket & Smoked Chicken. Plus Pit Beans, Coleslaw and Mac & Cheese
The BBQ Sandwiches: Choice of Brisket, Pulled Pork or Smoked Chicken
The Cornbread - with Honey Sea Salt Butter
The Sides - Coleslaw, Pit Beans or Mac & Cheese
Stone and Skillet English Muffin Cheese Pizzas English Muffin Pepperoni Pizzas
Tasty Burger (2 booths) Hamburger Cheeseburger Bacon Cheeseburger Veggie Burger Deep River Potato Chips
*Tasty All Beef Dogs Plain Hot Dogs Chili Hot Dogs
*Tasty Tots Plain Tots Tots with Cheese Sauce Tots with Chili Tots with the Works (chili and cheese)
*Union Square Donuts Assorted Donuts
Whole Heart Provisions Veggie bowls with a choice of a base of greens or grains in the following styles:
Tazon Style Bowl – Pineapple, Corn Salsa, Korean Black Beans, Smashed Cucumber and Tomato, Red Cabbage Slaw and Lime Vinaigrette with Corn Nuts
Miso Style Bowl – Roasted Broccoli, Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Smashed Cucumber, Pickled Carrots, Red Cabbage Slaw with Orange Miso Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seeds
Viet Style Bowl – Roasted Broccoli, Smashed Cucumber, Tomato, Pickled Carrots, Savory Green Beans Spicy Peanut Sauce and Peanut Crumble
Seared Avocado with tahini, za’atar & crispy lentils Food Should Taste Good Chips
Yume Wo Katare Yume Rame Chashu Stick
Zinneken’s Belgian Waffles Liege Waffle The Sin - Nutella, Banana, The Gourmand – Caramel, Bananas, Whipped Cream Fruit Delight – Belgian Chocolate, Bananas, Strawberries
BOSTON CALLING 2018 VIP FOOD MENU
Love Art Sushi Shoyu Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl – Hawaiian Marinated Yellowfin in soy, sesame, chili, garlic, nori with scallions over seasoned sushi rice
Spicy Crawfish Sushi Bowl – Tender Crawfish tossed in Sriracha wasabi aioli topped with panko over seasoned sushi rice
Avocado Ponzu Boat – Half an avocado surrounded by microgreens filled with citrus ponzu topped with furikake over seasoned sushi rice
Puritan & Company The choice of tacos, a bowl with grains and greens, or a sandwich with the choice of the following proteins: Grilled Pork Free Range Chicken Grilled Vegetables
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Prime Sliders Lobster or Salad
BOSTON CALLING 2018 PLATINUM FOOD MENU
Friday, May 25 Island Creek Oyster Shellfish Display Island Creek Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail and Littleneck Clams
Chef Colin Lynch – Bar Mezzana Little gem lettuce salad with anchovy dressing and parmigiano reggiano Root vegetable salad with squash hummus and feta Tomato and mozzarella Suppli (crispy risotto balls) Porcetta sandwiches Roasted Cauliflower Pita with Yogurt and Curry Chicken wings with calabrian agrodolce Roman Gnocchi with mushroom ragout
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Chef Tiffani Faison – Tiger Mama and Sweet Cheeks Fried Chicken Sandwich Biscuit Bar: Sweet Cheeks Biscuits, Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Nashville Hot Chicken, Assortment of Pickles,Condiments & Spreads *Fried Green Tomatoes-Vegetarian Option (Fried Chicken substitute)
Selection of Early Summer Salads: Watermelon Salad - Cotija, Mint, Cilantro, Spicy Peanuts Mexican Caesar Salad – Grilled Little Gem, Crispy Tortilla Chips
Hoppin’ John Salad – Rice, Blackeyed Peas, Jalapeno Vinaigrette
Dessert Nutter Butter Cookies Dee’s Summer Donuts Hong Kong Egg Tarts
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Chef Chris Coombs – Boston Chops
Afternoon Boston Chops Home Wrecker Hotdog (loaded with bacon, pickled cabbage, house-made mustard, aioli, crispy onions) Veggie Dog Option, Chips Chops Cob Salad with herb vinaigrette, avocado, diced cheddar, tomato, and hard boiled eggs
Evening Carving station for Beef tenderloin sandwiches, horseradish cream, crispy onions Moroccan spiced lamb and yogurt sauce, cucumber salad, grilled pita Vegetarian summer rolls with peanut sauce, cucumber, herbs Kale Salad
BOSTON CALLING 2018 BEER & WINE MENU
BEER Samuel AdamsSam ‘76 Samuel Adams New England IPA Samuel Adams Summer Ale Miller Lite Miller High Life Sol Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Rosé Truly Spiked and Sparkling, Wild Berry Pilsner Urquell Peroni Mikkeller Windy Hill IPA Mikkeller Staff Magician N.E. Style Pale Ale Mikkeller Rasberry Blush, Berliner Style Weisse-Bier Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Oatmeal Coffee Stout Mikkeller Passion Pool, Passion Fruit Gose Mikkeller California Dream, Hoppy Pilsner Mikkeller BC “Response” Keller Pilsner Mikkeller “Significant Endowment” DDH Double N.E. IPA
The day-by-day music lineup for Boston Calling 2018 is as follows. Performance times are forthcoming. *Artists are subject to change.
Friday, May 25, 2018 The Killers The National Paramore Portugal. The Man Maggie Rogers Pussy Riot Perfume Genius Noname (Sandy) Alex G Big Thief Citizen Charly Bliss This Is The Kit
Arena: Natalie Portman Lovett Or Leave It
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Jack White Queens of the Stone Age Tyler, The Creator St. Vincent Brockhampton Royal Blood Manchester Orchestra Daniel Caesar Belly The Menzingers Oh Sees Mount Kimbie Leikeli47 Lillie Mae Tauk Weakened Friends
Arena: Natalie Portman Pod Save America Bridget Everett Tony Hinchcliffe Jo Firestone Martin Urbano
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Eminem Khalid Bryson Tiller Fleet Foxes The Decemberists Stormzy Thundercat Julien Baker Dirty Projectors Alvvays Pond Zola Jesus Taylor Bennett Westside Gunn and Conway Field Report Stl Gld
Arena: Natalie Portman David Cross Cameron Esposito Max Silverstri Martin Urbano
Further details on Boston Calling’s programming curated and hosted by Natalie Portman, will be shared in the coming weeks.
Boston Calling is proud to have Delta Air Lines, Miller Lite, Samuel Adams, and 47 Brand as sponsors for this year’s festival.
Tickets: Single Day and Three-Day tickets are available for purchase at www.bostoncalling.com. Pricing for single day tickets are $105 for General Admission, $229 for VIP and $599 for Platinum passes, while supplies last. A limited number of General Admission Three-Day passes and VIP Three-Day passes are available for $289 and $649, respectively. Additionally, there are a very limited amount of three-day Platinum passes available for $1,099.
Private elevated Skybox lounges are also available for up to 50 people; details and pricing are available upon request.
Getting There: Boston Calling is best accessed by the T on the Red Line’s Harvard Square stop; from there it is a short walk to the festival’s main entrance. Boston Calling will also be coordinating with taxi and rideshare programs for safe and easy pickup and drop off points; there will also be bike racks available onsite. At present onsite parking is available only to Platinum VIP package purchasers.
Boston Calling is produced by Boston Calling Events LLC (BCE) which is owned by Crash Line Productions and TheMadison Square Garden Company.
Crash Line Productions is a Boston-based entertainment production company that owns and produces dozens of events each year. Formed in 2012 by Brian Appel and Mike Snow, Boston Calling Events continues to build its event platform around Boston Calling Music Festival, Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival.
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences. The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams – the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and one of the leading North American esports organizations, Counter Logic Gaming. In addition, the Company features the popular original production – the Christmas SpectacularStarring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival. Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com
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