While the 2022 Roots N Blues vendor lineup – which contains a few new surprises! – will be released soon, today we’re giving you a sneak peek of what this year’s vendors will be dishing up and pouring out. Coming from across the state of Missouri, our diverse range of vendors will have something for everyone.
Big Daddy’s BBQ
A Roots N Blues staple, family-owned and -operated Big Daddy’s BBQ is based in Columbia and has been mastering the art of great barbecue since their humble beginnings as a food truck in 2013. The truck was so popular they had to graduate to a restaurant and now run not one but two local locations. The always-friendly Big Daddy’s team describes their cuisine as southern comfort food and recommends first-timers try their pulled pork, smoked brisket, or very popular pulled-pork nachos.
Hailing from Fulton, The Spot delivers uniquely-flavored cotton candy, shaved ice, freshly-squeezed lemonade, and other sweet summertime treats. The owners started their small business a week before the pandemic hit but managed to stay afloat and hang onto their dream of doing “something fun for our community which would invoke memories of fun and easier times,” says owner, Cindy. Stop by their booth and be sure to try out their specialty, cotton candy! They suggest ordering the strawberry cake batter, blue raspberry, or watermelon flavors.
These Springfielders are reimagining the corndog. With a passion for food, they travel to festivals around the country to share what they describe as “Half all-beef hotdog. Half mozzarella stick. Battered with ramen, Takis, or other toppings. Deep Fried. Sprinkled and sauced with mind-bending ingredients. One bite and cheese pull later, your tastebuds will be screaming through space!” They recommend their signature WookieDog (a Panko-coated corndog filled with cheese then topped with “gang-gang sauce,” or gochugang aioli), the Meetostikku (a Ramen-coated corndog filled with cheese and topped with sriracha, sesame seeds, and “solar garlic sauce,” or black garlic umami aioli), or the Kimchi JoJo’s (a large order of deep-fried potato wedges topped with vegan kimchi, gang-gang sauce, and sesame seeds). Our mouths are already watering!
Seeking to “take great tastes from around the world and give them a mid-western spin,” the local, family-owned 12 Baskets offers diners a wide range of American-fusion options. They pride themselves on serving high-quality food at affordable prices. They recommend trying the Hot Orange Mess (baked sweet potato covered in 12 Baskets BBQ pulled pork, mozzarella, green onion, toasted pecans and more sauce) or the BBQ Bacon Burger (lean, hand-pressed season beef that’s char-grilled and put on a toasted artisan bun with 12 baskets barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and maple bacon). Don’t forget to add one of their many delicious sides: caesar salad, sourdough and gouda grilled cheese, and pumpkin crumb cake.
Influenced by the Memphis, Kansas City, and St. Louis barbecue scenes, STL-based, chef-driven Sugarfire BBQ has created a style of barbecue that is entirely their own. They opened their first restaurant in 2012 and have since opened two additional locations, a testament to their passion for the craft. They suggest trying their smoked pork belly burnt ends, smoked beef brisket burnt ends, and fresh-sweet-lil-heat watermelon salad.
Up from Sedalia, the family behind Kindle Concessions has been in the concessions business since the father of the current owner first began vending at events over fifty years ago. You can expect classic, homemade carnival food. They suggest ordering their hand-dipped corndogs, funnel cakes, or ribbon fries.
Be sure to download the Roots N Blues Festival app so you can check out the full vendor lineup, and their menus, once released.
Please note: outside food is not allowed inside the festival, unless in cases of medical necessity. If this applies to you, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain permission to bring outside food onto the festival grounds.