Great GoogaMooga Grub 2013


By Dane Feldman

This year’s Great GoogaMooga festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn was canceled on Sunday due to poor weather conditions. Thankfully, I attended Saturday’s festivities (although it wasn’t exactly a beautiful day in Prospect Park then either) and was able to do some tastings.

This year’s GoogaMooga featured 85 food vendors (up 75 from last year) as well as a tent just for wine makers and importers and a similar tent just for beer (the festival offered over 100 different kinds of wine as well as over 100 different brews of beer). The festival also boasted some pretty solid lineups at both the Nethermead Stage and Joe’s Pub Stage, including Father John Misty and Matt & Kim on Saturday, as well as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, and The Darkness on Friday.

What I consumed:

  • Mac and cheese from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
  • Buttermilk-dipped chicken fingers from Dirty Bird
  • Cheeseburger sliders from DuMont Burger
  • Love Drunk rosé from Oregon’s Mouton Noir
  • Namaste Belgian Style Ale from Delaware’s Dogfish Head
  • Torley Fortuna Wine Soda from California’s Blue Danube Wine Company
  • Reuscher-Haart Riesling from Summer of Riesling
  • Pinot Noir from California’s Acid Inc.
  • Agave Nectar, a Blue Moon Seasonal from Colorado

Everything was pretty spectacular, but if I had to choose I’d say the sliders from DuMont Burger and the Wine Soda were my two favorites. The sliders were cooked well, not too well-done, not too rare and were paired with American cheese, pickles, Campari tomatoes and red onions. They came two to an order.

Photo by Dane Feldman.

The Wine Soda was really quite special. I’m usually a dry white wine drinker. For a frame of reference, some of my favorites are Oregon pinot gris, Austrian gruner, and Alsatian pinot gris, and Chilean sauvignon blanc. That being said, I really enjoyed the Wine Soda. Blue Danube describes it as having ginger notes and “double the bubbles” of a typical Moscato. Still, it was light and refreshing and perfect for the occasion.

Although Saturday was a rainy day in the park, it was still a great experience. There are no updates yet on how GoogaMooga’s operations teams plan to accommodate the vendors and bands who lost money due to Sunday’s cancellation, but they do plan to find solutions.

In the meantime, if you’re like me and looking to score some sliders and some Wine Soda, DuMont Burger is located at 314 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn and Blue Danube distributes to 25 locations in the greater New York area. Just check out their website for locations.