Today begins SunFest 2013, West Palm Beach's five-day waterfront music and arts festival that manages to wrangle in some exceptional national and local musical talent -- and lots of food -- to the city's downtown area. The event has been known to attract upwards of 165,000 visitors each year, and with all that foot traffic it means plenty of food and drink to go around.
While Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach is always an option for food, the concession stands inside the event itself always offer up a pretty diverse selection of local and catered eats. So, when you're not rocking out to bands like Train, Smashing Pumpkins, Yellowcard and The Offspring, go stuff your face. In addition to several specialty catered concession stands, a few local spots have taken booths to offer the best of their menu to SunFest-goers. Lucky for us, it's not all the same boring stuff.
To help you navigate, we've shortened the list of vendors and broken it down into categories so you know what you're looking for after you've had a few SunFest Cruisers. This year's must-try picks: alligator bites, jerk chick, conch salad and even raw-vegan eats.
If pizza is your thing one of the area's best, Grimaldi's in Palm Beach Gardens, will be the spot to go. They will be serving their specialty: coal-fired, brick-oven baked pizzas with your choice of a side caesar salad, and grab a cannoli for dessert ($3.50-$6).
The Boardwalk Grill
The Boardwalk Grill will have Philly cheese steaks for $8.
The Sausage Factory
As the name suggest, the sausage factory has all your sausage needs, including Italian sausage with peppers and onions, or a traditional Nathan's hotdog ($7).
Athena's Place & Greek Island Cafe
Get your basic Greek fare with Athena's Place and the Greek Island Cafe, both serving gyros and/or shish kebob, a Greek salad and chicken devine (whatever that is?) for less than $10.
Look for the chain's beloved chicken sandwich, served with a choice of fruit cup, baked Lay's potato chips or a chocolate chunk cookie ($2-$10).