4/11/2013 12:53:00 PM

Macklemore and Morimoto To Anchor Napa's BottleRock Music Festival

Having coming to the realization that corn dogs and funnel cakes alone just won’t cut it, the organizers of BottleRock, the new mega music festival debuting in Napa on May 9-12 have upped their culinary game. Festival founder Bob Vogt admits, “We can’t throw a music festival in the Napa Valley without providing great food, wine and brews” and thus has tapped Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustards, Cindy's Backstreet, Wine Grill and Wine Bar) to rally a lineup of A-List wine country chefs, vintners and artisan brewers to supply top-flight food and beverages for concertgoers. 

Situated on four stages spread over 26 acres on the grounds at the Napa Valley Expo, Bottleneck will showcase more than 80 artists, bands, comics and other performers including Macklemore, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Further, Jane’s Addiction, The Flaming Lips and Ben Harper. (The complete musical lineup can be found at online.)

On the culinary end, the crew of three dozen restaurateurs tasked to feed the crowds during the inaugural event will include Mustards, La Toque, Morimoto NapaKitchen, DoorOenotri, the Girl & the Fig, Tra Vigne, Fish Story, Farmstead and Gott’s Roadside. Drinks won’t be so shabby either; some of the valley’s best vintners such as Grgich Hills, Beaulieu Vineyard, Hahn Family Wines, Flora Springs and Sterling Vineyards, along with craft brewers such as Hangar 24, Speakeasy, Goose Island and Napa Smith will be there to quench concertgoers’s thirsts. (See the complete food lineup.)

Festival passes are on sale now and while prices aren’t cheap, this smorgasbord of musical and culinary talent consumed together on the sunny environs of the Napa Valley Expo is definitely worth a look. It's also a benefit concert; a portion of the proceeds will go to various non-profits. Tickets are $139 for a single day pass, $329 for a 3-day pass, $399 for a 4-day pass, and $599 for 4-day VIP passes. Passes are on sale at www.bottlerocknapavalley.com.

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