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Monday, June 1, 2009

Crafty Eats at the Maker Faire

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Though rides and robotic warships were tempting, we instead made a beeline for the food at this weekend's Maker Faire (check out our full slideshow here) as soon as we got in the gate. We had to pay careful attention to where we were walking, lest we get run over by steampunks on Victorian cycles or, worse, giant cupcakes.

Cupcake cars from Acme Muffineering
Our first bite belonged to Gerard's Paella of Occidental in Sonoma County, and it was as flavorful as it was colorful. We were glad to see Uhuru Foods, which is run by the African People's Solidarity Committee in Oakland, because we knew they had a bit of a tumultuous road leading up to the Faire when their contract to be a food vendor at the event hung in the balance in what we think was either a disagreement or a misunderstanding with the concession managers. There, a crab cake of generous girth truly hit the spot.

click to enlarge Gerard Nebesky's colorful paella
  • Gerard Nebesky's colorful paella
The craft pavilion held its usual assortment of jewelry, knick-knacks, and apparel, but we were excited to see quite a few different items resembling food, from felted wool TV dinners and meats to adorable stationery from S.F.'s Motormouth Press. We purchased some recipe/poster/greeting cards from the latter and a kick-ass skull-and-bones patch that said "Cereal Killer" from someone who was closing up shop and had taken down their sign.
click to enlarge Ritual Roasters' new mobile coffee bike
  • Ritual Roasters' new mobile coffee bike

In the Homegrown Village tent, makers with an urban food slant educated and offered tastings. Ritual Roasters had a

booth where they sold coffee beans and grounds, but the real revelation

of the day was to see their nifty iced coffee bike roaming around outside; the busy driver told

SFoodie it will soon hit the streets of San Francisco.

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