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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Off the Grid, a Roaming Mobile Food Party, Starts Next Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:50 AM

click to enlarge Peko-Peko is one of the vendors lined up for the weekly street-food night market. - _E.T./FLICKR
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  • Peko-Peko is one of the vendors lined up for the weekly street-food night market.
The culmination of nearly a year of work and negotiations with city officials and community organizations, mobile food consultant/activist Matt Cohen of SF Cart Project, in conjunction with La Cocina and Fort Mason Center, will debut the roaming mobile food night market Off the Grid next Friday night in Fort Mason.

Cohen explained that the market will be roughly split amongst Asian and Latino vendors in trucks and tents. Expected participants for next week's launch include Hapa SF, Peko-Peko Catering, Seoul on Wheels, El Huarache Loco, Kung Fu Tacos, Azalina's Malaysian, Soul Cocina, Global Soul, Onigilly, and Chaac Mool. There will be live music, and alcohol available for those 21 and over; beer and wine to start, but Cohen added that he's talking to spirits companies about coming to the market and making signature cocktails to pair with the food in the future.

"It's like if you take a bit of Japanese yatai and a bit of Latino bodega and shake," he said of the intended vibe.

Cohen confirmed that he's working on bringing Off the Grid to other neighborhoods, including some with little to no existing street food options; he hopes to have three more of them rolling by mid-July. He also said that there is the ability to extend the hours and amount of vendors at Fort Mason if there is a demand.

We'll be excited to see Off the Grid begin at Fort Mason, and particularly when it brings a taste of street food to neighborhoods that don't have this experience in their backyards.

Off the Grid: Fort Mason

When: Fridays beginning Jun. 25, 5-8 p.m.

Where: Fort Mason Center parking lot

Cost: Free

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