6 Things to Know About the Food and Drink at Desert Trip

Top billing for the mega-concert in Indio includes Curtis Stone and Michael Voltaggio
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Desert Trip, the just-announced mega-concert hitting Indio in October, has been dubbed everything from Oldchella to Rockers With Walkers. Funny. Sort of mean—the musicians and audience are old, we get it—but funny. In reality, anyone who’s a serious music fan (read: those who appreciate instruments and people singing!) will be there or at least want to be there. As long as they can afford it, of course.

Organized by the same group behind Coachella, the culinary lineup for this massive three-day festival is equally as insane as Paul McCartney, The Who, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Roger Waters playing on stage.

Here’s what you need to know.

With the biggest names in rock come the biggest names in food. The full roster of chefs participating for the three-day festival so far include superstars like Curtis Stone, Dominique Crenn, Scott Conant, Dominque Ansel, Duff Goldman, Dean Fearing, Ludovic Lefebvre, Michael Mina, Michael Voltaggio, and Marcus Samuelsson. But that’s not all: Elia Aboumrad and hubby Christian Page will be there, along with Kris Morningstar, Michael Hung, and Chris Oh from the Bombet Restaurant Group; plus Phillip Frankland Lee, Steven Fretz, Ilan Hall, Daniel Humm, Kristen Kish, Marcel Vigneron, Dakota Weiss, Jamie DeRosa, Jason Neroni, and many more to come.

Sit down! Yes, there will be reserve stadium seating around the stage. Thank goodness, says everyone over the age of 35. There will also be sit-down dinners, include the four-course Outstanding in the Field ($225 per person), which is a surprise hit during Coachella, plus pop-up restaurants akin to this year’s Commissary, Pok Pok and Rosaline, and food and beverage “experiences.”

It’s not just about swilling light beer in the tents. Although there will probably be beer gardens a la Coachella, there’s a beer “experience” curated by Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch; cocktails by 213 Hospitality and the Houston Brothers; and wines selected by Raj Parr, wine director for the Mina Group and co-founder of Sandhi Wines. Each of these “experiences,” which include food, cost $129, $159 and $179, respectively. An all-weekend pass is $499, which means you can choose one for each day of the three-day festival.

Yes, there will be Spicy Pie. This is still a Coachella-like event, and considering this crowd (money + age = better weed than yours), many, many people will have the munchies throughout the day. Plenty of food stands will be set up around the grounds for everyone not willing/who can’t fork out that serious dough for dining at the event.

Price tag. Hold on your hats. Tickets for Desert Trip start at $199 for a single general admission pass, which basically gets you on the grounds, to $399 for a three-day pass. Want to stand in the pit for all six bands? $1,599 for a three-day, GA, pit-standing pass. Reserved seats go from $699-$1,599 for a three-day pass. And a three-day reserved grandstand pass will set you back $999-$1,599. So those plus fancy food and drink = yeah, serious cha-ching.

But at least there’s better parking and shade. The highest-end tickets include access to the Platinum Lounge, which will have shaded picnic areas, couches, extra restrooms, food and beverage vendors, including many from top chefs, and a full cash bar. Basically the same VIP tents that no one leaves during Coachella.

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