Food and music are two of life’s great pleasures. Put them together and you’ve got a full-on sensory feast. Check out music festivals with killer food, quirky tour-rider requests, singers who make wine, and more below.

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On the cover: Photography by Ari Michelson; Illustrations by Dave Homer
| Credit: On the cover: Photography by Ari Michelson; Illustrations by Dave Homer

Italian composer Gioachino Rossini understood the connection between food and music: His passion for opera (he wrote 39, including The Barber of Seville) was matched only by his devotion to food. "Eating, loving, singing, and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life," he said. 

Fast-forward to the 1930s, when Wells', an after-hours haunt for Harlem jazz musicians, popularized chicken and waffles. And the beat goes on, from Elvis's love of fried peanut-butter-and-banana sammies to Notorious B.I.G.'s lyrics, which track his rise to fame with food (he "used to eat sardines for dinner" but moved on to "T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch's grape"). 

Now a new generation of chefs and musicians are making the food-music connection. Roots drummer Questlove hosts chefs like Dominique Ansel at "food salons" in his Manhattan home. Action Bronson was a working chef before becoming a rapper and now hosts his own food show on Viceland. R&B legend Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pie is Internet famous. And Lady Gaga, Gloria Estefan, and Jay-Z are all restaurateurs. Did we mention that Rachael Ray is a walking encyclopedia of rock 'n' roll? 

The world has clearly caught on that great tunes and good grub go together like Johnny and June, so we're celebrating all the places they overlap—starting with music festivals, where organizers put as much effort into booking catering companies as they do into wrangling headlining acts. Queue up Rachael Ray Every Day's playlists on Spotify when you're ready to cook or eat. The only thing that can make a delicious meal even better is the perfect soundtrack, so sit down, grab a fork, and listen up! 

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