The Good Food Awards is kind of like the Oscars, only a touch less glamorous and a lot more focused on cured meat and pickles. This weekend, awards will be given out in categories such as charcuterie, cheese, coffee, and chocolate. If you ask us, those are a lot more exciting than Best Costume Design.
In addition to hosting a marketplace full of products from national competition finalists, this year brings the first Beer and Spirits Garden at the event. Attendees can sample and purchase award winning foods downstairs, and bring them upstairs to pair with beers and spirits in the garden. Since many of the brews are from other parts of the country, this is a good opportunity to try some popular beers that don't get distributed to the Bay Area. Think of it like celebrity spotting, but the red carpet looks suspiciously like the Grand Hall of the Ferry Building.
As the Good Food Award winners won't be announced until the awards ceremony on the night before the marketplace, we can't reveal exactly which beers and spirits will be available at the garden. But, we do know they'll be from the prestigious list of finalists. Beer highlights include Almanac Beer Co.'s inaugural beer, a Great American Beer Festival-winning sour ale, and undistributed brews from the Brooklyn and Coast breweries. The garden will also feature side-by-side comparison of cocktails and their component spirits. Finalists include everything from tart cherry liqueur to wine barrel-aged rum. At $12 for booze garden and food marketplace admission, you'll feel like the one winning an award. Time to iron that tuxedo.
Good Food Awards Beer and Spirits Garden
Where: Upstairs in the Ferry Building
What: Award winning food, beer, spirits, and celebrity brewmaster sightings.
When: Saturday, January 14th, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Cost: $12 includes five taster tickets in the beer and spirits garden, plus general admission to the food marketplace downstairs ($5 by itself). Tickets are good for 4oz of beer, a 3/4oz taste of straight spirits, or a sample cocktail pour. Additional tickets available for $2 each. Purchase tickets here.