By Lea LeFebvre
July 13, 2015
The pursuit of sustainability has become a cornerstone of music festivals worldwide. Organizations such as the Rex Foundation, Rock the Earth, Clean Vibes, and We Are Neutral exist to promote socially responsible lifestyles through music events. FloydFest is no stranger to this trend. Since its inception fourteen years ago, festival organizers have gone above and beyond to incorporate green initiatives to reduce waste, support local organic food, and encourage earth-friendly practices. “FloydFest, happily, has become synonymous with ‘greening,” says Kris and Erika Hodges, Floyd Fest’s co-founders. “With FloydFest, we try to exemplify what should happen on mountain tops and what shouldn’t!”
Each year, FloydFest draws an increasingly impressive lineup of artisanal chef-driven food trucks, pop-up restaurants with kitchens bigger than some downtown cafes, and specialty vendors serving up the region’s local flavors. In 2013, FloydFest was even voted “Festival with the Best Food” by Blue Ridge Outdoors. As you chow down some gator bites from Outback Kate’s or hot biscuits from Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company, keep in mind there’s more to the meal than just a tasty treat.
FloydFest was one of the first music festivals to mandate vendors to serve all food with 100% biodegradable plates and cutlery that can be disposed in on-site composting. Last year, nine tons of composting helped to divert 73 percent of waste from local landfills. “A very minimal percentage of our waste stream actually ends up in the landfill,” says Hodges. ”Our Green Team is exemplary in terms of volunteer training, awareness, and incentive.”
FloydFest’s “minimal impact” land usage is made possible by an onsite team of volunteers that help patrons efficiently utilize the festival’s “reuse” system. Throughout the weekend, the team is available at marked sites to answer questions regarding the proper disposal of waste and ensure festival attendees are maximizing the festival’s composting and recycling efforts. If the intrinsic fulfillment of promoting sustainability isn’t enough, FloydFest organizers offer prize drawings including VIP tickets to FloydFest 2016 just for doing the right thing.
Here is the full lineup of food vendors at FloydFest 2015:
*Featured* Dogtown Roadhouse: Wood Fired Pizza – Menu
Owner: Anga Miller
3 favorite bands at FloydFest 2015: Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, and Trampled by Turtles.
*Featured* Fork in the Road Food Truck: Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza, Specialty Dogs and Burgers – Menu
Owner: Dave Trinkle
3 favorite bands at FloydFest 2015: Grace Potter, Drive By Truckers, and First Aid Kit ￼
*Featured* Goatocado: Mountain Tropp Quinoa Bowl, Cheddar Jack Mac and Cheese, and Pomegranate Gingerade. – Menu
Owner: Ian Newell
3 favorite bands at FloydFest 2015: Lord Huron, Grace Potter and Keller Williams
*Featured* Bavarian Nut Hut: Cinnamon frosted pecans, Cashews, Almonds, and Peanuts.
Owner: Don Hutchins
3 favorite bands at FloydFest 2015: Emmy Lou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Grace Potter. ￼
*Featured* Monique’s Crepes – Menu
Owner: Monique Pecora
Delicious Dishe ￼ ￼
Feel Good Foods￼
Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. ￼
Outback Kate’s ￼
Greenlight Café ￼
The Pie Guy ￼
Other Vendors: Grapevine Restaurant, Revolution Juice, Solar Café, The Amish Baking Co., 2 Sister Foods and Bootleg BBQ.
For more info on FloydFest 2015 check out www.floydfest.com