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The 2020 Boston Calling Food and Drink Lineup Is Here, with Roxy’s Fried Chicken and Mikkeller Beer

Plus, Colin Lynch of Bar Mezzana, Mike Stark of Shōjo, and other top chefs are cooking for Platinum ticketholders.


Boston Calling 2018 photo by Emily Sotomayor

With headliners curated from your ’90s CD collection—Rage Against the Machine, the Foo Fighters, and Red Hot Chili Peppers—this year’s Boston Calling music festival might have you craving nostalgic snacks like Cool Ranch Doritos, Dunkaroos, and an ice-cold bottle of Surge. But instead, as usual, the dining lineup is stacked with diverse and delicious fest fare from the local likes of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Tasty Burger, and more, including tons of new additions. Roxy’s Fried Chicken has its own booth this year, along with newcomers like Brighton’s Brato Kitchen, known for grilled cheese, wings, and sausages by chef Jonathan Gilman; the gyro heroes GreCo; homemade treats from Top Shelf Cookies; Bisq chef Alex Saenz’s Taqueria el Barrio; and the classic Regina Pizzeria.

Check out the lineup of general admission food vendors below. If you’re springing for Platinum tickets, though, you’re in for a treat. Think: Oysters on the half-shell and more from Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34, and award-winning crudo and sushi from chef Colin Lynch (Bar Mezzana, No Relation at Shore Leave, Black Lamb) on Friday. On Saturday, sample reimagined dim sum from Shōjo Group chef Mike Stark; and tuck into blue plate specials from Trina’s Starlite Lounge chef Suzi Maitland.

Ledger chef Daniel Gursha is bringing down a taste of his Salem restaurant, Ledger—he has the early shift on Sunday, so hopefully his menu hits on brunch. Later that day, Top Chef competitor Adrienne Wright and her boss, Chris Coombs, who oversee the kitchens at Deuxave, Boston Chops, and dBar, are bringing festival-ready versions of their fine French, stellar steakhouse, and cool urban bistro cuisine.

The VIP lounge is sponsored by Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort this year; ticketholders can expect some signature cocktails, an expanded beer and wine selection, and complimentary snacks there, among its other amenities (hello, phone charging stations and air-conditioned restrooms!).

For the fourth year running, Boston Calling will have a big selection of Mikkeller Beer at a bar boasting eight of the Copenhagen brewery’s internationally celebrated craft brews. Boston Beer Co. again has a robust presence, with Sam Adams, Truly Spiked Seltzer, and more of its Boston-born brands; and Miller Lite and High Life abound. Wine drinkers get Barefoot. Anyone seeking spirits at Boston Calling should spring for a Platinum ticket: The exclusive area is where to find bars mixing cocktails with Jack Daniel’s and Herradura Silver.

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.

Rage fans, we hope you got your tickets already, because single-day GA and VIP passes for Saturday have already sold out. There are still full-weekend ticket packages available, starting at $400, and single-day Friday and Sunday passes, starting at $150, plus Platinum packages all around.

Check out the full, 2020 Boston Calling food and drink lineup below, and start planning your Boston Calling food crawl now.

Boston Calling General Admission Food Menu

*denotes a newcomer to the 11th annual music festival

Arancini Bros
* The Bacon Truck
Bon Me
* Brato Brewhouse
Chicken & Rice Guys
Chubby Chickpea
* Cookie Monstah
Copperdome Pizza
Deans Concessions
* Egg Roll Café
El Pelón Taqueria
Firefly BBQ
Flatbread Pizza Co.
Fomu Ice Cream
* GreCo
Jaju Pierogi
Joe’s American Bar & Grille
Love Art Sushi
Moyzilla
* Regina Pizzeria
Rice Burg
* Roxy’s Fried Chicken
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Saté Grill
Stone & Skillet
* Taqueria El Barrio
Tasty Burger
The Smoke Shop BBQ
The Sausage Guy
* Top Shelf Cookies
Trolley Dogs
Whole Heart Provisions
Zinneken’s

Platinum Food Menu

Friday, May 22

Chef Jeremy Sewall
Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34
2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Chef Colin Lynch
Bar Mezzana, Shore Leave, Black Lamb, No Relation
6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

Chef Mike Stark
Shojo, Ruckus
2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Chef Suzi Maitland
Trina’s Starlight Lounge
6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday, May 24

Chef Daniel Gursha
Ledger
2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Chefs Chris Coombs & Adrienne Wright
Deuxave, Boston Chops, dbar
6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Beer & Wine Menu

Miller Lite
Miller High Life
Peroni
St. Archer
Sam Adams New England IPA
Sam Adams Summer Ale
Truly Wild Berry
Truly Lemonade
Mikkeller Brewing

Barefoot Sangria Spritzer
Barefoot Rose Spritzer
Barefoot Pinot Noir
Barefoot Pinot Grigio
Barefoot Crisp White Spritzer
Barefoot Moscato Spritzer

Featured Liquor Sponsors (Platinum Only)

Jack Daniel’s
Herradura Silver