The 20 Craziest Shenanigans from the 2018 Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage at BottleRock
Gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White and cake ace Duff Goldman showered the crowd with cotton candy snowballs. Top Chef Michael Voltaggio ignited a giant flamethrower just a few feet from the front row (Luckily, he only blackened Jamaican jerk chicken and not audience members). Singer Michael Franti waded into a sea of people with shareables to spread the good food vibes. Nearly every act cannonballed T-shirts at fans with a high-powered air gun.
Sure, there were legit recipe recs and cooking tips (Giada De Laurentiis gave solid knife advice to pop singer Halsey, "You control the knife; it doesn't control you!") But this year, the festival really amped up the antics. Picture your favorite food wizards (the stage often took on a magical cauldron vibe with nearly constant clouds of liquid nitrogen emanating from some frozen potion to beat the Napa heat) and their famous friends enjoying a kick-*ss kitchen party... in front of thousands of people. If you missed the fest this year or want to relive the best moments, see all the spontaneous snaps of BottleRock's gourmet guest list!
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BottleRock Napa and Williams Sonoma provided media passes for the purpose of this article.
(Photos via Grace Sager and Kassie Borreson / Williams-Sonoma)