5 Vendors We're Most Looking Forward to at LouFest

By Heather Riske
In Food

Only in its fifth year, LouFest has quickly gained a reputation for mixing local, regional and national acts, ranging from funk and indie-rock to alt-country and soul. And just as the music lineup continues to expand, the festival’s lineup of food and drink offerings found in the Nosh Pit continues to grow. The full list of vendors, including everything from gyros to donuts to empanadas, is a bit overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed down five of the can’t-miss options at next week’s fest.

Photo courtesy of Mission Taco Joint

Photo courtesy of Mission Taco Joint

Cleveland-Heath

The small-town Illinois restaurant is certainly worth the drive, but we wouldn’t put it past you to cut some corners and grab the gourmet comfort food from Cleveland-Heath without the jaunt to Edwardsville. At this year’s LouFest, they’ll have a Kale Salad (garlic, crushed red pepper, parmesan chips, lemon vinaigrette) [$6], Home Grown Tomato & Quinoa Salad ($7), Burger with Smoked Onion Jam ($7) and Warm Brioche Beignets with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream ($5).

Kitchen Kulture

Prepared foods maker Kitchen Kulture is usually seen at their booth at the Tower Grove Farmers Market or popping up in different collaborations around town. If you haven’t had the chance to check out their locally sourced dishes, this is your chance. At LouFest, they’re serving a Soba Salad with Shrimp or Tofu [vegetarian/vegan] ($9), Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp or Tofu [gluten-free/vegetarian/vegan] ($9) and Grilled Pork Belly [gluten-free] ($9).

Kaldi’s Coffee

If you’ve packed a ton of sets into your schedule and need a caffeine jolt, head to the Kaldi’s Coffee stall. A traditional hot brew might not sound the most enticing in the August heat, so Kaldi’s is offering several inventive cold drinks. Look for a 16 oz. Iced Coffee ($4), 16 oz. Honey-Almond Cold Brew ($4), 16 oz. Ice Tea ($4) or 16 oz. Hibiscus Tea Limeade ($4) for a refreshing buzz.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Known for funky flavors and high-quality ingredients, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams doesn’t have a scoop shop in St. Louis, so this is a great time to check out the artisan ice cream maker. They’ll have single servings of Jeni’s Indies in Salty Caramel, Dark Chocolate or Lemon Frozen Yogurt ($5), and Jeni’s Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream Sandwich ($6). You can also build your own with a Jeni’s “Small” [Choose two of: Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Milkiest Chocolate In The World, Lemon & Blueberries Frozen Yogurt] ($5) or a Jeni’s “Trio” [Choose three of: Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Milkiest Chocolate In The World, Lemon & Blueberries Frozen Yogurt] ($6). If we know St. Louis, it’s going to be hot and humid during the fest, and nothing cools you off quite as quickly—or as deliciously—as a scoop of ice cream.

Mission Taco Joint

Street food has become synonymous with festivals, and Mission Taco Joint is no exception to that rule. The MexiCali favorite, now with two locations in the city, will have some of their most popular street tacos on offer. They’ll be dishing out the Carne Asada Taco [gluten-free], Baja Fish Taco [gluten-free], Portobello Taco and Grilled Chicken Taco. All are 2 for $7.

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