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Food Guide: Find the Best Coachella Food Offerings For You

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Article Summary

  • Coachella has (or is rumored to have) a lot of delicious food
  • For years I ate mediocre food, unable to find the rumored delicious items
  • I decided to create a plan to fix this and find a rave-worthy food item
  • It worked and we tried some seriously delicious food!

The Coachella Food Struggle 

I love that Coachella has a ton of delicious sounding and looking food options each year, but I also hate it. Maybe you’ve heard of a book called The Paradox of Choice? If not, it explains the theory that when given too many options, we’re paralyzed by our inability to choose.

Coachella 2017 Food Boardwalk

That’s basically me EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Every year I plan to narrow down what I really want to try at Coachella to make sure that I’m taking advantage of the best of the best when it comes to food. Sadly, every year I have failed as I ultimately get overwhelmed. Even with reading countless reviews, it’s not easy to find the best, most delicious food at Coachella. There are 100’s of food items available leading to even many pictures, opinions and reviews, it can be overwhelming to even pick what you want to try. Plus, I sometimes get frustrated when I read reviews that include suspiciously professional photos of the items being reviewed, why is the reviewer using a stock vendor photo and did they actually try the item they’re recommending I spend $15 on?

In addition to all this, Coachella is spread out and I’m often so busy trying to enjoy as many shows as I possibly can, that I often end up opting to eat at whatever location is closest and/or has the shortest line. Do you want to know what this has led to? A lot of disappointment and a lot of wasted money on food that’s decent, but definitely not worth the $10-$17 cost per item charged.

I decided I was tired of wasting money on food I didn’t like very much after another disappointing food experience Coachella 2017 Weekend One, so I came up with a plan to find delicious Coachella food. The awesome news? It worked and I’ve decided to share with you the simple steps to find delicious Coachella food each year! You can read about my food experience both weekends, my specific plan and what delicious food I found here: Coachella 2017 Food Experience.

Step One: Find Your Top 3 Must Try Options

The first and most time consuming part of the plan is to filter through the massive list of Coachella food options and narrow it down to your top 3 “must try” items. I started by adding all the items I thought sounded appealing to a list without discrepancy, if it sounded good, I added it. I then ranked these items until I had a top three list of items I was committed to trying.

You may choose to rank differently, but my food rankings are based on highly reviewed and/or photographed items, with an emphasis on the type of food I particularly enjoy. For example, I really like sweets, so you’re going to find a lot of sugary, sweet treats on my list. However, my fiancé prefers savory items, so he also participates in listing, trying and review his top three items as well. All remaining items on our lists are added to a consideration list, which we aren’t obligated to try, but we will keep in mind for additional meals.

Step Two: Commit to a Daily Item From Your Top 3 List and Know Where to Find It

This seems minor, but it’s the most important rule, primarily because it’s too easy to fall into the trap of just eating whatever’s closest when you have time in between shows. By committing to a single item per day, you can use the map to plan the best time to go to that vendor without any disruption to your schedule. Simply head to the vendor when you’re near it for a show or to meet up with friends. 

When I haven’t made a plan, I’ve found it’s surprisingly easy to walk right by a food vendor I really want to try without even realizing it. This is extremely frustrating when I go to look up the vendor later and realize how much more convenient it would have been to go earlier as I’m now in another part of the Coachella grounds.

Plus, the actual act of committing to get the daily item each day focuses your priorities to include the stop at some point. Personally, I set an alarm for 6:00 PM each day reminding me to order my daily item, if I haven’t already. This not only reminds me if I have forgotten, but will hopefully minimize the risk of the item running out before I have the chance to order it.

Summary

I told you it was simple, in fact it’s so simple, you’d think I would have tried this years ago. Oh well though, I’m glad I decided to make a plan when I did and honestly, always better late than never. Need justification for the plan read about our 2017 Weekend One and Weekend Two Coachella Food Experience. The contrast between how much more my fiancé and I enjoyed the food we ate once we implemented a plan to try the best Coachella food was drastic.  

As a side note, before anyone mentions the music is the priority and not the food, I completely agree with this. Which is why I only put one item on my list each day and I encourage making a plan to get it when it’s most convenient for your schedule. However, at the end of the day, if you’re going to eat, you might as well eat things you have a higher possibility of liking.

 

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