It seems like every major music festival these days boasts not only their lineup of bands, but also a selection of quality eats to fill up on between set times. Until recently, the food available at most festivals was closer to that of a theme park—greasy, uninspired and mass-produced. Sure, the ice cream topped waffles at Coachella were a hit, and once in awhile there’s a gem among a roundup of food trucks, but generally festival food is overpriced and under qualified.
Noisette, a new one-day music and food festival at Public Works presented by Noise Pop rises above the expectations of average festival food. Taking place on August 4th, Noisette brands itself as a “delicious dance party and feast” nine chefs from upscale restaurants around the city, including chefs from Flour + Water, Namu Gaji, Commonwealth, and Bar Crudo.
The menu of tastings is so good that the music lineup almost becomes irrelevant. Standout dishes include Char siew chicken bao with lemon verbena aoli, green chili sambal, pickled radish slaw from Graffeats, Grilled lamb cheek with cucumber and tomato dashi by Commonwealth, and a VIP-only serving of Beef Pho Rolls and Vietnamese Coffee by Rice Paper Scissors.
And then of course, there is the music. The Dodos are headlining the afternoon, proving that they are still actively playing shows despite the fact that it’s been almost two years since their last album release. Pillowfight (Dan the Automator, Emily Wells and Kid Koala) will drop their downtempo, layered sample-heavy beats and Craft Spells supplies lo-fi dream pop to the mix. Taken By Trees, the project of Victoria Bergsman (remember the female vocals in Peter, Bjorn & John’s hit single “Young Folks”?) brings folk-inspired pop, and local DJs Nanosaur and Chad Salty will start the day off.
General Admission ticket holders are guaranteed one dish from each of the eight tasting portions, plus ice cream or a root beer float by Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous. VIP include everything provided to GA, plus early entrance to an exclusive DJ set by Snacky Tunes, a hosted beer bar, small bites by Stag Dining, and viewing access for a fish butchering demo and a hog butchery demo.
Noisette is at Public Works on Saturday, August 4th, from 1pm – 5pm. VIP ticket holders may enter at 12pm. GA tickets are $60 and VIP tickets are $85.