May 6, 2017
Not all festival food games are created equally, Shaky Knees takes their nosh lineup seriously. With a wide-range of indie acts and show-stoppers, it’s hard to decide which line to get in first. It’s difficult to make time in a packed schedule of great live music to remember to sustain yourself while expelling energy and singing at the top of your lungs. We’re here to help you make your best food truck orders possible.
If you have ever been on the festival circuit then you’ve seen these guys. Green truck rocking back and forth with blaring music; line out front. Roti Rolls has been a Charleston institution since 2010. They have since been crowned the Holy City’s best food truck every year since. Last year the Roti riot got so real in the south that they decided to open up shop in ATL. With two rockin’ trucks in the southeast and a festival tour to boot, everybody got that Roti fever. How can you not? Locally sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients make up their Asian, Indian, Caribbean and Southern rolls. Deep fried Roti Paratha. Worth the wait? Every. Damn. Time. Time is music at a festival and these kids are the weekend epicurean headliner.
Think you can’t get authentic indian food at a festival? Wrong! Archna Becker, the creative force behind Bhojanic, has spent 23 years perfecting her craft. Growing up in her grandmothers kitchen in India Archna always had an inquisitive mind. When she was 11 her family moved to the states. Opening a catering business with the help of her parents in the 90’s, Archna became an Indian cuisine authority. With her parents to ensure the authenticity of the food, Archna later opened Bhojanic. With several successful years in the Atlanta food scene Bhojanic has quadrupled its size in the last decade. In 2015 Archna put her food on wheels with Bhojanic food truck. Know who else loves Bhojanic? The Allman Brothers, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Big Gigantic, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, Blueground Undergrass, Cage the Elephant, Chris Robinson Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Derek Trucks Band, DJ logic, Galactic, George Clinton and the Parliament, Govt. Mule, G Love and Special Sauce, Greensky Bluegrass, John Buter Trio, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, Phish, Primus, Snoop Dog, String Cheese Incident, Thievery Corporation, Umphreys McGee, Widespread Panic, The Wailers, and The Wood Brothers. Not to brag.
Texas born identical twins Justin and Jonathan Fox always had a passion for feeding friends and family. Moving to Atlanta in 1998, Jonathan decided to move and take his passion and make a career, with Justin not far behind. Fox Bros BBQ started as a backyard gathering with live music and delicious food. Word quickly got out about the BBQ brothers and a humble gathering of friends quickly turned into a 250 person event. Working in someone else’s kitchen, Jonathon and Justin started garnering attention in the Barbecue community and food scene in Atlanta. When Jonathan was laid off from his corporate job in 2005 it seemed like the cosmic push the brothers needed to open their own space. Having already been the runner-up for “Best Overall Bar-B-Q” in the city of Atlanta, by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it was clear that the boys had something special. Opening their Dekalb Avenue restaurant in August 2007 was a turning point for the Fox brothers. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has become not only an Atlanta staple but a southeastern BBQ destination restaurant, with features in Southern Living, Forbes Travel Guide, Huffpost Taste, and USA Today Travel. Get in this line!
These Japanese bowls of healthy goodness are the perfect thing to order on the run. Sourcing responsibly, Bento Bus is big on making sure your lunch comes in biodegradable bowls with bamboo flatware. Got a composting question? Bento’s goal is to help spread the word about composting at home. The eco-friendly cooks are all about the fresh, local scene. Don’t get stuffed and uncomfortable in the heat while you discover your next favorite band. Catch a Bento bowl and feel good about what you are eating.
Mac and cheese is kind of a thing, right? Childhood comfort food that is always there when you need it. Want a step up from the ol’ blue box? Mac the Cheese is your answer. This isn’t your mom’s mac. With menu toppings like creamed collards, gruyère cheese, applewood smoked bacon on sourdough you know these cats aren’t messing around. This pastel plaid wrapped mobile kitchen is a hometown favorite. The line for this american fav may be long, but totally worth that warm belly feeling you’ll get after the first bite. Our go-to order is The Meatloaf Melt: meatloaf melted with house-made pimento cheese and tomato jam on sourdough that might pair well with Tyler Byant & the Shakedown.
Sometimes you’re just not interested in eating something solid while running from stage to stage. It’s hot. You’re tired, hyped, and that’s a weird combo. Why not pick up a meal in a bottle? Nectar has been named one of the healthiest food trucks in America by the Huffington Post. Combat all the garbage you’ll be consuming with a refreshing meal replacement smoothie. Looking to make sure you are nourished but not weighed down for that epic “Jumper” sing along with Third Eye Blind? Don’t make the mistake of ordering that burger. Nectar also offers vegan and gluten-free hot press sandwiches, and salads if meat is not your thing.
Large rainbow colored umbrellas have opened at festivals and events all over the Southeast, but it all started in Atlanta. This is the dream food entrepreneur tale. With some pocket change, a used ice cream pushcart, a mix of talent, and good intentions, King of Pops was born. Three brothers, a trip to South America and a corporate layoff was the recipe for these frozen dreams. Now carts can be found in parks, at festivals, and in front of breweries all over Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. End your festival food feast with some feel good dessert. Our favorites include (but are certainly not limited to) blood orange, grapefruit mint, raspberry rosewater, and chocolate sea salt.
Shaky Knees Music festival never disappoints with their lineup. It’s merely an added bonus that you have the option to eat very good at a festival. For a few days Centennial Olympic Park will be the epicurean epicenter of the city with a really kick-ass soundtrack.
Bonus: A Shaky Knees 2017 Playlist