May 2, 2018
The city of Atlanta has welcomed top-notch musical acts to Georgia for decades, with festivals such as Music Midtown, SweetWater 420 Festival, A3C, Afropunk, and Project Pabst just to name a few. Over the past five years, Shaky Knees has brought some of the biggest headliners in indie music to the city as well as up-and-coming alternative, folk and Americana artists. After two successful years of Shaky Knees, Sweetwood created its sister festival, Shaky Beats, a festival focused on electronic dance music. This filled a void for a genre in high demand in Atlanta after EDM festivals such as TomorrowWorld and Counterpoint ended in 2015. Both Shaky festivals bring not only some of the best acts in their genres to Atlanta but also gourmet food and beverages.
Just like curating a solid music lineup that satisfies the attendees, picking great food options is an integral part of the festival experience. Festival food is meant to be eaten quickly but also needs to be nourishing and energizing for those long hours dancing in the sun. Some of the best food trucks in the Southeast will be in attendance.
Here are few options you should try:
Hailing from Atlanta Bento Bus has served local foodies healthy, Japanese-inspired food for over five years. This food truck makes it a goal to source ingredients locally as well as to use organic ingredients in their unique and trendy dishes. For attendees looking to try a modern take on Japanese food try the Sushirrito, a sushi burrito, a non-GMO sesame soy wrap stuffed with protein, steamed white rice, cucumber, avocado, green onion, shredded seaweed, tempura crunch and a special sauce. This truck also offers more traditional dishes like rice bowls, salad bowls, nachos, dumplings and edamame.
Roti Rolls serves most of their farm fresh ingredients in a flaky, doughy flatbread called Roti, which makes this portable food perfect for festivals. Roti Rolls was established over eight years ago in Charleston and creates savory dishes using influences from around the globe such as Asian, Indian, Caribbean, and Southern. Roti Rolls is no stranger to the festival circuit. Serving at Electric Forest, Imagine and Bonnaroo, they are well-known and have been voted as Charleston’s best food truck since 2010. They serve up distinctive combos like Korean BBQ and the Creole macaroni and cheese. For those that want something less adventurous, Roti Rolls also has great rice bowls, vegetarian sides, and salads.
Indian Food is a rare site at a music festival and Bhojanic has created a mobile kitchen to serve up some of Atlanta’s best Indian food at Shaky Knees and Beats. Bhojanic is a family-run Indian restaurant that has served Atlanta for the past 14 years through two restaurants, a catering business and now the Bhojanic food truck. There will be traditional Northern Indian offerings available such as samosas, pastries filled with vegetables and spices served with chutney, and chicken tikka masala rice bowls.
Humpty Dumplings is anything but a mainstream act. They started after the truck’s owners made a drunken snack of rotisserie chicken dumplings over four years ago. Now this truck serves traditional dim sum with an American spin with flavors like cheesesteak and buffalo chicken. If crispy wontons stuffed with tasty fillings aren’t for you, noodle bowls and seasonal salads are also served here. Vegans can try the pulled “pork” dumpling made from shredded jackfruit, onion and BBQ sauce. Rolling Stone awarded this truck as the “Best Thing We Ate at Bonnaroo” in 2016, so you know it’s probably good.
Super Tot is another Atlanta-based food truck that makes loaded tater tot dishes with gluten free and vegan tots. Choose between the plain tots or get a loaded bowl. The Devil Went Down to Georgia is covered with 14-hour smoked pork, Cherry Coke barbecue sauce, creamy sriracha ranch slaw and crispy fried onion strings topped with fried pickles. There are also a few vegetarian options that can be made vegan.
The Loaded Burger will be returning to Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats again this year. Serving in the Southeast since 2012, this food truck stuffs their burgers for a burst of flavor that will have your senses awakened. One example is the Nacho Burger, an Angus burger injected with taco sauce and sour cream topped with tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, scallions and nacho cheese. There is nothing more All-American and filling than a burger and The Loaded Burger truck has many options for everyone to enjoy. The Chicken Cali Burger is hand-ground chicken loaded with tri-pepper jam, queso and avocado. There is also a vegetarian portabella burger that can be made vegan without the cheese.
The Loaded Taco is Atlanta’s newest taco mobile kitchen and The Loaded Burger’s sister truck. They’ll be making classic tacos with distinct flavors from the Far East to the Southwest. Some interesting variations include the cheeseburger taco and the Korean BBQ taco. Also try the loaded garlic and parmesan chips while vegetarians can enjoy the grilled tofu taco with roasted corn, red and yellow peppers, lettuce and cheese.
The Atlanta sun is going to feel hot when it hits 80 degrees on Saturday afternoon so cool down with a frozen treat. Rio’s Italian Ice is a family-owned frozen dessert company that makes all of its ices and ice creams from scratch with fresh pulps, purees and juices. With ices from strawberry lemonade to Skittles rainbow, and salted caramel ice cream, everyone is sure to find something they like.
Macaroni and cheese is another crowd favorite and this Atlanta food truck will be serving up this tasty comfort food in several variations. All of Mac The Cheese’s food is made from scratch with dishes like buffalo chicken and spinach and artichoke macs. The truck will also have a few sandwiches for those looking for a handheld option, like the meatloaf melt, melted with housemade pimento cheese and tomato jam.
For a boost of energy, Bearclaw Coffee Co will be bringing its mobile fleet down from Michigan both weekends. This coffee company has been around since 2004 and earned a well-deserved and dependable customer base. Stop by the truck for a sweet mocha, a refreshing smoothie or energizing espresso. Bearclaw also specializes in frozen drinks for a cold afternoon pick me up.