Today’s blog post is from Caitlin Van Horn from Allentown, NJ. She’s hoping that her article about surviving a food & drink festival will save countless lives and help Bourbon & Banter readers get home safely. If you would like to read more from Caitlin please let us know in the comments and make sure to share her post with your friends. If we get enough positive feedback we might just make her a regular contributor here on Bourbon & Banter.
Welcome to summer, sweltering season of The Festival. You’ve probably got how to survive summer musical festivals down (yes to rain boots, no to children and skipping out on sunscreen), but once you add alcoholic beverages and food to the mix, things can get a little dicey. No one wants to head home accidentally drunk with an empty wallet, and without having tasted half the things that made you want to go in the first place—but rest assured, I’ve got you covered.
-Research: Chances are, wherever you’re going will be absolutely stocked with amazing drinks. And that’s great! But going in blind will leave you more overstimulated than a Midwestern tourist in Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar. At events like GoogaMooga and SAVOR, there’s just so much going on that without a little foreknowledge, you’ll be unhappily drinking swill and missing out on the limited release everyone’s amped about.
-Plan: Once you know what you want to see, figure out how you’re going to do that. Certain things will run out—if something’s high on your list and Twitter can’t shut up about it, you should try getting there first. This is especially true for out-of-town distillers or companies with limited distribution, things not available on the regular menu, and anything that rhymes with “sappy tan wrinkle”. (Oh, PS: Don’t starve yourself the day of. No one likes a cranky, hypoglycemic foodie.) Continue Reading →