GastroMagic and other food awesomeness at Outside Lands

Twerking, butcher break dancing and mambo dancing about Mezcal


This weekend’s Outside Lands music, food and art festival (aka BiteClub’s favorite two days of non-stop noshing) is upping its foodie game this year. Not that it really needed to.

This incubator of fun, funky and insanely creative ideas in gastronomy hosts nearly 75 restaurant pop-ups, 9 food trucks, dessert-centric Chocolands and the new “Cheeselands”.

What we’re especially stoked for, however, is GastroMagic, a ridonculous lineup of amazing chefs (Chris Cosentino of Incanto, Boccalone, Brandon Jew of Bar Agricole, Kim Alter of Plum, Christopher Kostow of Meadowood, etc.) paired with acts like twerk-diva Big Freedia throwing beignets to the crowd, competing butchers breaking down a pig while dancers break dance on stage, a discussion of Mezcal with a troupe of limbo-ing mambo dancers, restaurateurs from Rich Table doing a Medieval-themed round table, and some of the Bay Area’s best chefs reading their worst restaurant reviews. Kinda perfect if you ask us.

Other highlights of the eating weekend ahead: 4505 Meats’ chicarrones; Gilroy garlic mac and cheese (Homeroom), braised collard greens from Southpaw BBQ and Southern Cooking, spun cotton candy bouquets from Sugar and Spun, pastrami cheese fries from Wise Sons Deli, Ramen Burgers (Nambe), Dried Porcini donuts at Rich Table, along with Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream and sleeping on the lawn with a glass of Claypool Cellars rose in one hand and a Sonoma Cider in the other. Stay tuned for updated photos, live updates and my foodie quest throughout the weekend at