You’ve probably had your concert strategy for this year’s Boston Calling music festival (Friday, May 26th through Sunday, May 28th) mapped out for a while, but now that the lineup for the DoorDash Food Village is finally live it’s time to start answering the most important question: what are you going to eat?
The Harvard Athletic Complex will be bursting at the seams with good eats this year thanks to a lineup of tried-and-true headliners and some exciting first timers, which will keep you fueled up in style while you move and groove to the more than 50 artists set to rock the weekend in Allston.
The team from Mamaleh’s is debuting an all-new hot dog wrapped in hand-rolled bagel dough with everything seasoning, which pairs perfectly with an order of loaded Latke Fries with pastrami, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. The Chicken & Rice Guys, Jaju Pierogi, Greco, Rice Burg, Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, and Tasty Burger will also be representing with all their classics, and The Smoke Shop is bringing back their festival-friendly Ultimate BBQ Cone filled with burnt ends, pimento mac and cheese, pit beans, coleslaw, and pickled jalapeños — perfect for toting from one stage to the next. The Farmacy Café from High Street Place will be serving up their signature rice and salad bowls if you’re looking for something with lots of natural ingredients.
New to the Calling scene will be award-winning chef/owner Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery + Cafe with everyone’s favorite treats, plus crispy chicken from Cambridge’s Lily P’s Fried Chicken, dumplings galore from Dumpling Daughter, tacos and tortas from Naco Taco and El Jefe’s Taqueria, wood-fired pizza slices from PieSons Pizza and comfort food from South Boston’s The Broadway. And make sure to save space between sets for a Blackbird Doughnut, or nibbles from Fresh Boston and Che! Empanada.
There’ll be plenty of tasty sips to quench your thirst after all that singing, including Summer Ale and Wicked Hazy New England Style IPA from hometown heroes Sam Adams, and plenty of brews from Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Peroni. It’s not summer without some flavored hard seltzers from the good folks at Truly, or toast to the perfect weekend with a rosé prosecco from Josh Cellars. If you’re going zero proof there’ll be soft drinks and Red Bull, as well as several water stations throughout the festival, plus you can bring your own empty bottle for refills.
If you’re high rolling it in the Platinum section, make sure you come hungry because an all-star lineup of chefs will be rotating throughout the weekend including “Top Chef” alum Carl Dooley of Mooncusser, and Phil Frattaroli of Ducali, Cunard Tavern, Caffé Ducali, and The Pine Bar in the North End on Friday. On Saturday, Colin Lynch of Bar Mezzana, Shore Leave, Black Lamb and No Relation will be serving up crudos, pastas, and a few tastes from the sushi menu at Shore Leave. Sunday you can gorge on pasta and Italian eats from Karen Akunowicz, chef/owner of Bar Volpe, Fox & The Knife Enoteca and Fox Pasta Co. who is bringing along Bar Volpe’s chef de cuisine, Molly Dwyer. Will Gilson of Puritan & Co., The Lexington, Café Beatrice, Geppetto, The Herb Lyceum, and the all-new Puritan Oyster Bar will also be around on day three serving up fresh seafood and P.Co faves. Platinum tickets have their bevvy perks, too, including exclusive bars with expanded wine choices and craft cocktails made with Jack Daniels and Thomas Tew Rum.
If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Check out the full culinary lineup and order your wristbands here, plus you can brush up on all the rules and regulations — and of course keep track of the music!