Panorama, the Goldenvoice festival aiming to bring Coachella to the East Coast (flower crowns not included), has kicked off in grand style. Despite long waits for entry on the first day, once inside the festival, it offers an elegant, delicious escape from the city.
Unlike it’s competitor Governor’s Ball, the art and tech installations are more Instagrammable, the line-up is more exciting and the food tents are fresh and delicious–and not just by festival standards. The vendors, lining the fest from V.I.P. to the main stage, are a far cry from the arepas and french fries at your average Warped Tour. Instead, there are healthy, veggie-friendly options, craft cocktails and desserts that taste just as good as they look on Instagram.
Panorama is providing eats by the city’s chicest chefs–but what should you add to your personal meal line-up? The carefully curated playlist of restaurants includes mixologist approved cocktails and Nutella beignets courtesy of Williamsburg’s Loosie Rouge, flavorful, colorful waffle sundaes from Eggloo (just be careful to chow down before it drips all over your fest outfit) and an iced Matcha Latte from Maman, served in a whole pineapple for social media purposes (of course, it adds flavor, too).
For the V.I.P. crowd, the festival is an entirely tasteful experience, with access to the vendors away from the masses. There are no lines, zero porta potties, and plenty of lounge locations to relax without the hoi polloi. To survive in the sun, venture into The Cabin, which was constructed at Coachella and re-built in NYC, and grab an icy cocktail before the heat wave becomes all consuming. They have snow cones and Thai Basil spiked ice tea. Or, simply split the beignets–you won’t regret it. (Well, the only thing you might regret is sharing.)