The next time you're headed to an outdoor concert at the South Florida Fairgrounds' Coral Sky Amphitheatre, you might want to bring your appetite too. Last week, the venue debuted a number of new concession items, including craft beers and a Guy Fieri eatery known as Guy's Burger Joint.
Timed the launch as a kickoff to the 2015 summer concert season, over the past several months, Live Nation has been working with Legends Hospitality to bring new food and beverage programs to each of its North American amphitheaters across the country, including Florida. A culinary coordinator for large venues, Legends Hospitality provides culinary programs for massive entertainment destinations like Yankee Stadium; AT&T Stadium in Dallas; Angels Stadium in Anaheim; Etihad Stadium in Manchester City, England; and the Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Center, slated to open next year.
Starting this month, all 35 Live Nation amphitheaters will be serving an all-new culinary experience for eventgoers, with a long list of new menu items at various concession stands available to guests.
According to Legends Marketing Director Angela Passie, several of the new dishes are vegetarian-friendly and will be available at each of the Coral Sky Amphitheatre's half-dozen concession stands. These include a portobello burger, roasted vegetable quesadillas, a black bean vegetable burger, and vegetarian nachos. Additional menu items include a Buffalo chicken sandwich, chicken and Italian sausages — even a giant, 24-inch Bavarian-style pretzel meant to be shared by two to four people.
The Live Nation venues offering new culinary programs span from Toronto, Canada, to South Florida and include the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa and the Coral Sky Amphitheatre (formerly Cruzan Amphitheatre) in West Palm Beach.
However, only a few select Live Nation locations — including both Tampa and West Palm Beach — will feature Guy's Burger Joint. The new walk-up concession, also found aboard several Carnival Cruise line ships, specializes in over-the-top burgers and hand-cut fries. At Coral Sky Amphitheatre, the concession will serve a number of Fieri's specialty items, including his Real Cheezy Burger (a burger topped with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, slathered with Fieri's Donkey Sauce, and served on a garlic buttered roll), or the Righteous Ring (a burger topped with melted cheese, a spicy Sriracha BBQ sauce, and an onion ring).
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More beverage options are also part of the change-up and include a number of craft-beer selections that will rotate every few months. Local brewers include Due South Brewing Co. of Boynton Beach, Oakland Park's Funky Buddha Brewery, Goose Island Pale Ale, and Blue Point Toasted Lager.
In addition to the new food options, Legends' culinary team has been working with local vendors to source humanely raised proteins and locally sourced produce. New service amenities will include 100 percent biodegradable glasses, plates, napkins, and utensils.
Guy's Burger Joint opened to the public on May 8 and is part of the concession circle at Coral Sky Amphitheatre, located at the South Florida Fairgrounds at 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.