This weekend the third annual Tortuga Music Festival hits the sandy Fort Lauderdale beaches. Country music lovers come from around the U.S. of A to hear their favorite bands, get a tan and drink beer — and lots of it.
But believe it not, Tortuga has some of the most diverse food offerings for a music festival in South Florida. Good thing because those attending the concert this weekend are going to need all the fuel they can get to handle all that beer
chugging drinking. Here are your five best picks.
Smoked Ribs from Huckleberry Hillbilly BBQ
Will you get a bit messy? Yes. But the ribs at Huckleberry Hillbilly BBQ are worth it, always drawing large lines of admirers throughout the two-day event. If ribs aren't your thing but you're still in the mood for some good ole 'que, check out the turkey legs, smoked chicken or even BBQ sausage.
Conch Fritters from key west conch shack
It's only appropriate that a shack from the Southermost key would make an appearance at a concert that Kenny Chesney headlining at. The mobile version of the popular shack in Key West not only serves up conch fritters but conch salad, fried conch even mahi po' boys.
Baked Mac N Cheese from Hebro's Kitchen
If you really need something to soak up all those beverages, head to Hebro's Kitchen and fill up on a hearty Mac 'N Cheese. If you want something a bit lighter (you will be in a bathing suit after all) it also serves grilled rosemary chicken, salads topped with chicken and even pork sandwiches topped with broccoli rabe. Fancy.
Veggie Pad Thai at Thai B.Q.Q.
Pad thai at a country concert? You read correctly. And if you order up the vegetarian version you get a nice serving of vegetables in your meal — since odds are your diet will be lacking in them over the weekend. It also has options for steamed rice and veggies too, if you're in the mood to be extra healthy.
Pesto Pizza at Pie for the People
Pizza is a must at music festivals and certainly helps with "drunkies" but Pie for the People is not only serving up the traditional cheese and pepperoni variety but also more interesting flavors like the Westo Ma Pesto pie with pesto, roasted sliced potato, caramelized onion, spinach and feta and the David Bowie made with white sauce, bacon, pineapple, jalapeño, caramelized onion and plum sauce.