Coachella's got everything: life-changing musical performances, wonderfully weird style and incredible food. Coachella's got everything: life-changing musical performances, wonderfully weird style and incredible food. Coachella's got everything: life-changing musical performances, wonderfully weird style and incredible food. (Photo: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival)

The best part of Coachella isn't the music – it's the food

We're drooling over the selection of festival fare at the world-famous SoCal festival.

Coachella is many things – a music festival, a study in boundary-pushing style and personality, a celebration of the arts and so much more.

But you can't talk about the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival without gushing about the food. And that's just as well, because when you gather 200,000 hipsters in one huge swath of desert in sunny SoCal for two weekends, one thing's for sure: they all get hungry.

You might say the food here is as avant garde and eccentric as the people eating it. After all, Coachella is nothing if not a place to be seen – and heard – whether you're a musician or an attendee. But with a festival of this magnitude, the vendors tapped to feed the crowds have rightfully stepped up to the plate.

Sunday brunch 📷: @jnsilva

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It wouldn't be a proper Coachella menu without plenty of vegan fare, and this year's selection does not remotely disappoint. There's Erven, a vegan Mediterranean restaurant whose Israeli food is a favorite among the Los Angeles foodie community and who has erected a substantial pop-up at Coachella.

The place is known for fabulous hummus, falafel and beer-battered tofu sandwiches. (Yes, those words exist together. Beer-battered tofu sandwiches.)

If bacon's more your bag, there's also Pig Pen Delicacy for an undisputed street food inferno:

You can get your s'mores "torched to order" from Mallow Mallow:

The 10K burger from Wolf Dining will level you:

And you can cap off your night with Fruity Pebble rice treats from POT Commissary Cafe, a favorite in LA's Koreatown neighborhood:

Just like the music, there are so many choices to list when it comes to Coachella food. It is a raging beast of culinary creativity in and of itself that should be eaten to be fully appreciated.

That said, Coachella at its core is still a who's who of modern music; indeed, if you're a musician lucky enough to play Coachella, you've certainly made it.

💎 in the flesh 📷: @kevinmazur

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And along with the handful of veteran bands who have made Coachella a worldwide music destination, there are also some new and notable alternative acts to discover. An Israel-based band called Dudu Tessa and the Kuwaitis, which has been busy touring with Radiohead over the past few months and had two Coachella performances in their schedule this year.

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And then there's the star-studded lineup that includes Lady Gaga, Tove Lo, Lorde, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Drake, DJ Snake, Mac DeMarco and DJ Khaled. There are lots more, but listing them all would take so long.

Starstruck 📷: @charles.reagan

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With performances like these, we'd all be leaping for joy Laverne and Shirley-style.

Lift you up 📷: @ryanmillier

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And then heading straight for the next show.

Good together 📷: @ryanmillier


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