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What to Wear: on a Date at a Food Festival

Dress well. Eat everything. Make out. Repeat.

By Megan Collins | May 19 2017

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If the second season of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None taught me anything, it’s that dating and food always go hand-in-hand. In addition to Dev’s drinks and dinner and drinks again standby, though, I’d like to propose another food-focused date to the mix: the food festival.

{ok, this isn’t a date and they’re not at a food festival, but c’mon, how great is this pic?}

In my mind, you can’t beat a food festival for romance…or deliciousness. Think about it: you’re moving around outside but not actually exercising. You’re talking side by side—way less intimidating than staring at each other across a table. All the food is perfect for sharing, and waiting in line at the different stands takes long enough that you never get so full that you want to take a nap instead of make out.

In Madison, we had two annual food festivals I loved going to growing up. Bratfest, a record-breaking sausagefest (lol) that started in a local supermarket’s parking lot and grew so big they had to move it to the local convention center. The other, Taste of Madison, started when I was little. I always loved walking the booths around the capitol square, showcasing local restaurants’ most popular dishes.

Now that I’m grown, I realize neither of these are unique, ground-breaking concepts, but at the time I chalked them up as just two more reasons Madison, Wisconsin was better than literally anywhere else in the state, country, or—yes, world.

Today, there are plenty of options for food festivals in cities near and far. In LA, our pals at The Infatuation are hosting their first-ever foods festival, EEEEEATSCON, with some of angelenos’ favorite restaurants.

Co-founder Andrew Steinthal knows what he’ll be wearing: “my Paige cargo pants, always need extra pockets for festivals. Shades, which I’ll ultimately probably lose. Jordan III’s, the most comfortable of the J’s and a dark t-shirt, to make sure the dirt doesn’t show.” And any food stains incurred in the line of duty, naturally. 

Closer to home, I’m looking forward to this weekend’s Five Points Festival in NYC, a food truck and brewery showcase disguised as a designer toy and comic convention—especially looking forward to their exclusive debut of a new IPA, “Mad Scientist,” brewed by Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery.

Below,  food festival outfit for your next (delicious) date:

Shirt: J.Crew, $40 | Pants: Public Rec, $95 | Shoes: House of Future, $110

Wallet: Spine, $30 | Watch: Nixon, $150 | Socks: Richer Poorer, $13 

Sunglasses: Newman, $175 | Breath Spray: Hello, $4

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