16 Reasons to Get to the Taste of Country Festival in 2016
The 2016 Taste of Country Festival is less than six months away. Over a dozen country stars have been introduced thus far, including two major headliners and a supporting lineup that's good enough to make other festivals jealous. It's the fourth year country music has taken over the Catskills of Central New York. Consider this list of 16 Reasons to Get to the Taste of Country Festival in 2016 your blueprint for having the weekend of a lifetime this June 10-12 in Hunter, N.Y.
You're going to have to trust us. Joining Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen in 2016 is another superstar talent. Last year Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Toby Keith headlined, and this June's lineup promises to be even better.
There's a full ropes course at the TOC Fest. Last year Logan Mize took a group of campers through the ropes.
The Taste of Country Festival stage is quite possibly the most beautiful stage in country music. With lush green mountains on every side and fans able to get as close to the artists as they want (no white chairs here), this platform is a scenic focal point for a wonderful festival.
Between acts and after the headliner finishes, the TOC Fest party continues on an indoor second stage. You never know who will turn up for another set.
New camping options have been added for this year, but nothing about the prime location of the campgrounds has changed. Some fans stare down the mountain from the top of their RV, watching thousands of fans and dozens of country stars perform late into the night. Others prefer the tent party, which never disappoints.
There's a lot to look at at the Taste of Country Festival, and we're not just talking about the two stages.
A combination of great service and great location makes the pizza vendor on the path leading to the campground your best friend at midnight, after a long day shaking, shouting and singing songs from your favorite country stars. We ordered about six slices and plan to be back nightly in 2016.
Jake Owen makes his first trip to the ToC Fest as a headliner, and he'll bring new music. In addition to "Real Life," Owen should have shared more from his upcoming studio album by June.
This kind of thing happens every year. Watch as Dustin Lynch tours the campground prior to performing in 2013.
Chase Bryant overcame his fears in 2015. Can you overcome yours in 2016? You'll forget all about looking down when you look around during this panoramic ride up Hunter Mountain.
VIP passes can include the closest possible viewing area, free food, drinks, private bathrooms, showers and a comfortable place to watch if standing shoulder to shoulder with other fans isn't your thing. There are three VIP options. Check them out at the TOC Fest website.
Festivals are a chance for artists to catch up with one another, and sometimes that means catching up on stage. Tim McGraw joined Tracy Lawrence in 2015, wearing his workout clothes and a hand band. It turns out McGraw is a big fan and he just couldn't stay away.
Jumbotron interviews with stars just before they go on stage often lead to stunning confessions. Dustin Lynch first talked about the Bicep Chug in 2013. The Cadillac Three revealed country's biggest partiers in 2014 and Tracy Lawrence revealed he's an Iggy Azalea fan in 2015.
It simply doesn't get bigger. Country music's most popular live act will headline one of the three nights of the Taste of Country Festival, and he's bringing friends. His 2016 tour opener Old Dominion will also perform in Hunter.
The crowd at the 2016 Taste of Country Festival will get first dibs on tickets to the 2017 festival. How can it get bigger than Kenny Chesney? Well, we haven't let you down yet.