Goodbye hot dogs, pizza and cola - hello mango/chamomile soup, organic kettle corn and organic sweet iced tea. Perhaps the greenest part of last weekend's Austin City Limits festival was not in the carbon offsetting or the banning of styrofoam, it was the food. Unlike the usual bland festival fare, ACL's food court was filled with tasty local foodstuffs. All of the booth's present were restaurants and vendors from the city, eliminating a ton of food miles from the fairgrounds.
The food was certainly great, but the best part of the food court on three consecutive 95 degree days of Texas heat was the beverage selection. Two in particular caught our attention - Sweet Leaf Tea's Mint and Honey Green Tea and Maine Root's "Pink Drink." First up, the Mint and Honey Green Tea. Not only did this practically get us through the brutal heat of the first day, the ingredients label elated us.
Carbon filtered water, premium organic green tea, organic honey, organic evaporated cane juice, organic spearmint leaves, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid, and natural flavors.
All of their teas and lemonades are certified organic and use cane sugar instead of the dreaded high fructose corn syrup. Maybe that's why they tasted so good.
Maine Root, known for their organic root beer and ginger brew, was selling "Pink Drinks" on tap left and right. Also known at the festival as Agave Lemonade, the organic soda is a combination of locally-sourced prickly pear cactus fruit, agave nectar and lemon juice. Like Sweet Leaf Tea, Maine Root uses organic evaporated cane juice as a sweetener for taste, health and environment. And, going a step further - for delivery in and around Austin, the company uses a veggie-powered VW Jetta diesel. How cool is that?