Boston Calling Has a Mikkeller Beer Garden, Stone & Skillet Pizza, and More This Spring

The food and drink lineup has grown proportionally with the festival’s new location at Harvard.

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With Boston Calling’s move to the (relatively) wide open space of the Harvard Athletic Complex in Lower Allston this spring, you can bet the concessions organizers upped their game.

That means the usual favorites, like Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Tasty Burger, Bon Me, and Whole Heart Provisions, plus new offerings including oysters, rice burgers, artisan English muffin pizzas, eight—that’s right, eight—Mikkeller beers on draft, and much more—and that’s just in the general admission section. VIP and Platinum ticketholders will have access to meals by chefs like Brendan Pelley (Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), and Michael Scelfo (Waypoint, Alden & Harlow).

“Prior to this, we were somewhat restricted by the physical real estate on [City Hall Plaza],” says Stewart Billodeaux, director of concessions for event producer Crash Line Productions. “We’re basically doubling the size of the festival. Not only can we have twice as many vendors, but we can do a whole, wide array of offerings, from vegetarian, to barbecue, to oysters on the half shell. It really just enhances the experiences from top to bottom, because now everyone is going to find something they like to eat.”

The Texas native, who has been involved with festivals from Lollapalooza to the Austin City Limits Fest and beyond, is especially excited to welcome chef Andy Husbands and the Smoke Shop BBQ to the GA lineup, he says.

“I’ve heard so much great stuff about Stone & Skillet, so I’m intrigued to see how they turn this English muffin thing into a pizza,” Billodeaux adds. And Mikkeller’s Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, who brewed a signature lager for the festival last spring, is “such a wizard and a creator. I can’t wait to taste what he brings to the table.”

The Mikkeller beer garden will be a refuge from the melee, Billodeaux says. Located in between the two main stages but tucked into a little forest of trees, “it’ll be a neat place to chill out and figure out where you’re going next,” he says. There will be eight Mikkeller selections, two special Sam Adams offerings, the Porch Rocker and a Raspberry Lemon gose; and Peroni and Pilsner Urquell.

Other bars throughout the complex will offer cans of Sam Adams Boston Lager, Summer, and Rebel IPA, High Life and other Miller offerings, and Truly Spiked & Sparkling boozy seltzer. Dark Horse is providing a red and white wine option, and Platinum ticketholders will have some liquor choices, too.

A few groups of food vendors will be sited throughout the grounds, while VIP and Platinum areas will have their own access.

Check out the full food and drink lineup below—and plan your Memorial Day weekend accordingly to catch sets by Chance the Rapper, Solange, Bon Iver, the xx, Mumford & Sons, Weezer, Run the Jewels, and more.

$99-$999, May 26-28, Harvard Athletic Complex, 65 N. Harvard St., Boston, bostoncalling.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION

*Denotes new vendor in 2017

Arancini Bros

  • Classic Ragu – Saffron Risotto with tomato meat sauce, peas and mozzarella
  • Bianco Verde – Basil pesto with mozzarella
  • Buffalo Ball – Roasted chicken with gorgonzola cheese
  • Bucatini Fritti – Italian style mac and cheese
  • Pizza Ball – Margherita tomato, basil, mozzarella
  • Our Famous Nutella – Hazelnut chocolate and cinnamon sugar
  • Granito Pops – Lemon, pistachio, and watermelon

*Big Mozz

  • Mozzarella Sticks

Bon Me

Signature Vietnamese Sandwiches and Soba Noodle Salads with choice of filling:

  • Spiced Rubbed Chicken
  • Chinese BBQ Pork
  • Roasted Soy and Paprika Tofu

CopperDome Crust

  • Artisan wood-fired pizza with a variety of toppings

*El Pelon Taqueria

  • Steak or chicken tacos with rice and black beans
  • Steak or chicken bowl with a flour tortilla, salsa, Mexican rice and black beans
  • Chips, salsa, and guacamole

Firefly’s BBQ

  • St. Louis Ribs
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwich
  • BBQ Bowl with pulled pork or pulled chicken, mac and cheese, beans and coleslaw
  • Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
  • Pulled Pork Mac and Coleslaw
  • Crazy Roo Wings
  • Big Side of Mac
  • BBQ Beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Cornbread
  • Potato salad

*Flatbread Pizza

  • Pizza by the slice

*FoMu Ice Cream

  • Scoops
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Baked Goodies

*Joe’s American Bar & Grill

  • Joe’s Original New England Clam Chowder
  • Classic Chili

*Moyzilla

  • Katsu and panko-crusted pork tenderloin with cabbage, aioli and optional jasmine rice
  • Rice and cabbage salad with soy ginger dip
  • Hand-folded pork and red cabbage dumpling

*Riceburg

  • Rice burgers, rice bowls, and salad bowls with the choice of filling:
  • Spicy Sweet and Sour Crispy Chicken
  • Bulgogi Shaved Steak
  • Spicy Sweet and Sour Vegetarian Chicken
  • Shiitake Mushroom

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

  • Hot Honey Bacon
  • Green Muenster
  • Classic Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato
  • Grillos Pickles
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

  • Steak Sandwich
  • Salad with Steak Sandwich
  • Salad with Lobster or Lobster Roll
  • Vegetable Wrap

*Sate’ Grill

  • Brown Rice with choice of Chicken, Tofu, or Beef
  • Rice Noodles with choice of Chicken, Tofu, or Beef
  • Mixed greens and Veggies with choice of Chicken, Tofu, or Beef
  • Crispy Rolls
  • Gyoza Dumplings

*Shuck Food Truck

  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Lobster Roll, Cape Cod cold
  • Lobster Roll Slider

*Stone and Skillet

  • English Muffin Cheese Pizza
  • English Muffin Pepperoni Pizza
  • English Muffin Hawaiian Pizza

The Sausage Guy

  • Sweet, Hot and Bourbon Sausages
  • Sausage Guy Brats
  • All Beef Hot Dogs
  • Steak Tips

*The Smoke Shop

  • Queso Mac and Cheese
  • Chopped Brisket Sandwich
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Smoked Chicken Sandwich
  • BBQ beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Cornbread with honey-sea salt butter
  • Tacos (3 per order)–with salsa verde, cabbage slaw, and choice of protein
  • BBQ Bomb—a waffle cone filled with queso mac and cheese, BBQ beans, coleslaw and choice of pork, brisket, or chicken, topped with jalapeños
  • Pit Crew (2 meats, 2 sides)
  • Pit Boss (all 3 meats, all 3 sides)
  • Butter Cake

Tasty Burger

  • Hamburger
  • Cheeseburger
  • Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Veggie Burger
  • Veggie Burger with Cheese
  • Tots
  • Chips

Whole Heart Provisions

  • Tazon Bowl (over greens or grains)–pineapple, corn salsa, Korean black beans, smash cucumber and tomato, red cabbage slaw, lime vinaigrette, corn nuts
  • Miso Style Bowl–roasted broccoli, shaved Brussels sprouts, smashed cucumber, pickled carrots, red cabbage slaw, orange miso sauce, toasted sesame seeds
  • Viet Style Bowl–roasted broccoli, smashed cucumber, tomato, pickled carrots, savory green beans, spicy peanut sauce, peanut crumble
  • Seared avocado side dish

Zinneken’s Belgian Waffles

  • Sugar Belgian Waffle with choice of Nutella, Banana, Maple Syrup, Cookie Butter Spread, Caramel

VIP FOOD MENU

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

  • Beef Sliders

*Shuck Food Truck

  • Oysters on the Half Shell

*Love Art Sushi

  • Shoyu Ahi Tuna Poké Bowl–Hawaiian-style marinated yellowfin in soy, sesame, chili, garlic, nori with scallions over seasoned sushi rice
  • Spicy Crawfish Sushi Bowl–Tender crawfish tossed in Sriracha wasabi aioli topped with panko over seasoned sushi rice
  • Avocado Ponzu Boat–Half an avocado surrounded by microgreens filled with citrus ponzu topped with furikake over seasoned sushi rice

*Puritan & Company (Friday & Saturday)

Choice of tacos, a bowl with grains and greens, or a sandwich with the choice of the following proteins:

  • Grilled pork
  • Organic salmon, raw or grilled
  • Free-range chicken

*Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar (Sunday)

  • Chicken souvlaki with tzatziki, pickled onion and tomato
  • Ancient Grains salad with dried fruit, nuts, seeds and cumin yogurt

PLATINUM FOOD MENU

*Collettey’s

  • The Amazing Cookie

*Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow (Friday)

  • Broccoli with squash hummus and smoked cashews
  • Kale salad with pistachio and lemon
  • Pickled corn pancakes with maple, buttermilk, and shishito peppers
  • Pulled pork with fennel slaw and potato rolls

*Nookie Postal of Commonwealth (Saturday)

  • Snap pea Greek salad with feta, cucumbers, olives, and chilis
  • Smoked chicken thighs with grilled peach and scallion relish
  • Grilled chorizo with red cabbage curtido, lime, and spicy crema
  • Parkerhouse rolls

*Will Gilson of Puritan & Company (Sunday)

  • Salad with vegetables, grains, and cheese
  • Salad with spring greens, lemon vinaigrette, and herb croutons
  • Grilled marinated chicken
  • Herb-baked salmon with preserved Meyer lemon relish
  • Rice and black-eyed peas
  • Roasted potatoes with mustard butter
  • Sautéed broccoli rabe with roasted garlic and Parmesan

BEER

  • Samuel Adams Raspberry Lemon Gose
  • Samuel Adams Porch Rocker
  • Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
  • Samuel Adams Summer Ale
  • Miller Lite
  • Miller High Life
  • Henry’s Hard Soda Orange
  • Angry Orchard Easy Apple
  • Truly Spiked and Sparkling, Colima Lime
  • Pilsner Urquell
  • Peroni
  • Mikkeller Windy Hill IPA
  • Mikkeller Peter, Pale and Mary
  • Mikkeller Waves IPA
  • Mikkeller BC Dream Hoppy Pilsner
  • Mikkeller Raspberry Blush
  • Mikkeller Hop Geek Breakfast
  • Mikkeller May 6th Hazy APA
  • Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

WINE

  • Dark Horse Cabernet
  • Dark Horse Rose