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Monday, April 27, 2009

Upcoming Great American Food and Music Fest Features Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Marshall Crenshaw, Little Feat, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy -- and an Astounding Array of Eats

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 2:10 PM

There'll be plenty for both foodies and music lovers to enjoy at the Great American Food and Music Fest, a one-day event running from noon to 10 p.m. on June 13 at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View.

Chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay is the host, and will demonstrate his famed grilling technique. Local-boy-made-good Guy Fieri, the most successful winner of the Food Network's The Next Food Network Star, will also appear onstage.

Food booths offering quintessential American delights have been curated by Serious Eats founder Ed Levine, who told us "This has been a fantasy of mine which I first proposed doing in 1993, and am now achieving at long last! I always imagined what kinds of foods I wanted to eat -- when I was in college in Grinnell, Iowa, I would fantasize about Barney Greengrass. Or what I wouldn't give for a real pastrami sandwich from Katz's on the Lower East Side. This is a fantasy list from years of deprivation!" 

The dream team assemblage includes Katz's Deli (NY), Pink's Hot Dogs (LA), Barney Greengrass (NY), Graeter's Ice Cream (Cincinnati), Southside Market & Barbecue (Texas), Anchor Bar (Buffalo, NY, creator of Buffalo wings), Junior's (Brooklyn, home of the famed cheesecake), Zingerman's Deli (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Tony Luke's Cheesesteaks (Philadelphia), and Thomas Keller's Bouchon (Yountville). The booths will be offering plates of their specialties for $5 each (the first plate comes free with the price of admission to the Fest). 

"We won't be doing a WHOLE Katz's pastrami sandwich, " Levine says. "That would finish someone off for the entire day."

He's especially excited about the Zingerman's offering: a special

bacon tasting plate, because Zingerman's co-owner Ari Weinzweig is

currently working on a bacon book.

The Bay

Area will have its own Best of Bay Area tent, featuring all sorts of

local products (cheese, cured meats, baked goods, jams, chocolate,

produce, you name it), and demonstrations by such beloved San Francisco

chefs as A-16's Nate Appleman, Boulevard's Nancy Oakes, and sausage king Bruce Aidells.

There will also be two wine-tasting tents, with seminars and samples.

Music will be provided by Marshall Crenshaw, Little Feat, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.


this space for more upcoming information as bands and chefs are added.

SF Weekly, a Fest co-sponsor, will be judging a Best Burger in the Bay

Area contest, with restaurant participants to be announced. 

An Edible Schoolyard exhibit is planned, to show the kiddies how they can grow and harvest their own produce.

Fun for the whole hungry family!

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