Sweetgreen Banishes Soda, Hot Dogs from the 2015 Sweetlife Festival

Yes to José Andrés, no to fake cheese nachos.

Luke's Lobster is among the many local restaurants serving at Sweetlife. Photograph by Dakota Fine.

The 2015 Sweetlife Festival is back on May 30 and 31 with big-name headliners like Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris, plus plenty of culinary talent in the mix. Momofuku Milk Bar is set to serve sweets, José Andrés will dish up a specialty sandwich, and New York’s Blue Hill concocted a “wastED” burger for the occasion. The one thing you won’t find: soda and hot dogs.

The culinary format is slightly different this year. Sweetgreen has taken over all concessions, banishing plebeian festival fare like Sprite and fake cheese nachos in favor of craft foods and drinks, and of course, salads. Sustenance is divided into five categories: a chef’s corner, where you’ll find the likes of Andrés and Erik Bruner-Yang (Toki/Maketto); concessions by Luke’s Lobster, Shake Shack, and others; “roadies,” i.e. food trucks such as Takorean; a marketplace for quick-grabs from Dolcezza and other artisanal vendors; and the Tavern, pouring craft brews and local wines.

Still missing soda and tube meat? Too bad. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $97.50 for one-day general admission to $225 for VIP.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.