Photo courtesy of Folk Revival Festival.
So, Long Beach, clearly we're fans of the Folk Revival Festival, a safe space for bearded men and women and the banjo plucking, fancy-fingered musical geniuses that make us dance like no one's watching, or simply stare in awe of their phalangeal dexterity. So far we've written about the lineup and the Wee Folk Village, and we're not going to stop there.
Most recently, organizers announced a very special, very important sort of lineup, the kind you can eat. Annually the festival celebrates all things made in Long Beach, including the food. So, in addition to the banjos, crafts, beards and pure American live music to take place at Rainbow Lagoon Park on Saturday, September 19, you will also find a robust amount of delicious, mouth-watering locally-sourced goodness to consume.
Chef Paul Buchanan of Primal Alchemy has created a to-die-for menu of farm-to-table homegrown delights exclusively for the event. Festival-goers can sink their teeth into the culinary creative's BBQ chicken chili with sweet corn pudding, grilled corn salsa and cumin cream fresca, the country sausage, cornbread and red eye gravy burrito, fresh corn on the cob with parmesan garlic butter or an over-easy farm egg on kale salad with sweet corn pudding and salsa quemada.
Sweet Lou’s BBQ will be serving up their pork spare ribs done up little red rooster style, marinated and slow-cooked to perfection, along with their infamous BBQ pulled pork nachos. The Canvas Truck, which uses only fresh, grass-fed beef, organic produce and freshly baked breads from Los Angeles Homeboy Bakery, will be on-hand for the healthy and humane conscious meat eaters, while The Pie Bar will offer handcrafted pies from scratch in mini-mason jars. Rose Park Roasters will be pouring fresh coffee throughout the festival.
Other Long Beach foodie favorites serving on-site include LuckDish Curry, Speedy Mobile Hot Dogs, Red Leprechaun, Propers Pickles, and Long Beach Jerky Co. to name a few.
The festival is pouring multiple craft beer selections to pair with the fine feeding frenzy. Stone Go To IPA, Stone Delicious IPA, Pizza Port Chronic Amber Ale, Saint Archer White, and Smog City Little Bo Pils are just a few of the labels on tap. VIP ticket holders will enjoy exclusive pours of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale and a full craft cocktail menu courtesy of Long Beach’s The Stache Bar.
The Long Beach Folk Festival brings local food, craft beers, signature contests, the Wee Folk Village, the “Vintage Bazaar” shopping experience and live music together to celebrate all things community. Do not miss this one, folks.
Tickets are now on-sale for $20 online. Tickets will be available day of the festival for $30. Admission is free for kids under 12 and seniors over 75. Complimentary bike valet is available, so ride down with the whole family for day of good old fashion folk. Click here for more information.