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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Off The Grid Ends Fort Mason Season on November 18

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 8:30 AM

CHRIS MACARTHUR
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Off The Grid will send its weekly Fort Mason gathering to hibernate away from the cold and wind for a few months after November 18. Organizer Matt Cohen tells SFoodie to expect the event's return to happen in mid-March.

While the main party takes a break, Off The Grid's numerous other weekly events remain, though the night markets (Mondays in San Mateo, Wednesdays in North Berkeley, Thursdays in the Upper Haight, and monthly Saturdays at McCoppin Alley) will have reduced hours from 5-8 p.m. starting in a couple of weeks. Cohen plans to use the small breather as a time to recharge and brainstorm some fun and unusual events; one unexpected highlight this season was a month of Saturdays at Berkeley horse racing track Golden Gate Fields, to offer an idea of how widely he thinks.

He is also in search of creative indoor spaces that might be able to host some one-offs during the rainy months. The challenge is to find locations that are large (but not too large) and are properly permitted for food-oriented events.

It has been a very successful second season for Off The Grid at Fort Mason. It grew by more than 50 percent space-wise, with over percent more vendors. The organization even debuted its own branded truck for prospective mobile vendors and restaurateurs to rent.

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