Expand your palette at Roots N Blues

Roots N Blues is more than just music- it also offers a diverse supply of food for the festival’s attendees.

With great music festivals comes great food, and Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival will be no exception. Food vendors will be available in two locations at the festival. One location is between the Great Southern Bank Stage and the MO Lottery Stage, and the other location is adjacent to the Ferris Wheel and Art Village. For every day of the festival, food vendors will serve from the opening of the gates until right around the time the final acts end.

According to the Roots N Blues website, in order to purchase food at the vendors, you must use your RFID wristband; cash, debit and or credit cards won’t be accepted at the vendors.

“To pay using your RFID wristband, you will start by ‘topping-up’ and loading money into your cashless account,” the Roots N Blues website wrote. “You can top-up online using credit or debit, or at a Top-up Station onsite using cash, credit or debit. Once you make purchases by double-tapping your wristband at vendor locations, the amount spent will automatically be deducted from your account balance. If you run out of credit, you can recharge and top-up again at any time.”

Check out a few of the many food vendors that will be present at Roots N Blues this year.

1. Manzo’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Manzo’s Wood-Fired Pizza offers flavorful 12-inch pizzas, cooked in the trailer’s wood-fired oven. Due to the oven’s high heat of 900 degrees, your pizza can be thoroughly cooked in under three minutes, allowing you to quickly get back to the music.

2. Ozark Mountain Biscuits

This food truck is dedicated to serving historic comfort food family-recipes for everyone. Ozark Mountain Biscuits offer many variations of biscuit sandwiches and other elements of southern cuisine. If you want something sweet, their fried pecan or apple pies are always an option.

3. Sugarfire Smokehouse

Sugarfire Smokehouse is a critically acclaimed BBQ restaurant based out of St. Louis. They took the elements of BBQ and created their own fusion that is “A St. Louis style barbecue that’s all its own.”

4. Not’Cho Ordinary Taco

A family-owned taco truck, Not’Cho Ordinary Taco serves unique taco combinations. One example is their famous “Never Fake Cheesesteak” taco, consisting of “thinly-sliced ribeye with sauteed onions and peppers, smothered in jalapeno cream cheese and topped with lettuce, tomato, cilantro and chipotle aioli.” To locate the vendor, simply look for a vibrant colored truck with a graffiti-style paint job.

5. Peggy Jean’s Pies

Quality dessert for a quality festival can be found at Peggy Jean’s Pies. Peggy Jean’s Pies is a mother-daughter operated local pie shop based in Columbia. Rebecca and Jeanne’s pie shop has been a staple to the Columbia pie scene for three generations, serving handmade pies from scratch every single day. For more information on this Columbia classic, check out their website (here)[https://www.peggyjeanspies.com/our-story-index].

Edited by Alexandra Sharp | asharp@themaneater.com

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