Win VIP Tickets to the Sweetlife Festival on April 28


Toki Underground ramen. [Photograph: Kyle Gustafson]

We've been telling you all about the food vendors at the Sweetlife Food + Music Festival on April 28 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. And that includes us! We'll be there too, making the Serious Eats muffuletta while jamming to live music from the Shins, Avicii, Kid Cudi, Fun., Explosions in the Sky, and the many other bands playing at the all-day festival.

Today we have a pair of VIP tickets (that are otherwise sold-out!) to give away to a lucky serious eater here. What's so special about the VIP tickets at Sweetlife Festival, you ask? Just listen to what VIPers get to eat..


For starters, head over to the Rappahannock Oyster Bar for some fresh-shucked oysters. Then it'll be right about time for a taco from RJ Cooper, the James Beard award winning chef of Rogue 24 in D.C. He'll be filling tortillas with whole-hog carnitas, rockfish, and a veggie option with mushrooms, all topped with salsa verde, salsa de arbol, or a mole sauce. And on the side, Cooper's cracklings: pork cracklings, kimchi cracklings, and cracklings—all of the cracklings your little heart could desire.

If you're feeling hot dogs, you'll find them with all sorts of inventive toppings—the SoulDawg (kimchi and kewpie-smoked Siracha aioli) or the SouthernDawg (with spicy South Carolina-style barbecue sauce and cider-kewpie mayo slaw) or the Schnauzer (grainy mustard, sauerkraut and German potato salad), as well as others. Toki Underground, of ramen fame in D.C., will also be serving up bowls of vegetarian and chicken ramen.


There will also be salads from the festival organizers Sweetgreen (more on those here).


[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

For dessert, the always awesome gelato from Dolcezza.

Enter to win two VIP tickets! Just tell us the last song you listened to (or are currently listening to..)

Winners will be selected at random. This contest will close on Wednesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.