Warren Oakes is co-owner of Boca Fiesta and played drums in Against Me! His new band, Sunshine State, is currently in the studio.
What was the food highlight of your year?
My food highlight was spending 6 days in Guadalajara, Mexico in early November with my business partner and buddy Jake. I really couldn’t pick out any one meal, just being immersed in such an enthusiastic food culture was amazing. The most surprising thing probably was how stoked everybody was about pizza and doughnuts. We got to see a soccer match and all the vendors are walking around selling pizza and doughnuts. There was not a single taco or churro in the whole damn stadium! We got to try home brewed pulque in a really small, off-the-grid, pulque bar. Its a strangely sour and funky and allegedly hallucinogenic potion made from the same plant mezcal is made from. I felt a little something weird in my mind, gonna have to drink more next time to truly test that claim. I also had the best torta, best tamale, best taco, best tortilla, and best tequila I’ve ever tasted. Can’t wait to go back.
What was the music highlight of your year?
My music highlight was Fest in Gainesville. I had the double pleasure of hosting rad shows at my venue and playing a very fun set with my sweet new band. So many great bands, so many nice folks. My favorite Fest so far.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
I’ve managed to arrange my life in such a way that the intersection of food and music is where I spend virtually all of my time. I own a venue that is connected to a restaurant, so coming up with recipes and menu development while booking shows and running sound is what I do for a living. And playing music and eating everything is what I do for a life. Living the dream!