Best Boozy Festival
Even though we have to pour out a little something for the canceled Street Food Festival — it'll be back in 2017 — there's no shortage of foodie festivals around here. But we're still a little scarred by the three-hour lines at Japantown's Ramen Festival in 2014, so we have to show the love to a comparatively small (if well-organized) one. Cider Summit, held every April at the Presidio's Civil War Parade Ground, goes light-years beyond the sugary, un-sessionable ciders favored by teenagers flailing about for a gateway booze. Here you'll find a world of neutral oak-barrel aging, subtle tartness, and unfiltered experimental oddities, along with one-offs that resemble sauternes or ice wines. Even if you don't necessarily grok tasting notes like "silage" or "grandma's attic," you'll be glad you exposed your palate to something new and unexpected. Mercifully, the lines are manageable — and your reward is booze.