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The 2019 Boston Calling Food Menu Is Here, with Hot Chicken Cheesesteaks and Mikkeller Beer

Get ready for fun festival fare from local vendors like Sweet Cheeks Q, chef Will Gilson's new Café Beatrice, and more.


Boston Calling 2018 photo by Emily Sotomayor for “Our Favorite Fan Style from Boston Calling 2018″ 

Loosen up your fanny packs, festival-goers: The Boston Calling food and drink lineup is here. The 10th edition of the music festival returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex over Memorial Day Weekend, with the alliterative trio of headliners Twenty-One Pilots, Tame Impala, and Travis Scott. Organizers are bringing back longtime fest-foot favorites like Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Zinnekin’s Waffles, Mikkeller Beer, and the Smoke Shop BBQ, and adding a few new local food options in the mix.

Sweet Cheeks Q is setting up for general-admission ticketholders for the first time this year, not with chef Tiffani Faison’s award-winning barbecue but instead with an awesome-sounding menu of smoked hot chicken Philly cheesesteaks, Oooey Gooey Cheesy nachos, and a Fluffernutter Garbage sundae (!). Elsewhere among the GA food options, find Puritan & Co.’s chef Will Gilson, who is bringing a lineup of sandwiches from the menu of his new, Allston pop-up, Café Beatrice. Two new food trucks are also parking at the festival: Stuffed by Papi will be on hand with sopapillas (Latin American hand pies) like chipotle smoked pork with pineapple pico and hatch green chili aioli slaw; and Boston Trolley Dogs is bringing loaded beef hot dogs.

In the Platinum section, some of Boston’s best-known chefs are elevating the dining experience for exclusive ticketholders. On Friday night, James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams is hosting a Saloniki souvlaki sandwich bar, with an assortment of grilled skewers and house-made dips. Toro, Coppa, and Little Donkey co-chef Jamie Bissonnette is in the house on Saturday, with a lettuce wrap station, a foie bratwurst with Japanese flavors, and more globally inspired stoner food. New England cuisine closes things out on Sunday, with Row 34 and Island Creek Oyster Bar chef Jeremy Sewall’s Maine lobster tacos; crispy oyster sliders; smoked salmon with pickles and grilled bread; and roasted chicken with pesto rigatoni.

For the third year, Boston Calling will have a big selection of Mikkeller Beer, with a lineup of internationally celebrated craft brews like Staff Magician New England Pale Ale, and Chill Pils Yuzu Pilsner. Boston Beer Co. again has a robust presence, with Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Sam ’76, and more available at the festival. Wine drinkers get Barefoot. Anyone seeking spirits at Boston Calling should spring for a VIP or Platinum ticket; the VIP section will have bars serving the likes of Ketel One and Bulleit Bourbon. Make sure to stay hydrated: Attendees can bring in a factory-sealed beverage or an empty water bottle, and refill at water stations throughout the campus.

Single-day and weekend general admission, VIP, and Platinum passes are on sale now, starting at $114. Check out the full, 2019 Boston Calling food and drink lineup below, and start planning your Boston Calling food crawl now.

Whole Heart Provisions TAZON STYLE-kale salad bowl

Whole Heart Provisions Tazon kale salad bowl at Boston Calling in May 2017. / Photo by Jacqueline Cain / Photo by Jacqueline Cain

Stone & Skillet English muffin pizzas at Boston Calling

Stone & Skillet English muffin pizzas at Boston Calling. / Photo by Lizzy Barrett / Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Standish Shore Oysters from Duxbury, at Boston Calling courtesy of Shuck Food Truck

Standish Shore Oysters from Duxbury, at Boston Calling courtesy of Shuck Food Truck. / Photo by Julia Hopkins / Photo by Julia Hopkins

Firefly's ribs, brisket beans, and corn bread plate (L) and the Smoke Shop BBQ Bomb with pulled pork

Firefly’s ribs, brisket beans, and corn bread plate (L) and the Smoke Shop BBQ Bomb with pulled pork at Boston Calling 2017. / Photo by Julia Hopkins / Photo by Julia Hopkins

Boston Calling General Admission Food Menu

*denotes a newcomer to the annual music festival

Arancini Bros
Classic Ragu – Saffron Risotto w/ Tomato Meat Sauce, Peas & Mozzarella
Bianco Verde – Basil Pesto w/ Mozzarella
Buffalo Ball – Roasted Chicken w/ Gorgonzola Cheese
Pizza Ball – Margherita Style Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella
Bucatini Fritti – Italian Style Mac & Cheese
Our Famous Nutella – Hazelnut Chocolate w/ Cinnamon Sugar

Bon Me
The Namesake – Sandwich with BBQ Pork
The K-Town – Sandwich with Korean Style Spicy Chicken
The JP – Sandwich with Roasted Paprika Tofu

*Trolley Dogs
Original (plain or mustard/ketchup)
Duke (relish, onion & deli mustard)
Dutchess (caramelized onions)
California (chili & nacho cheese)
New Yorker (sauerkraut & deli mustard)

*Café Beatrice
Tacos: Chicken, Pork, or Vegetable
Tomato and Avocado BLT
Prosciutto, Pepper, Fig and Burrata Sandwich
Grass Fed Beef Meatball Sandwich
Roasted Pork, Provolone, and Broccoli Rabe Sandwich

Chicken & Rice Guys
Halal Chicken Plate
Lamb Gyro
Combination Plate (chicken & gyro)

The Chubby Chickpea
Chicken Shawarma Rice Bowl
Falafel Bowl (Rice/Tabbouleh)
Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves
Chickpea Fries
Hummus with Pita

Copperdome Pizza
Cheese Slice
Pepperoni Slice
Spinach & Feta Slice
Whole Pizza (8 Slices – any combination)

Dean’s Concessions
Chicken Fingers & Fries
Fries
Fried Oreos

El Pelon Taqueria
Cheese Quesadilla V
Salsa Fresca Side V/GF
Guacamole Side V/GF
Chips
Boston Calling Combo (Cheese Quesadilla/Chips/Salsa/Guacamole)

The Flatbread Company
Cheese Pizza

FoMu Ice Cream
Scoops of Ice Cream
Waffle Cone
Sprinkles
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich

Joe’s American Bar & Grill
Mac & Cheese
Gluten Free Mac & Cheese
Clam Chowder

Jaju Pierogi
Mix & Match Pierogi
Potato & Cheese (V)
Kielbasa & Red Pepper
Jalapeno Cheddar (V)
Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion (V)

Love Art Sushi
Love Art Special
Hawaiian Poke
Onigiri (Rice Ball)
Inari Seaweed Salad

Moyzilla
Hand Folded Pork and Cabbage Dumplings
Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce
Katsu Meal Box add Spring Roll – Twice Fried Pork Cutlet, Rice,
Shredded Cabbage, Homemade Japanese BBQ Sauce
Katsu Sandwich – Twice Fried Pork Cutlet, Bulky Roll, Shredded Cabbage,
Homemade Japanese BBQ Sauce, Aioli
Crispy Spring Rolls with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce V

Riceburg
Crispy Chicken Rice Burger/Rice Bowl (Sweet & Sour)
Bulgogi Shaved Steak Rice Burger/Rice Bowl GF upon request
Shitake Mushroom Rice Burger/Rice Bowl V/GF upon request
Matcha Green Tea Lemonade

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Three Cheese Melt
Rookie Melt (three cheese melt with tomato)
Hot Honey Bacon (three cheese melt with bacon and Mike’s Hot Honey)
Green Monster (three cheese melt with bacon & guacamole)
Deep River Chips

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Steak Sandwich
Lobster Roll
Chicken Salad Wrap
Cape Cod Chips

The Sausage Guy
Sweet
Hot
IPA Brat
All Beef Hot
Steak and Cheese with Peppers-Onions

Sate Grill (Momogoose)
Banh Mi Sandwich
Build Your Own Bowl + Side
Rice Noodles or Salad
Chicken or Curry Tofu
CrispyRoll or Dumpling
Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookie

Shuck Truck
Oysters on the Half Shell
Lobster Roll
Hot & Butter’d or Cape Cod Cold
Lobster Roll Slider
Hot & Butter’d or Cape Cod Cold
Lobster Fries! Old Bae Fries With
Brown Butter Bisque, Smoked Gouda Cheese, Fresh Shucked Lobster
and Bacon Aioli (V/GF)
Old Bae Fries (GF/Vegan)

The Smoke Shop BBQ
The BBQ Bomb (served in a waffle cone)
The Pit Boss
The BBQ Sandwiches (Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, Burnt Ends)
The Sides (Cornbread, Mac & Cheese, Pit Beans, Coleslaw)
The BRL (Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Pork Loin)

Stone & Skillet
English Muffin Cheese Pizza
Pepperoni Pizza

*Stuffed by Papi
Seared Steak and Cheese Sopapilla
Pork Al Pastor Sopapilla
Sopapilla Doughnut
The OG: Sopapilla drizzled with honey and dusted with powdered sugar

*Sweet Cheeks Q
Smoked Hot Chicken Philly Cheese Steak
add avocado or bacon
Oooey Gooey Cheesy Nachos
add guacamole, chicken, or bacon
Fluffernutter Garbage Sundae

Tasty Burger
Hamburger
Cheeseburger
Bacon Cheeseburger
Veggie Burger
Veggie Burger with Cheese
Chicken Nuggets
Bag of Chips
Tasty Tots (GF)
Cheese Tots
Chili Tots
Chili Cheese Tots

Whole Heart Provisions
Miso Bowl (GF/Vegan)
Tazon Bowl (GF/Vegan)
Viet Bowl (GF/Vegan)
Searaed Avocado (GF/Vegan)

Zinneken’s
Liege Waffle
The Gourmand (Caramel, Bananas, Whip Cream)
Fruit Delight (Melted Chocolate, Bananas, Strawberries)
Ice Cream Zandwich (Vanilla Ice Cream)

Boston Calling Platinum Admission Food Menu

Friday, May 24
Chef Jody Adams
Trade, Porto, Saloniki

Meze Board with Pita Chips & House Made Dips, Herb Marinated Olives, Sheep’s Milk Feta, Veggies

Souvlaki Sandwich Bar with Grilled Chicken, Pork, Lamb, and Veggie Skewers
Rolls, Toppings, House-Made Sauces

Village Salad
Seasonal Salad

Baklava Triangles
Mini Chocolate Cookies
Halva Chocolate Chip Cookies

Saturday, May 25
Chef Jamie Bissonnette
Toro, Coppa, Little Donkey

Coppa’s Celery Caesar (V)
Little Donkey’s Foie Bratwurst with Japanese Flavors
Toro Corn (Off the Cob) (GF/V)
LD BYO Lamb Bacon Lettuce Wrap Station (GF)
LD Impossible Burgers
LD Fried Chicken Sandos LD
Toro’s Vegan Paella

Sunday, May 26
Chef Jeremy Sewall
Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34

Romaine Salad, Roasted Tomatoes, Balsamic Vinaigrette
Grilled Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche
Maine Lobster Tacos with Mango andAvocado
Chilled Shrimp Salad with Sesame, Roasted Peppers, Cucumber
Crispy Oyster Sliders with Pickled Onion, Chili Aioli
Roasted Chicken with Rigatoni And Basil Pesto
Smoked Salmon Plate with Pickles, Grilled Bread
Cookies and Brownies

Beer and Wine

Miller Lite
Miller High Life
Sol Cerveza
Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Pilsner Urquell (Draft Only)
Sam Adams Summer Ale
Sam Adams NEIPA
Sam Adams ’76 (Draft Only)
Sam Adams Boston Lager (Draft Only)
Truly Wild Berry Spiked Seltzer
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Angry Orchard Rose (Draft Only)
Mikkeller Table Talker Belgian Table Brew
Mikkeller Chill Pils Yuzu Pilsner
Mikkeller Staff Magician NE Pale Ale
Mikkeller Passion Pool Gose
Mikkeller Raspberry Blush Berliner Weisse
Mikkeller Windy Hill NE IPA
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brekkie Loq ABV Stout
Mikkeller Ripple Effect West Coast IPA
Barefoot Pinot Grigio
Barefoot Pinot Noir
Barefoot Moscato Spritzer
Barefoot Rose Spritzer
Barefoot Sangria Spritzer
Barefoot Summer Red Spritzer