we headed out to indio from LA to attend the last weekend for the festival.
they had the standard food concessions: funnel cakes, indian fry bread, bbq corn, cotton candy, etc. we had decent beef sandwiches (sliced off big hunks of beef slowing rotating over mesquite charcoal chunks). also served tri tip grilled over mesquite.
the specialty items were date-based. date shakes (& cactus shakes-sold out unfortunately). deep fried dates on a stick look sort of like a corn dog- 3 battered dates, sprinkled with powdered sugar & caramel sauce (skip the sauce, too sweet)-you can share this item. a couple date stands from the coachella valley offered packaged dates & baked goods. the pie concession offered a date-pecan pie (the rhubarb pie was nice & slightly tart, topped with soft serve ice cream).
a camel dairy from ramona (oasis camel dairy) did a camel milking demo. they're only making soap with the milk so far but are looking into camel milk for human consumption-something interesting to look forward to if they get it off the ground.
on the way out of town we stopped by our favorite date shake place, shields in indio, to see if they're still in business after being bought out by jewel dates. still there, but the property next to it with the tall palms is for sale, so who knows what will happen in the future. for us, hadley's doesn't cut it for date shakes.