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Passion Pit Bassist Says Ultra Serves Best Music Festival Food

Passion Pit hated the Ultra experience but loved the food.
Passion Pit hated the Ultra experience but loved the food.

Restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog Eater does a series of food interviews with musicians, called Sound Cheque (get it?). This week, it interviewed Passion Pit bassist Jeff Apruzzese, who has visited Miami twice this year -- the first time in March for Ultra Music Festival, the second time in June for a headlining gig at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Asked about which music festival has the best food, his pick was Ultra.

Well, my favorite was the Ultra Festival in Miami; it's part of the Winter Music Conference. It's my least favorite festival to play but the best festival for food. I mean, it's a fun festival, but it's all DJs and electronic music and giant tents where you walk in and there are 30-person orgies with girls in bikinis and neon fur boots all chewing on pacifiers because they're rolling on Ecstacy at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. So at first, I was like, 'What are we doing here!?' But the food was totally amazing there -- all Cuban and Creole -- such good empanadas and arepas.

As a reporter who has covered the music festival many times, I've never seen these "30-person orgies," but I definitely agree about the variety of food available at the electronic music celebration. At the same time, I'm a little sad he found his Ultra experience so bad that he calls it his least favorite. I enjoyed the Passion Pit performance despite the rolling candy ravers.

Anyway, if you need photographic proof of the deliciousness served -- even the Gastropod truck got in on the action by providing food to the artists as well as festivalgoers -- here is the food at Ultra slideshow we put up way back when.


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