Outside Lands will repeat that feat this year on Aug. 14-15 by bringing back many of the same food and wine providers for "A Taste of the Bay Area," an ethnically diverse array of vendors who represent us and how we like to chow down. Tickets go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. and for some food for thought, we've taken the liberty of pairing a few of the available dishes with an artist or band from the lineup that you should try to hear while eating them:
Vendor: Pica Pica Maize Kitchen
Suggested musical accompaniment: Aterciopelados
Soundbite: Venezuela and Colombia may be uneasy neighbors. But here, at least, the tasty sweet corn sandwiches of the former can harmonize with the conscious rock of the latter.Dish: Korean tacos
Suggested musical accompaniment: Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Soundbite: This nori-wrapped and bulgogi beef-stuffed taco is a synergistic hybrid of Korean and Mexican food, two heretofore unrelated cuisines, just as the successful New York rapper and Jamaican reggae artist have created a fresh yet natural mash-up of perspectives in their new album Distant Relatives. Plus, these are the artists on the bill who you're most likely to hear on a bumping DJ night at the actual Namu restaurant. And the tacos have rasta colors.
Dish: Split Pea Seduction
Vendor: Split Pea Seduction
Suggested musical accompaniment: Al Green
Soundbite: Seduction . . . baby-making music . . . oh, never mind, it's just really good soup.
Dish: Duck and Venison Sausage Jambalaya
Suggested musical accompaniment: Rebirth Brass Band
Soundbite: NOLA represent! The second line-meets-hip-hop swagger of this legendary New Orleans group simply must be paired with Yon Davis' authentic Cajun food.
Dish: French-style hot chocolate
Vendor: Charles Chocolates
Suggested musical accompaniment: Phoenix
Soundbite: A smoldering French band with a languid sip of luxuriously rich molten chocolate = is it August yet?