La Cocina's 4th Annual Street Food Festival Now Includes Friday Night Market
By: Marcia Gagliardi "The Tablehopper"
Photo of the 2009 SF Street Food Festival from Facebook.
If you happen to be visiting San Francisco from August 17th–19th, you are one lucky duck, because you will be here for the San Francisco Street Food Festival, which is shaping up to be quite a doozy. As previously mentioned on tablehopper, for the first time ever this year, La Cocina will be holding a Night Market on the eve of the annual Street Food Festival. From 6pm-9pm on Friday August 17th, La Cocina will take over the Alemany Farmers’ Market site with a market celebrating the amazing talents of their local purveyors and cooks. There will be 25 different vendors, all selling plates of food for less than $10. Local restaurants like Fifth Floor, Nopalito, and Locanda will be there, as will many of La Cocina’s incubator businesses, like El Huarache Loco, El Buen Comer, Chaac-Mool, and Estrellita’s Snacks.
There will also be cocktails from Rye on the Road and beer from Whole Foods Markets’ Steep Brew, so be sure to sign up for the free shuttle from the 24th Street BART station when you buy your ticket. Tickets are $25, include a gift bag full of treats and swag, and all proceeds will benefit La Cocina. Parking passes can also be purchased with tickets.
6pm-9pm, 100 Alemany Blvd.
Then, on Saturday August 18th, be sure to catch La Cocina’s fourth annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, from 11am–7pm. For those of you who haven’t made it in previous years, it is a rollicking good time. More than 80 food vendors will be present, and many of them will be participants from La Cocina’s incubator program, which you can read more about here. It’s a truly wonderful program, because they not only do good work, but they do it well and it tastes delicious.
This year, the festival will be another awesome outdoor street food extravaganza. They’ll be taking over Folsom Street from 20th Street to 26th Street, plus additional seating and vendors on adjacent streets. You can enjoy street food and beverages from tons of local vendors, so get a group together and try a little bit of everything. All dishes will cost $8 or less, and if you weren’t sold on it already, admission is totally free. If you want to save yourself some time and money, be sure to check out the Passports that are available. You can earn some extra “street dollars” and beverages if you buy these packages in advance. Multiple people can use one passport, so get your crew of good eaters together and make it happen!
11am-7pm, Folsom St. at 21st–26th Sts.
If you still haven’t had enough (and you know you haven’t), Sunday August 19th kicks off the Food & Entrepreneurship Conference with the Eat Your Cart Out Brunch at SOMArts. Brunch will be prepared by visiting chefs Matt Jennings, Nick Pihakis, and Suvir Saran, partnered with some of La Cocina’s newest businesses: Mariko Grady (Aeden Foods), Guadalupe Guerrero (El Pipila), Adriana Lahl (Sal de Vida Gourmet), and Olive Loew (Saint & Olive Bakery). Mimosas, tea, and coffee will be bottomless, and tickets can be purchased here and cost $75. The conference will continue into Monday with some great panels and workshops on varying issues, like women in the restaurant industry, how to write about and present your food, and using technology to benefit food entrepreneurship. The full schedule can be found here, and tickets can be purchased for various levels of access to the conference. Scholarships are still available as well.
All conference events will be held at SOMArts, 934 Brannan St. at 8th St.
Marcia Gagliardi writes a popular insider weekly e-column about the SF dining scene, “the tablehopper.” Subscribe for free at www.tablehopper.com.
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