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Sunfest 2013: What to Eat, From Gator Bites to Vegan Fare

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.

See also:

- Smashing Pumpkins at SunFest 2013

- The Dream of the '90s Is Alive at SunFest

- Top Five Picks for Local, Beach-Friendly Bands at SunFest 2013

1. Italian

Grimaldi's Pizzeria

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).

2. Sandwiches

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.

Chick-Fil-A

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).

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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