We introduced our friends to our other friends, and now they are best friends.
Check out these BFF (best-food-friend) combos, exclusive to Gov Ball 2019.
We believe that many of the best things in life come smothered in cheese. Specifically, the most dope queso (from King David Tacos) you will ever consume in your life on top of the infamous Melt Shop tater tots. This is a match made in heaven.
We love when our favorite artists collab, but we love it even more when our favorite foodies collab, because you can eat food. This year’s hottest mashup is the Doughnug Slider. You guessed it – thats a nugget in between two mini doughnuts. This is definitely going to top the charts.
Alert the media because we have an exclusive collaboration from our favorite pickles and our favorite team of people who fry things. That’s right. Only at Gov Ball can you try a delectable Grillo’s Pickle fried by the frying masters at Big Mozz. If you like fried pickles, then this is kind of a big dill!!!
Coffee makes life possible – and ice cream makes life worth living. So put them together and you affogato try it. Our pals at Rise Brewing Co. and the ice cream all star Davey’s have teamed up to offer this delicious, caffeinated dessert that will keep you dancing until the early hours.
New additions and new editions – we’ve got them both.
Check out our newcomers as well as new twists on old favorites below!
The idea for Cousins Maine Lobster came in 2011 when cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac were discussing food they used to eat while growing up in Portland, Maine. Together they have come up with the most delicious food that makes us all nostalgic for Maine, whether you’ve been there or not.Visit Website
Walter’s Hot Dogs is a Westchester institution and nationally registered historical landmark, serving their world-famous hot dog since 1919.
An exclusive blend of beef, pork and veal, Walter’s hot dogs are split down the
middle, grilled in a “secret sauce,” and served on a toasted bun with Walter’s
signature mustard: a blend of choice mustard seeds, relish and spices. The building
itself was established in 1928 on Palmer Avenue in Mamaroneck, New York and has been drawing long lines and loyal patrons ever since.
Mekelburg’s is a Brookyln institution. Their Trivia Nights are the place to be. We just had to have them at Gov Ball. Babka Poppers (cinnamon babka ball served with a vanilla bean cream cheese schmear.) and a spicy hot chicken sandwich are a few of the items you can try at the festival (only to become obsessed and have to make weekly trips to their locations in Williamsburg and Clinton Hill). You were warned!Visit Website
Picture this: you’re still a kid, getting ready for school, pouring yourself a bowl of your fav cereal. Flash forward to today: you’re an adult and can do whatever you want, including have dessert for breakfast. Milk & Cream Cereal Bar agrees and has come up with a modern spin on a timeless favorite. A place where the old reconnects with the new, serving nostalgia in every bite with an endless combination of your favorite cereals!Visit Website
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and therefore should be absolutely delicious. Agree? Then make sure you stop by King David Tacos for the best breakfast tacos in New York, made by a native Austinite, in the authentic Austin style, with real Austin ingredients. We love NYC, but you can’t beat an Austin breakfast taco. Go see for yourself!Visit Website
ATTENTION VEGAN FOODIES: The Gov Ball & Beyond ball is truly a dream come true. This exclusive recipe will feature a vegan beef crumble with salsa, sour cream, a cheddar and cornmeal crust and it’s totally vegan! We love this ball to infinity & beyond!Visit Website
Sweet Chick Co-Owner Nas may have a N.Y. State of Mind but he has a Southern State of Stomach. Sweet Chick does chicken and waffles in the very best way. A very popular NYC brunch establishment and a very popular place for just gosh darn good food.Visit Website
Based out of Bushwick, this is the most iconic pizza spot in NYC, serving up some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the city. Expect interesting creations like The Bee Sting which features pepperonis, honey and chili flakes.Visit Website
Are you a Match(a) for MatchaBar? If you’re not already a super-fan, you definitely need to check them out. Sourced directly from a family farm in Nisho, Japan, MatchaBar signature drinks are the real deal and if you’re looking to step it up in a real interesting, heady way, this is it.Visit Website
Ramen Burger serves a delicious burger that uses ramen in place of a bun. Some people hear about this and say “who would ever think that up or eat that?!” Those people are stupid (respectfully), since this offering is one of the most unique and delicious in the city. What’s better than a ramen burger? A ramen cheeseburger.Visit Website
Are you one of those people that prefers cookie dough to actual baked cookies? Or are you one of those people that prefer baked cookies but also really love cookie dough because that shit is delicious too? 100% of the world’s population falls into either of these categories and what that tells us is that everyone really likes cookie dough. DŌ serves just that and it has quickly become one of the most in demand food items in all of the city, with lines at the Greenwich Village location often times wrapping around the block. The dough they serve is as beautiful as it is delicious and it will make you very, very happy – we pinky swear.Visit Website
Do you ever find yourself awake at 4am on a Wednesday wondering why mozzarella sticks aren’t offered as much as chicken tenders when they are equally as delicious and arguably more satisfying? We do and it’s had us mystified for years. So much so that we sought out the very best mozzarella sticks vendor in all of NYC – Big Mozz Sticks – and demanded that they be at this year’s festival. You may have seen these fine folks slinging their sticks at Smorgasburg or via Instagram where people photograph both the food itself and their faces after taking bites. If you know the deal, you are excited already. If you don’t, get ready and don’t miss these bad boys.Visit Website
CRUFF: [kr-uff] noun
– Combination of (Cr)eam from ice cream + St(uff)ed
– A perfectly toasted, glazed donut stuffed with your ice cream flavor & toppings of choice.
Yes, you read that right. This East Village shop may have come up with the most awesome dessert of our time: a donut stuffed with ice cream. And you can snag yours this year at Gov Ball.Visit Website
Sometimes, great things come in small packages. This is def the case of Doughnuttery’s mini doughnuts. These little bites of heaven are made with high quality local and exotic ingredients which are allow them to create some traditional (and not-so-traditional) fun and delicious flavor combinations. These unique flavors, coupled with their innovative cooking methods make for amazing and entertaining Doughnuttery experience!Visit Website
“Come all without, come all within, You’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Quinn” – Bob Dylan
While we’re pretty sure that Bob Dylan didn’t write his famous song after this truly epic BBQ joint, our money is on someone writing a song about it soon. Why? Because it’s f’ing amazing and delicious and few things in the city and galaxy are better. There’s always a line out the door at their East Village location or at their Brooklyn Flea booth and for well deserved reason – the food is just that good.Visit Website
New Territories was created in 2016 with the mission to bring traditional Hong Kong eats and sweets with a bit of New York flavor. We know you’ve seen their Unicorn Parade Milkshake on Insta… These magically delicious concoctions are more than just a pretty picture. Do it for the ‘gram AND your tastebuds!Visit Website
If you have any knowledge of basic arithmetic, you know that 1+1 = 2. Well, in this case, 1+1 = LIFE CHANGING. Two of our absolute favorite cuisines put together make one crazy delicious meal. If you haven’t tried this mind-blowing Japanese-Mexican street-food mash-up then you need to get on it. Because we said so.Visit Website
We specialize in modern pan fried dumplings using unique flavors which have been influenced by the cultural diversity of our hometown – New York City.
People love unicorns. This undisputed fact is proven by Taiyaki, a NYC ice cream shop located in the Chinatown / Little Italy area of the city which has received insane reviews from pretty much every media outlet and critic out there. The ice cream is incredible, and the unicorn float is meant for your Instagram feed.Visit Website
NY’s own John’s Juice is serving up a one of a kind juicing experience at Gov Ball. At John’s Juice, fresh fruit is enjoyed in its natural state, right from the source. Offering a variety of classic and exotic fruits with optional mix ins, you can’t go wrong with one of these bad boys. Not to mention how insta-worthy they are. It’s all juice, no cups, ya dig?
• Watermelon John
• Pineapple John
• Coconut John
• Dragonfruit John
• The GovernorVisit Website
Who doesn’t love a good ice cream sammy? The ladies who founded Coolhaus thought we deserved some fresh new flavors of our favorite treat, and girl, did they deliver. Each treat is handcrafted with hormone free, real California milk, cage free eggs, fairtrade chocolate and the freshest, most unique ingredients available. Catch them in their truck at Gov Ball and see for yourself.Visit Website
Never has “once you pop, the fun don’t stop” been more true! These Mexican ice popsicles will keep you cool all day long. & what’s cooler than being cool? ICE COLD.Visit Website
Whatchu know about Hong Kong Waffles? Nothing? Shame (said in Game of Thrones voice) on you. Wowfulls hails from Bensonhurst and take the amazing delicacies of Hong Kong cuisine and mix them with incredible waffles and the end result is something you really need to try. If you like Asian food, waffles, and a good play on words, you gotta try Wowfulls.Visit Website
Delicious lobster, crab and shrimp rolls — all fresh from Maine. Freshness + Seafood + Deliciousness = party in the mouth.
You know who and what Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is – they have those buttery yellow trucks and those cozy stores around the city and people hovering around them are eating ice cream that is made from scratch. It’s really great stuff, with the Classic scoops made with nothing more than fresh milk and cream, cane sugar and egg yolks. The Vegan scoops are made with fresh cashew milk, coconut milk, cocoa butter and extra virgin coconut oil. Summer means it’s hot, and hot means ice cream, and we all cream for ice scream. Or something like that.Visit Website
In 1998, Sean Meenan built Café Habana in an old-school Dominican diner that had been holding it down on the corner of Elizabeth and Prince long before NoLita was born. Inspired by a storied Mexico City lunch joint where legend has it Che and Fidel plotted the Cuban Revolution, Café Habana is a mix of straight-shooter authenticity and nonchalant cool. Their Cuban Sandwich has been voted NYC’s best and we cannot argue with straight facts.Visit Website
It’s only right that we celebrate the 1,083 day anniversary of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” with a vendor that is dedicated to solely that – LEMONADE! Honestly, within that time, both lemonades have changed my life & we can’t wait for Renegade Lemonade to change yours too!Visit Website
“My Carreta” wants to bring our Colombian flavors to the public. We’ve transformed the way people usually make their plantains by making them into different shapes, such as a cone, flat, cups, and more. We’ve even added quinoa and chia seeds to our plantain mix. We serve them with your choice of chicken, chorizo, pork, cole slaw, sauces, guacamole, and cheese. You can mix and match and we can convert our dishes to satisfy a meat lover and a vegan.Visit Website
Growing up, you were either a cheeseburger kid or a nugget kid. If you fall into the latter camp, indulge your childhood dreams at The Nugget Spot.Visit Website
Home Frite has been a long time favorite at food and music festivals.
Their fries are served in a cone with homemade sauces, making them great for a snack on the go. If you can’t decide, go with their most popular menu item, TRUFFLE FRIES!
LoLo’s Seafood Shack serves up a variety of seafood from the coastal comfort foods of the Cape like sauced shrimp to Caribbean street eats like our crunchy conch fritters.
LoLo’s is a NY Times Critic pick that has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Eater, Potluck Video, The Infatuation, NY Post, NY Daily News, NY Magazine, Nation’s Restaurant News, Refinery 29, Food & Wine, Village Voice and Zagat among others.
RISE Brewing Co., is a New York-based nitro cold brew coffee company specializing in nitrogen-infused organic coffee and sourcing Fair Trade organic beans from Peru’s Chanchamayo Valley. Just what you need to keep grooving all day long.
Serving hand dipped classic, jalapeño, & veggie corndogs, funnel cakes, and fresh squeezed juices. If you haven’t experienced the glory of eating a corndog and/or funnel cake at a musical festival, you haven’t really lived.Visit Website
Tacos, nachos, Abuela’s Guacamole + chips – this place has e v e r y t h i n g you could possibly want and then some. We recommend the Rajas Con Queso – it’s enough to make you melt.Visit Website
Tojo’s goal is to show that Japanese cuisine is more than just ramen. Their concept is to bring together unique and delicious takes on classic Japan cuisine. Quality and freshness is always the key, using fresh and premium ingredients from Japan, and Tojo’s delivers every time. Don’t miss them at the festival!
Santo Ceviche was created by two siblings that love food bringing to you some favorite dishes from South America. With their own take on delicious ceviche, and the best (and only) fish tacos at Gov Ball, Santo Ceviche offers the best food for a beautiful summer day on our island.
You know what’s cool about Marty’s V Burger? The “v” stands for vegan! So get yourself a vegan burger with a side of crispy fries, because we have different types of food for all you guys!Visit Website
Get your German food fix with some hearty brats and crunchy tots. Our very own Tayler Kimball’s make-believe food vendor, brought to life. We’re in the business of making dreams come true, for you too.
Beyond Sushi is a chef-driven, vegan sushi concept at the forefront of the healthy vegan food movement. Our fundamentals are simple: Eat clean and leave a lasting impact on our planet.
Our mission is to serve high-quality and accessible plant-based food. We aim to make healthy food choices effortless and compassionate – one plate at a time.
Soft Swerve’s signature flavors are proprietary, simple yet difficult for competitors to replicate and appeals to the masses. Whereas many ice cream parlors focus primarily on readily available bases, powders, food coloring and artificial ingredients to extract flavors, Soft Swerve’s ability to offer flavors that is unmistakably pronounced is due to the choices in selecting only the finest ingredients and careful process in creating the ice cream. The success of Soft Swerve is partly due to its values and diligence in the kitchen enabling it to deliver authentic flavors that separate it from the competition.Visit Website
Do you like comfort food? Trick Question! Everyone likes comfort food, and if for whatever reason you don’t, there’s something inherently wrong with you (respectfully). Melt Shop is known for truly mouthwateringly delicious sandwiches, tater tots, milkshakes and oh so much more. Take one bite and your mind with not just melt, it will MELT SHOP.Visit Website
Burgers are arguably the best food item in all of food. It’s an American staple and if done right, it can bring a grown man to tears (of joy). David’s Cafe makes a darn good burger (it won Burger Bash!!) that will bring tears of joy to all of us.Visit Website
Mac Truck gets unlimited bonus points. Why? Because their name is awesome and their food speciality is one of the most glorious food items that ever there was. If we could bathe in mac & cheese we probably would, but alas we’re gonna stick to eating it, and Mac Truck has us and you covered. Their mac & cheese is divine and will make you weep tears of happiness. So much happiness that you will feel like you got hit by a Mac Truck.Visit Website
If you don’t know what The Bao Shoppe is, it’s aBAOt time you find out. These Taiwanese style buns filled with pork, tofu, chicken, or shrimp are freakin’ delicious. Personally, we have a soft spot for the Mac ‘n Cheese spring rolls because WHO-TF WOULDN’T.
The following was the most recent Yelp review at the time of publishing this webpage and it’s pretty on point:
“What can I say? I came here with my girlfriend last Saturday night, we were both drunk and we ordered cookies and cream ice cream in waffle cones. It was a beautiful, warm spring night and we ate our ice cream like a couple of giddy 6-year-olds as we strolled around the lively East Village.”
‘Nuff said.Visit Website
Bodi: “Hey man, NYC sucks – Mexican food here is average, and all I want is a good burrito.”
Sara: “Bodi, first off, I’m a girl, and secondly, you’re an idiot – NYC is awesome and Taqueria Diana is amazing – their burrito stands up to any burrito San Fran or Chula Vista has to offer. When I eat it I get chills because it’s a party in the mouth. ”
Bodi: “Is it a super heady burrito with organic ingredients and stuff, man?”
Sara: “You’re brain is a heady burrito, and you’ve lost speaking privileges. Their burritos are just delicious and amazing and their other stuff is freakin’ great.”Visit Website
Champion Coffee celebrates the perfect everyday coffee experience in NYC. Locally roasted for 48 hours, they have crafted one of the most delicious and refreshing cold brews in New York City.Visit Website
Inspired by the street food culture in Hong Kong, you won’t want to miss out on the delicious options these guys have to offer. With yummy veggie or pork chow mein and hot hot hot siracha chicken wings you can’t go wrong here.
King of Pops is Atlanta’s favorite handmade ice pop peddler. All of their pops are made from fresh Georgia fruit and dairy in all types of crazy flavors. Find them under the rainbow umbrella!Visit Website
You may know Wafels & Dinges from their food trucks and satellite stands around the city or from their brick and mortar location in Alphabet city. And if you’ve ever had the absolute pleasure of trying one of their delectable wafels, you know how absolutely delicious this food is. Basically they take the best wafel you’ve ever had and add delicious sauces, fruits, savories, and sweets to it and then they give it to you and then you eat it and then you faint from deliciousness overload. It’s pretty special and you should eat this.Visit Website
Palenque is a company dedicated to providing delicious gourmet colombian fusions, ‘homestyle’ cooking to the New York metro area.
Our food is prepared from the finest ecofriendly organic ingredients and made with love 💕
Meatoss represents a dream coming true of Chef Daniel who was born in Russia, raised in Israel and moved to New york. After 15 years of experience he decided to introduce you to his true passion and love, to serve the best quality meat to the costumer. He uses a professional Brazilian churrasco grill where heat, smoke and meat come together to receive the juiciest pieces possible.Visit Website
“There are two types of people in this world, them that pun all the things, and the others, well, ’em pun nada.” – via Reddit
We love puns and empanadas. We’ll try to calm down with the puns, but there is no stopping us when it comes to Nuchas’ empanadas. And with beef, chicken and veggie options, we know you’ll all feel the same way.
Skinny jeans, spin class, and vegan food. Each of these are insanely popular these days, but only the latter is for truly great reason – because you can eat it and it’s delicious when done right. Try Vegan offers a bevy of vegan options that let’s both vegan virgins and vegan connoisseurs choose delectable items that are both healthy and guilt free. If you’re looking for a great vegan option or if you’re looking to impress your vegan friend who won’t stop talking about being vegan, you must Try Vegan.Visit Website
It all started off as an obsession with fresh spring rolls, a random trip to a rice paper factory in Vietnam & a couple of family recipes. And then the infamous spurrito was born. Fresh spring roll burrito. They’ll also be serving up fresh bowls and some out-of-this-world coconut chia pudding so make sure you check them out!Visit Website
Born from a love of good food, live music and adventure, Pizza Nova takes pride in slinging slices to the masses at music festivals nation wide. Come say hello and enjoy a fresh hot slice between sets.
All natural real fruit smoothies with epicly weird combinations and fruit filled waffle cones topped to desire! Plus soups, salads, and sandwiches. Who can resist a toasted bacon PB & banana? We’d say it’s fit for a King! Thank you, thank you very much.
Delicious roasted pork sandwiches topped with provolone and broccoli rabe, add a side of gravy fries. For the veggie only He-bros and She-bros, dive into mac and cheese, corn fritters, or cheese fries.Visit Website
A New York Times critics pick, Souvlaki GR has become a local staple for folks who love delicious Greek food. And if you are one of the few out there who don’t like Greek food, we must ask you some questions. First off – why? Secondly – do you not like deliciousness in the form of souvlaki, gyros, and kebabs? Thirdly – are you feeling okay? No matter what kind of ethnic foods you like or don’t like, we’re pretty confident you will dig Souvlaki GR. It’s just too yummy to say “no thanks mummy”Visit Website
Southernmost Falafel has got a combination of everything you’re craving, all tucked into one chewy pita. Cool tzatziki and hummus counteract the savory, Sriracha-spiked falafel for a must-have-seconds midday treat. For a dairy-free option, snag a Jerry Roll. The oversized egg roll is stuffed with shredded fresh veggies, complimented by sweet and tangy duck sauce and Sriracha upon request.
At Flaming Wok, you can purchase traditional favorites with a festival flair — teriyaki chicken, sweet and sour chicken, stir fried veggie noodles and delicious egg rolls. And the Sriracha is flowing freely.
A family run business specializing in delicious festival foods and snacks. From ribeye sandwiches and foot long hotdogs to slow-cooked pulled port, check out the Grill for all your festival faves. Funnel cakes, fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed lemonade and fried Oreos, Four Boys Snacks comes through with literally everything.
GOV BALL BREWS
We’re brewing up something bigger and better for Gov Ball this year with something for everyone. Dig into our wide variety of options by combining your favorite brew with a perfectly paired fruit juice or choose a classic to pair with your favorite food vendor onsite. Classic, craft, sour, sweet – Gov Ball Brews will have something for everyone.
Our cocktail program in our Best Kept Secret, GA Liquor Gardens, and VIP Lounges will feature specialty curated craft cocktails by all your favorites: Bacardí, Tito’s Vodka, Jameson, Aperol, and Don Julio.
Gov Ball Punch
A crowd-pleasing blend of BACARDÍ® Lime Flavored Rum, watermelon liqueur, lime juice, and club soda, the Gov Ball Punch will be your go-to refreshment for the BACARDÍ Stage sets and the surprises to come next door at BACARDÍ Bay!
The Pablo Honey is skillfully mixed with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, fresh lemonade, tea, honey liqueur, ginger beer and garnished with a rosemary sprig. Be sure to swing by the Tito’s Party in the Shack in our Best Kept Secret!
Caskmates IPA Shandy
Cool down this summer with a Caskmates IPA Shandy. Shaken with soda water, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice, Jameson Caskmates IPA Shandy gives you the perfect balance of a refreshing summer cocktail with some signature Jameson whiskey smoothness.
In a glass full of ice, add first prosecco followed by Aperol in equal parts. Add a splash of soda, garnish with an orange slice and you’ve just made a perfect Aperol Spritz. Italy’s most popular cocktail will keep you refreshed all festival weekend. Make sure you check out the Aperol Spritz Italian club in the Best Kept Secret!
Don Julio Paloma
Don Julio’s signature Paloma cocktail is made for celebration with simple ingredients like sparkling grapefruit soda and fresh lime, all mixed with Don Julio Blanco. Experience Mexico’s no. 1 premium tequila!
Beefeater Strawberry Lemonade
Rethink your lemonade stand with the Beefeater Strawberry Lemonade. Made with two parts Beefeater Pink, four parts lemonade, a splash of soda, and garnished with a strawberry, rethink what you know about Pink with our refreshing signature gin cocktail.
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Live your best uncorked life with Campo Viejo as they bring their vibrancy and color to Gov Ball 2019. Sip and chill with signature wine varietals, Frosé, sparkling, and other fun experiences!