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Monday, August 3, 2015

SF Street Food Festival Expands Lineup

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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Like the universe itself, expansion is the most salient attribute of the San Francisco Street Food Festival (SFSFF). For the seventh go-round, the fest that drastically outgrew its initial Mission location has moved to the considerably more spacious digs of Pier 70, where it's going to be everything from A to Z (or, at least, everything from Aedan to Yvonne's Southern Sweets). This has allowed them to add still further stuff to a lineup that was pretty much unmatched to begin with.

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While we're already pumped for Comstock, Namu, Hella Vegan Eats and all the rest, SFSFF will now also be a wonderland of beer and specialty cocktails, from Mission Bowling Club, Café Du Nord, Odd Job, Smokestack, Third Rail, Locanda, and Sweets Collection. (Tasters are a mere $8, with larger drinks going for $12.) The Whole Foods Market Hops & Crafts Beer Garden will serve brews from Magnolia, Goose Island, Anchor Stream, Cali Craft, 21st Amendment, Stone Brewery, and Fort Point., while other bars sprinkled around the venue will be serving wine, well drinks, and non-Bay-Area-pantheon beer (that kind that still tastes good and gets you tipsy, but doesn't fill you with civic pride over living in such an excellent brewing metropolis).

In other good news, you can also move about freely, drink in hand. In festival management parlance, this is known as "promoting a more cohesive dining experience," but we all know it means keeping people happy — and not having to continually empty a big giant garbage can where everyone's chugging their wine and tossing the cups away before they enter.

Apart from alcohol, there's also a Whole Foods Market Live Cooking Stage featuring cooking demos acclaimed San Francisco chefs and La Cocina entrepreneurs. Delfina's Anthony Strong will make pane al pomodoro, Kelly McVicker of McVicker Pickles will reveal the ins-and-outs of pickling, Three Babes Bakeshop’s Lenore Estrada will be all about that perfect apple pie, Monica Martinez will wax enthusiastic about her wax moth larvae tacos, and Flour + Water’s Thomas McNaughton will instruct eager notetakers on the art of homemade pasta. 

It's gotten to where fasting for three days beforehand is beginning to look like a prudent planning strategy, and we haven't even gotten to the Saturday Night Spit Roast. While SFSFF is free to enter, it is after all a fundraiser for a very worthy nonprofit (La Cocina), and buying a passport is a very sensible idea. You'll never see this much delicious local food again.

SF Street Food Festival
, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16, 11 a.m - 6 p.m., at Pier 70.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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