Once you’ve bought your passes and combed the lineup for your favorite bands, there’s just one more detail to plan for your Coachella experience: What you’re going to eat. Dining options on the festival grounds run the gamut from grab-and-go snacks to gorgeous dinner party experiences helmed by renowned chefs.
Between you and us, Roy Choi’s Pot Pizza Joint stand will be offering an off-menu slice you’ll want to order. In addition to their cheese, pepperoni, and “K-Town” options, those in the know will be able to request a piece of cheese pizza topped with caramelized kimchi, shiso greens, Thai basil, and beef bulgogi. Another secret treat we’ve been tipped off to can be found at the Menotti’s coffee booth: Order your latte “Big O” style and you’ll get an oat milk version of the on-menu Spanish latte, infused with CBD oil.
There’s plenty to drink throughout the weekend, of course. Among the beverage selections, Broken Shaker will be overseeing cocktails in the VIP section, a hidden tiki bar by New York cocktail gurus PDT returns for a second year, and Absolut vodka pops up with an immersive lounge called Openhouse. A cool (and cooling) new addition this year are “refreshment pods,” which will be sprinkled throughout the festival grounds vending kombucha, juice, cold brew coffee, and water.
If all the dancing and trekking between stages gets to be too much and you’re ready to indulge in a more refined, seated meal experience, Outstanding in the Field offers elegant events each night. Ticketed separately, these dinners in the VIP Rose Garden are available to all Coachella attendees.
Below, find some more highlights of the 2018 Coachella food offerings.
Serving: Puffle cones of popcorn chicken, chicken wings on waffle fries
Serving: Vegetarian tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, hemp-extract “feel good” cookies
Serving: Garlic-cilantro fries, barbecue chicken fries, kitchen sink fries, Buffalo wings, garlic-bacon-parmesan wings, deep fried Oreos with Nutella
Serving: Cake truffles, cookies, cereal milk ice cream
Serving: Instagram-worthy black and “unicorn tears” soft serve ice cream
Pot Pizza Joint by Roy Choi
Serving: Pizza slices with Korean-inspired toppings
Serving: Orange chicken, orange chicken burritos
Serving: Sweet potato tacos, brisket tacos, brisket nachos, tuna poké bowls
The Herbivorous Butcher
Serving: Vegan “Double Down” sandwich (pictured at top), “totchos” with shredded vegan chicken, tofu egg and vegan sausage breakfast sandwich
Hi Ho Cheeseburger
Serving: Classic and vegetarian burgers, with gluten-free bun options
Serving: Made-to-order s’mores, unicorn frozen hot chocolate
Serving: Chicken, carne asada, and jackfruit tacos
Drinks and Bars
Go Get ‘Em Tiger
Serving: Iced lattes and chais, cold brew coffee, cappuccinos
Craft Beer Barn
Serving: Craft beers from around the country, including a “rare beers” list curated by Beer Belly
Serving: Activated charcoal lemonade, CBD-infused juices and teas, wellness shots, fruit and veggie smoothies, açai bowls
Serving: Absolut-based drinks (plus an air-conditioned lounge with wifi, dance floor, and photo ops)
Serving: Whiskey and craft cocktails in a “mountain cabin” setting
Serving: Tiki drinks in a fully kitted-out environment, hidden in a location you’ll need to find on your own
Pop-Up Restaurants and Dinners
Outstanding in the Field
Outstanding in the Field hosts a dinner each night during the festival. This year’s lineup of chefs includes Bruce Kalman (Union, Knead & Co.), Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (Kismet), Pawan, Nakul, and Arjun Mahendro (Badmaash), Brooke Williamson (Playa Provisions, Hudson House), Shirley Chung (Twenty Eight), and Kyle Johnson (Bourbon Steak).