Despite some hiccups in its early years, Napa’s BottleRock festival continues to attract top-notch culinary talent to match the musicians onstage. While chefs with a local connection like Tyler Florence and Masaharu Morimoto tend to get top billing on the food side, the festival has just added food world heavyweights Martha Stewart and José Andrés to the lineup appearing at the Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage.
The foodie-friendly demo stage has hosted some exciting food-music mashups in the past. In 2015, Morimoto and frequent Martha Stewart collaborator Snoop Dogg rolled up some of California’s finest and last year the Iron Chef returned to show Green Day how to break down a 200-pound tuna onstage. So, it should be interesting to see what kind of antics Martha gets up to with a hungry live crowd. In addition to Martha and Andrés, the culinary lineup includes a healthy serving of local chefs and TV celebrities like Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustard’s Grill), Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb), Stephen Barber (Farmstead at Long Meadown Ranch), Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, Roy Choi, Adam Richman, Ayesha Curry and up-and-coming Napa middle schooler Justice Faustina, who nabbed the runner-up spot on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship.
The musicians planning to make a crossover appearance at the culinary stage include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Green Day’s Mike Dirnt & Tre Cool, Fitz & The Tantrums, Dirty Heads, Silversun Pickups, E40, Matt Sorum of Hollywood Vampires, Michael Franti, Everlast of House of Pain, The Strumbellas, The Naked & Famous, Charles Bradley, Warren G, Frenchy Le Freak and others. There’s also a few scheduled appearances from Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, World Record Competitive Eating Champion Joey Chestnut as well as Napa Mayor Jill Techel and honey-voiced emcee Liam “Foodie Chap” Mayclem.
According to festival organizers, increased interest has also pushed them to upgrade Williams-Sonoma stage with more space, an expanded viewing area and better audio and video capabilities “to ensure an enhanced guest experience and allow for maximum fan participation.” Which is basically the culinary equivalent of “these go to 11.”
More information on the festival’s food lineup can be found here.