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Mac 'N' Cheese Waffles And Other Droolworthy FYF Fest Food

Mac 'n' Cheese Waffles from Clara Cakes (Photo courtesy of FYF Fest)
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While we're already pretty excited that FYF Fest has Frank Ocean and Morrissey headlining this year, another thing we're looking forward to is that the fest heads have stepped up their game with their food lineup as well.

The music festival, which will take place on August 22 and 23 at the L.A. Sports Arena & Exposition Park, has a long list of newcomer food vendors participating—many of them local. We're talking about delicious dishes like waffles stuffed with mac 'n' cheese, a vegan chicken sandwich donut, nitro coconut ice cream and more coming from their over 100 vendors. Plus, there will be plenty of vegan options as well.

"FYF is really about celebrating L.A.," Nic Adler, who curates the food for FYF Fest, tells LAist. "Hopefully, the food and beer reflect that."

There will be four beer gardens with craft beer coming from only L.A. breweries, though Adler says he can't name them at this time. They'll also have craft cocktails that will be made in batches on site, and then put into kegs, so they can be served on draft.

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As for the food, FYF Fest will have a special Night Market, a kind of street food area that will be open right when the fest starts and will close by 1 a.m. each day. At night, there will be lanterns and bright lights strewn throughout the Night Market. Here are some dishes fest-goers can look forward to there:

*Afters Ice Cream: their signature Milky Bun, which is a warm donut filled with ice cream


Okonomi Dog's hot dogs with Japanese flavors (Photo courtesy of FYF Fest)
*Okonomi Dog (formerly Kuyashi Dog): their Godzilla Dog, a hot dog with Japanese toppings and flavors


Big Daddy's Poke Shack (Photo courtesy of FYF Fest)
*Big Daddy's Poke Shack: Poke Bowl
*Zona Rosa Coffee: organic espresso and cold brew


Status Kuo's wings (Photo courtesy of FYF Fest)
*Status Kuo: Taiwanese hot wings
*Berlin Currywurst: Currywurst sausages
*Top Round Roast Beef: Roast beef sandwiches

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*Free Range Chicken: free-range chicken sandwich
*Beefsteak (from Marcel Vigneron, Top Chef Season 2 runner up): vegan smoked bowl with smoked veggies over quinoa, and nitro coconut ice cream


Pure Luck's tacos (Photo courtesy of FYF Fest)
*Pure Luck (shuttered L.A. restaurant that's coming back for FYF Fest): jackfruit tacos

Here are some other vendors with special dishes you can expect at other locations in the festival, which open when the fest starts and close about 30 minutes before each stage nearby shuts down:

*Dune: Organic Green Herb Falafel Sandwich (Adler says it's the best falafel he's had)


Garden Grill's Thrillest Burger (Photo courtesy of FYF Fest)
*Garden Grill: The Thrillest burger, a vegan chicken patty with cheese, aioli, romaine and tomatoes sandwiched between two soft, glazed donuts


Doomie's Home Cookin' Big Mac (Photo courtesy of FYF Fest)
*Doomie's Home Cookin': Vegan Big Mac
*Moon Juice: pressed juice
*Canter's Deli: will be bringing out their deli truck
*My 2 Cents: soul food

*Donut Friend: S'morrissey (S'mores) Donut
*Clara Cakes: mac 'n' cheese-stuffed waffles

*Sage Vegan Bistro/KindKreme: buffalo cauliflower, breaded and deed-fried cauliflower with buffalo sauce, and fresh-baked vegan pretzels, and vegan soft serve

You can still buy general admission two-day passes for FYF Fest for $175 here.