If you're going to make it through Bonnaroo, you're going to need some food 

Gut Check

Gut Check

Not to sound like your mom, but eating good, nutritious food is really, really important — especially if you are going to spend four days out in the sun getting fucked-up beyond all recognition. Seriously, you can't power-party without the right fuel, and no, LSD does not count as a nutritional supplement. (Yes, there is Vitamin E, but it's not the same thing as ecstasy.) Face it: You are going to need food. Now open up the hangar, 'cause here comes the airplane!

For starters, Bonnaroo has some of the best damn fair food you could ask for — if they can deep-fry it, grill it or put it on stick, you can buy it. But the single greatest comestible you'll come across in Centeroo is the arepa. This Columbian-style cornmeal patty is a relative of the Salvadoran pupusa and not dissimilar to a quesadilla on steroids. We're guessing this is what Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill was talking about at a recent presser when he said, "If you're just a foodie, it's great just to go there and eat ... I mean, that's all around." Arepas are round and totally worth the trip.

The drawback to eating in Centeroo is that it can run a little steep in the cashola department, so we suggest bringing some of your own grub to augment your daily arepa and, uh, nutritional-supplement regimen. Breakfast is the best time to grill — the temp is cooler and you're less likely to be blind drunk. Keep your meals simple but sturdy — last year we had a beef shoulder roast with a garlic-dill rub. It ruled. Also on the menu: hummus, trail mix and as much fresh fruit as possible, especially lemons for mixed drinks — those run out quick. And don't forget to brush your teeth and change your underwear.


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