Festival Fare: Food & Drink
A wide range of food and beverage options are available in and around the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Enjoy beer, wine, and snacks inside the big street tents, explore our Food Truck Villages downtown and at Lotus in the Park, or grab-and-go from a vast assortment of local restaurants. Concessions are also available inside the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Scroll down for a full list of vendors, trucks, and menus available to feed your Festival weekend!
Please note that no food or beverages are allowed inside our church venues — thank you in advance for your cooperation.
In the tents:
Lotus is pleased to partner with Bloomington Brewing Company, Upland Brewing Company, and One World Catering to provide beer, wine, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages for Festival-goers in the big tents (evenings, Fri/Sat).
- Pictura Gallery/Old National Bank Tent: Upland Brewing Company, serving Upland Dragonfly IPA, Upland Oktoberfest Bavarian Lager, Upland Easy Chair Amber Ale, and Upland Wheat Ale.
- Ivy Tech Community College Tent: Bloomington Brewing Company & One World Catering, serving BBC Kirkwood Cream Ale, BBC Ruby Bloom Amber, BBC Quarrymen Pale Ale, and BBC Rooftop IPA, as well as snacks including popcorn and a variety of sweet bakery treats such as cookies, bars, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Food Truck Villages (Downtown & Lotus in the Park)
Out on the street, the Food Truck Village returns in the evenings on West Kirkwood (between Walnut & College) — curated by Chef David Tallent, this selection of mobile menus offers diverse, on-the-go treats to feed the lively downtown scene. Open during Festival evening activities, approx. 6:00pm until just before midnight.
At Lotus in the Park, visit our new Food Truck offerings on Lincoln St. near the workshop tent. Food and beverage options available — stop by and sample! Open from noon to 4:00 pm.
Participating vendors so far….
Big Cheeze: We sling up a unique variety of grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesy sides. Easy, Cheezy, Goodness.
$6 Mac Daddy- Grilled cheese made on white bread with cheddar cheese and stuffed with mac & cheese.
$7 Momma Smacker- Grilled Cheese with smoked gouda cheese, BBQ pulled pork and caramelized onions
$5 Mozz Sticks- Homemade deep fried mozzarella sticks
The Chocolate Moose: Serving the Bloomington community with homemade, premium ice cream since 1933. Many delicious flavors to choose from as well as our dairy free vegan options.
$3- Premium Homemade Ice Cream- ½ pints available in a variety of flavors. Our premium homemade ice cream is made right here in Bloomington, IN using 14% butterfat (Vegetarian)
$4- Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich- Soft serve vanilla or twist sandwiched between two homemade cookies (Vegetarian)
Feast Restaurant & Catering: Serving the Food Truck Village with a range of refreshing beverage options
Bottled beverages and Coke products
Specialty and premium beverage treats, made to order
$10- Pork Belly Cuban – Roasted pork belly topped with thick cut, hickory smoked ham, swiss, whole grain mustard, and homemade zucchini pickles
$7- Beer Cheese Nachos- Tortilla chips topped with beer cheese made with Upland Helios Pale Ale, shredded chicken, green onion, cotija cheese, diced tomato and jalapeño. (Vegetarian available)
$4 Beef Picadillo- Served on tostada and topped with lettuce, homemade salsa, cilantro-lime sour cream, and cotija cheese.
~Trinidad Street Roti- Locally harvested roasted zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, butternut and eggplant simmered in a coconut, lime curry. Wrapped in a Roti flatbread with fresh pickled vegetables and a Cucumber Raita and Apricot Chutney. Served with a side of Gypsy Rice. (Vegan)
~Coconut Curried Chicken Trinidad Street Roti- Grilled chicken simmered in a coconut, lime curry, wrapped in a Roti Flatbread with pickled vegetables, Apricot Chutney and Cucumber Raita. Served with a side of Gypsy Rice.
~Around the World Gypsy Nachos- Corn Chips, Hummus, Eggplant Dip, Gypsy Bounty of the County Salsa, Guacamole, Cucumber Raita, Truck-made poblano queso. (Vegetarian, Vegan Available)
~Tacos: Soft warm corn gluten free tortilla topped with fresh cilantro and onion. Your choice of meat (steak, chicken, chorizo, al pastor, carnitas, fish, and shrimp) or vegetables. Tacos made fresh at customers request.`
~Torta: Mexican style sandwich of your choice of meat (steak, chicken, chorizo, al pastor, carnitas, fish, and shrimp) or vegetables. Topped with beans, lettuce, mayonnaise, fresh tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and cheese.
~Stuffed Poblano Pepper (Vegetarian): Poblano pepper stuffed with Mexican cheese covered with deep fried egg. Topped with our authentic homemade tomato sauce.
~Frozen Hot Chocolate- Ice cream mix chocolate and ice blended into a frappe and topped with homemade marshmallow whip and a graham cracker. Choice of Small or Regular size: $4/ $5.50
~S’more on a Stick- Homemade vanilla marshmallow on a stick, toasted then rolled in chocolate served with graham cracker: $5.50/$6.00 Butterfinger or S’mOreo chunks.
$10 Kimchi Chicken Thigh- Served on brioche with kimchi hot honey, pickles
$10 White Russian- Roasted Turkey, cabbage slaw, swiss cheese and horseradish aioli served on brioche
$11 BLT- Berkshire bacon, tomato jam and arugula on a brioche
Traveling Kitchen: Korean-Fusion Taco Truck, ultimate street food on wheel. We use local and fresh ingredients, most of our products from scratch and homemade. We are known for quality products and fast-friendly service with reasonable pricing. One Taco-$3.50, Choice of 3 Tacos- $10.00
~Teriyaki Chicken Taco- hand-cut, marinated chicken breast roasted and served with kimchi-fried rice, topped with freshly diced tomato, onion, cilantro and homemade salasa on a flour tortilla
~Korean Spicy Pork Taco- hand-cut, marinated with Korean spicy sauce with kimchi-fried rice, topped with freshly diced onion, cilantro and homemade salsa and spicy mayo on a flour tortilla
~Tempura Fish Taco- Japanese tempura battered codfish and Asian slaw, freshly cut tomato and cilantro topped with sriracha and spicy mayo on a flour tortilla.
$2/3 Cold Brew Iced Coffee- Our Signature Zing blend of cold brew coffee, nice and chocolatey, a little sweet, a little smoky. Served in 10/16oz
$2/3 Cold Brew Decaf Iced Coffee- Our Same great cold brew method, now available as a decaf single-origin from Tanzania. Served in 10/16oz
$9 The Fight Club- Chicken Club Sandwich with guacamole stuffed onion ring, ghost pepper cheese and house made jalapeño blue cheese spread
$7 The Jerk- Jerk Chicken with HOMEMADE Jamaican Jerk Sauce, rice and beans, tomato, lettuce and house made cilantro cream wrapped in tortilla
$9 The Answer- Philly steak with ghost pepper cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, cream cheese stuffed bell pepper ring and a house made roasted red pepper BBQ sauce.
Lotus Days at the Chocolate Moose
September 15-18, 10% of your purchase of delicious Chocolate Moose ice cream (or other treats) will go to the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation! The Moose has been serving up delicious homemade ice cream to students and locals alike since 1933 and offers vegan homemade ice cream as well along with hot dogs, bbq, sno cones, and many other treats! 401 S. Walnut Street, Open 11 am – 11 pm Everyday.