Delfina's Craig Stoll, Bi-Rite's Sam Mogannam, and other Mission business owners organized a huge party two summers ago that took over 18th Street and spilled into Dolores Park. The free event was swarmed by people who ordered brick chicken, corn, beer, ice cream, and a grand display of spit-roasted pig. It was a one-day event, but took months to plan, thus the decision to make the block party a biannual event. It happens again this Saturday, Aug. 28.
Changes from the first party include craft beer from the San Francisco Brewers Guild, headed up by Magnolia's Dave McLean, whom Mogannam tells SFoodie is "a rock star." There will be an assortment of porcine eats, for sure, including porcetta from Stoll's crew and suckling pig carnitas by Regalito. Kasa, La Cocina, Out the Door, Earl's Organic Produce, and Unti Vineyards will also be part of the fest. All proceeds go to the Women's Building, BuenDia Family School, and Pie Ranch.
Speaking of which, it's too late to enter what Mogannam describes as a country-style pie contest. (This blogger will assist in managing the contest for the event producers.) Our one takeaway from the last block party? Buy food and beverage tickets in advance; you could win a chance to guest judge the pie contest if you buy 10 or more tickets ahead of time. Also, you'll be able to get your grub on a littler sooner than the rest of the crowds.
18th Street Block Party
When: Sat., Aug. 28, noon-5 p.m.
Where: 18th Street, between Dolores and Guerrero
Cost: Free; purchase advance food and beverage tickets at Bi-Rite Market, Delfina, Dolores Park Café, Fayes Video, and Tartine. A book of 10 costs $20.