There’s more to the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival than just music. Coachella’s stellar food line-up draws foodies with experiences for all types of diners, whether you’re looking for trendy food truck fare or a gourmet four-course dinner under the stars. Here’s everything you need to know about what to eat at Coachella 2019.

What’s New for Foodies at Coachella 2019

Postmates Pickup

Trejos Tacos

Tacos from Trejos Tacos // Image courtesy of Trejos Tacos.

Why spend time waiting in line when you can order your festival food through the Coachella app? This year, Coachella is partnering with food delivery app Postmates for Postmates Pickup. Attendees can order food from 10 restaurants, plus drinks and merch, through the app. Best of all? You’ll get to skip the lines when your order is ready, thanks to special pick-up spots at participating vendors.

Monty's Good Burger at Coachella

Good Burger from Monty's Good Burger // Image courtesy of Monty's Good Burger. 

Participating Postmates Pickup restaurants for Coachella 2019 include:

  • Cheezus
  • Fat Dragon
  • Hanjip
  • Monty’s Good Burger
  • Ms. Chi
  • Pizzanista
  • Sweetfin Poke
  • Top Round Hamburgers
  • Trejos Tacos
  • Wolf

Ms. Chi at Coachella

Dumplings from Ms. Chi // Image courtesy of Ms. Chi.

Don’t forget to download the official Coachella app before heading to the festival so you can skip the lines all weekend long!

New Food Experiences

Rice bowl by KogiTown at Coachella

Chego rice bowl from Chego // Image courtesy of Chego

Chef Roy Choi is no stranger to Coachella, having fed hungry attendees for the last decade. To celebrate his 10th year at Coachella, Chef Roy is setting up his very own food section: KogiTown. This culinary installation will include all of Chef Roy’s famous hits, including kogi tacos and burritos, Chego bowls and, of course, loaded Chego fries.

Plate of lamb ribs served at Coachella 2019Lamb ribs from Gwen // Image courtesy of Gwen.

Attendees with a VIP wristband can reserve a seat at pop-up restaurant Gwen by brothers Chef Curtis and Luke Stone. This pop-up version of the famed Hollywood hotspot is a must-try during your Coachella weekend. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

Returning Foodie Faves at Coachella 2019

Indio Central Market

Hanjip Bowl at Coachella

Korean BBQ Bowl from Hanjip// Image courtesy of Hanjip. 

Foodies flocked to Indio Central Market in 2018, and this shaded food hotspot is returning with more than 15 celebrated restaurants serving everything from vegan ramen (Ramen Hood) and Korean barbecue (Hanjip) to four-cheese grilled cheese (Cheezus) and orange chicken burritos (Fat Dragon). Famed restaurant Momofuku will be serving their signature spicy fried chicken sandwiches at Fuku, while attendees can refuel with coffee at LAMILL and matcha drinks from MatchaBar.

Secret Bars

Part of the fun of Coachella is exploring—and this year is no different! Attendees are encouraged to explore the field for multiple secret bars from award-winning mixologists from around the country. Keep an eye out for the return of New York City’s celebrated speakeasy, PDT (Please Don’t Tell). Find this secret tiki bar, and you’ll enjoy some of the most curated cocktails on all the polo fields.

Outstanding in the Field

Want to up your foodie game at Coachella this year? Reserve a seat at the iconic long table of Outstanding in the Field in the VIP Rose Garden. Share a four-course family style meal with a cocktail and regional wine, all while meeting other festival guests as the sun begins to set in the desert. Plus, an Outstanding in the Field ticket grants you access to the VIP Rose Garden on the date of your dinner!

The 2019 Outstanding in the Field schedule at Coachella includes:

WEEKEND 1

  • Friday, April 12th: Chefs Shirley Chung (Ms Chi Cafe) & Casey Thompson (Chef Casey Thompson)
  • Saturday, April 13th: Chefs Nyesha Arrington (Native) & Jessica Largey (Simone)
  • Sunday, April 14th: Chefs Elisabeth Prueitt, Katie Hagan-Whelchel & Leah Chin-Katz (Tartine)

WEEKEND 2

  • Friday, April 19th: Chefs Adam Sobel (Cal Mare) & Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish & B.S. Taqueria) 
  • Saturday, April 20th: Chefs Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken(Border Grill)
  • Sunday, April 21st: Chef Jason Neroni (The Rose Venice)

Full Vendor Line-Up for Coachella 2019

Indio Central Market

 

Sweetfin at Coachella

Poke Bowl from Sweetfin Poke // Image courtesy of Sweetfin Poke.

  • Van Leeuwen’s
  • Fat Dragon
  • Fuku
  • Hawkin’s House of Burgers
  • Vegatinos
  • Ramen Hood
  • Ms. Chi
  • Hanjip
  • Pizza by Round 2
  • MatchaBar
  • Konbi
  • Cheezus
  • Sweetfin
  • LAMILL

Beer Barn

Foku Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Coachella

Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich from Fuku // Image courtesy of Fuku

  • Beer Belly
  • Fuku
  • Square Peg
  • Top Round Hamburgers
  • 800 Degrees
  • Trejos Tacos
  • The Cabin

Main VIP

Freedman's Wrap at Coachella

Pastrami Crunchwrap Supreme from Freedman's // Image courtesy of Freedman's.

  • Wolf
  • Tacos 1986
  • Freedman’s
  • Backyard Bowls
  • Playa Provisions
  • Pizzanista!
  • MatchaBar
  • The Rose Venice
  • Menotti’s
  • Van Leeuwen’s
  • Madre!
  • Sweetfin
  • Love Hour
  • Gwen

Rose Garden

Cha Cha Matcha at Coachella

Cha Cha Maycha Latte from Cha Cha Matcha// Image courtesy of Cha Cha Matcha.

  • Kazu Nori
  • Chingu
  • Nana Lu
  • Me’ze
  • Augustine Wine Car
  • Broken Shaker
  • Cha Cha Matcha

Boardwalk

Salt & Straw at Coachella

Pots of Gold & Rainbows from Salt & Straw // Image courtesy of Salt & Straw. 

  • Salt & Straw
  • Tacos Lobos
  • Pressed Juicery
  • Seabirds
  • Milk Box

Food Court

Shake Shack at Coachella

ShackBurger® from Shake Shack // Image courtesy of Shake Shack.

  • Shake Shack
  • Wingman
  • KogiTown
  • PBJ.LA
  • McConnell’s

Hungry for more? Check out our Coachella page for more tips on how to make the most of your Coachella weekend!

 

Featured image by Tacos Lobos