2017-06-07 / Features

Governors Ball Stuffs Your Ears And Stomach

By Jon Headlee & Nicollette Barsamian

Photo Jon HeadleePhoto Jon HeadleeThis year, as is the case most years, Governors Ball was packed with big name talents and up and coming new acts. It was so packed, in fact, that it was impossible for diverse music connoisseurs to see all their favorite acts. For example, if you’re a fan of both Wiz Khalifa and Tool, you had to make a tough decision Sunday night as they were both blasting the stage at the same time to close out the festival. For some, the decision was easy. We ran into a wonderful young lady with an exquisite jacket she made herself who was only there to see Tool after being converted to the fandom by her boyfriend. For others, Governors Ball represents the opening salvo in a litany of festival options in a long summer of music, good times, and sensory overload. For those festival veterans, you just try to see and hear as much as you can and enjoy yourself to the max.

Photo Nicollette BarsamianPhoto Nicollette BarsamianRegardless of why you came, this edition of Governors Ball didn’t disappoint. Australian rising star Tkay Maidza kicked off the festival with a great set, Tove Lo kept our spirits high all the time, Charli XCX brought the boom clap, Chance The Rapper didn’t pull any punches, and Lorde stole all our hearts with a Royal Flush Friday night. The great acts continued Saturday with The Head and The Heart, Wu-Tang Clan, and Phoenix all nailing it on the main stage. By the time Sunday rolled around, we decided to focus on all the great food offerings. We were blown away.

We started off with Luke’s Lobster Cart, and while it was a little expensive ($19 for a lobster Photo Nicollette BarsamianPhoto Nicollette Barsamianroll), it was phenomenal. The crab roll was also good, but the lobster was on another level. From there we moved onto a sampling of Arancini Bros offerings. Dubbed “the powerbar of the middle ages,” Arancini has a long tradition in Italy as an easy to go meal loaded with energy. With options for both vegans and meat lovers, there’s a rice ball for everyone. Finish it off with a Nutella ball, and you’re ready to get back in the pit. We stuck around their tent to learn a bit more about the process from owner and major Queens enthusiast, Giulia Della Gatta. Keep an eye out for them at various events in the city, including shows at Forest Hills Stadium, Citi Field events, and the various food vending markets in Manhattan.

Photo Nicollette BarsamianPhoto Nicollette BarsamianAfter soaking in a little bit of Franz Ferdinand’s first US show in 3 years, we stopped by Tea and Milk for some Bubble Tea. Based out of Astoria, they have some of the best Bubble Tea in the city. We also took a nibble on their ¼ lb cookies, and there’s a reason their chocolate chip cookie (stuffed full of chocolate chunks) was sold out shortly thereafter. Delicious. We stopped next door at Takumi Taco to try their tacos. The veggie taco was good, and the fish taco had interesting flavor. Our favorite, though, was the chicken taco. They were reasonably priced at $5 each.

We then wandered back to the main stage to catch Cage The Elephant’s set. While there, we Photo Jon HeadleePhoto Jon Headlee stopped by Uma Temakeria to try the Uma-Ritto, a sushi burrito. Stocked with only ethically sourced fish, it was mouth watering. We spoke some with Cynthia Kueppers who manages the booth about how they keep track of sustainable fish practices and some of their favorite acts to listen to while serving up sushi at the festival. She said a dance party broke out amongst the staffers during Lorde’s set, but it was Bleachers who were the surprise act of the festival. Keep an eye out for them in the future.

To wash it all down, we stopped by the Juice Press cart for some smoothies. Based out of Photo Nicollette BarsamianPhoto Nicollette BarsamianLong Island City, Juice Press has the fruit smoothie magic in a bottle. Don’t be surprised if you hear them give brands like Naked a run for their market share in the future. The Advanced Berry Blend smoothie was especially tasty. To wrap up our day of delectable largesse, we stopped by Make Sandwich to try the Steak & Salsa Verde and the Italian Meats & Provolone. Of course, we had to save room for desert, so we had them wrapped up to go. They were still delicious a few hours later. The day wouldn’t be complete without some ice cream, so we wandered to Wowfulls to try the Home Sweet Home. Loaded with cookie crumbs, chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, pocky sticks, and wrapped in a fluffy waffle, it was the perfect cherry on our Sunday. We came for the music, but we fell in love with the food.

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