Outside Lands, the San Francisco food, wine, beer and oh-yeah-music festival, has announced its 2016 eats and drinks lineup to gleeful gastronauts once again.
In total 80 restaurants, 40 wineries and 28 breweries will participate, along with a dedicated culinary stage, throughout the August 5-7, 2016 drink, eat, dance, nap, repeat weekend in Golden Gate Park.
Now in its ninth year, culinary stakes are raised each year as restaurateurs vie for festival-goers appetites. Ranging from simple to sophisticated, food fare includes everything from pork belly burgers and corn dogs to crab rolls, gourmet hot chocolate, Raclette cheese, ramen and Indonesian fried noodles.
It’s a mostly-fried, calorie-dense and/or sugared-up swath of eats (not surprisingly) to keep the hoards nourished while walking miles and miles and miles between venues throughout the weekend. We actually wore out a pair of shoes wandering through Chocolands, Cheeselands, Beerlands, Winelands, and the Gastromagic stage (where Big Freddia booty bounced into town while throwing beignets the last two years).
Here’s what we’re looking forward to for 2016, as August approaches. BTW: If you haven’t got tickets yet, the bad news is that the event is sold out. The good news is that we’ll be there noshing our way through the event once again, saving you the calories, parking hassles and frozen toes (SF is freezing in August), if that’s any consolation.
New This Year: Outside Clams
Woodhouse Fish Co. will curate a “comprehensive crustacean experience” including raw and BBQ oysters, lobster rolls and clam chowder next to Wine Lands. I want the Outside Clams T-shirt, already.
More than 80 restaurants represent in “Taste of the Bay Area”, the gourmet food lineup spread throughout the event.
New to Taste of the Bay Area
Belcampo Meat Co.: Butcher shop/cafe in SF and Larkspur offers up humanely-raised meats including burger with pickled goat horn chiles and hot dogs.
Bini’s Kitchen: Turkey momo’s, Nepalese veggie dumplings
Fine and Rare: Crab rolls, BLT’s, Old Bay Kettle Chips a newish SF breakfast and lunch spot.
Itani Ramen: Vegetarian ramen, pork gyoza
Koja Kitchen: Chicken and veggie tacos, kamikaze fries
Rove Kitchen: Fried chicken skin sammies
* The Farmer’s Wife: Gravenstein apple and wildflower honey melts (SONOMA COUNTY LOCAL)
The Japanese Pantry: Former Nojo owner Greg Dunmore brings Japanese ingredients and food traditions to the US.
New Trucks and Carts
Homestead Cookies: Savory sweet chocolate chip cookies and milk
Il Morso: S’mores, coffee bars
Mozzeria: Margherita, salumi pizzas
More than 90% of food vendors return to Outside Lands each year, usually bumping up their game in a friendly competition with other chefs and restaurants. Here are the Outside Lands gourmet grub veterans:
4505 Meats: Best damn cheeseburgers, spicy chimichurri fries, chicharrones
Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas: Pork, chicken, dulce tamales, elote, flan, arroz con leche
Azalinas: Malaysian chicken curry nachos
Bacon Bacon: California BBQ bacon burritos, Porky Fries, chocolate covered bacon
Beast and the Hare: Loaded baked potatoes
Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers: Pork belly burgers, natch
Candybar Dessert Lounge: Churro ice cream sandiwches with chocolate drizzle
Charles Chocolates: Frozen hot chocolate, fudge brownies
Curry Up Now: Chicken tikka bowls and burritos, sexy fries with chicken or paneer tikka masala
Del Popolo: Margherita pizzas
Delessio Market and Bakery: Cochinita pibil pork sandwiches, Brazilian french toast.
Earthy Delights: Italian chicken sandwiches, crispy chicken ranch wraps
El Huarache Loco: Huraches, gorditas
Endless Summer Sweets: Corn dogs and funnel cakes
Epic Cookies: Gluten free cookies, chocolate krackle, snickerdoodles, milk
Escape from New York Pizza: Pizza by the slice
Four Barrel Coffee: Cold brew coffee
Freshroll Vietnamese Rolls and Bowls: Grilled chicken Vietnamese sandwiches, Vietnamese iced coffee
Glaze Teriyaki: Salmon, steak, chicken teriyaki, spicy wings
Guittard Chocolate Co.: Melted chocolate bars
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream: Secret Breakfast Ice cream, Bourbon coke floats
Il Cane Rosso: Fried egg sandwiches
Kara’s Cupcakes: Cupcakes, Sea Salt Chocolate cookies, raspberry lemonade with white chocolate drizzle.
La Urbana: Chorizo bacon dogs
Little Skillet: Fried chicken and waffles, red velvet cupcakes, fresh watermelon
Living Greens Juice: Fresh cracked coconuts, living lemonade
Long Meadow Ranch: Charcuterie and cheese, Raclette with fresh bread.
Loving Cup: Vanilla bean rice pudding, cookies, coffee
Lucca Foods: BBQ pulled pork, Rice Krispy treats
Merigan Sub Shop: Mozzarella sticks and Italian ices
Namu Street Food: Korean Fried Chicken
Nombe: Ramenburgers, Sushi Burritos
Pacific Catch: Hawaiian Ahi Poke, Fish & Chips, Sweet Potato Fries
Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen: Arepas, Yuca Fries, Sweet Plantains
Precita Park Cafe: Bacon Egg and Cheese Fries, Nitro Coffee
Proposition Chicken: Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Spicy Slaw
Rich Table: Porcini Doughnuts with Raclette Cheese
Rosamunde Sausage Grill: Grilled Beer Sausage Sandwiches, Brats, Poutine
Sababa: Falafel Sandwiches and Plates
Sabores Del Sur: Empanadas, Alfajores, Aguas Frescas
Sataysfied: Chicken Satays, Mie Tek Tek (Indonesian Fried Noodles)
Southpaw BBQ & Southern Cooking: Brisket Sandwiches, Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches
Spicy Pie: Giant Pizza Slices, Cookie Pie
Split Pea Seduction: Country Style Split Pea Soup, Shakable Stone Fruit Salads, Puerto Rican Pork Sandwiches
Stones Throw: Meatball Sandwiches
Straw: Donut Cheeseburgers, Sweet Potato Tots
Sugar & Spun: Cotton Candy Bouquets
Suite Foods Waffles: Belgian Waffles Stuffed with Whipped Cream
Tacolicious: Shot-and-a-Beer Braised Chicken Tacos
The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Classic Grilled Cheeses, Smokey Tomato Soup
The Little Chihuahua: Fried Plantain and Black Bean Burritos
The Monk’s Kettle: Pretzel Knots with Beer Cheese Sauce
The Pizza Place: Vegan Personal Pizzas
The Up & Under Pub and Grill: Gourmet Waffle Fries
Three Babes Bakeshop: Peach Cobblers
Three Twins Ice Cream: Assorted Organic Ice Creams, Wafer Ice Cream Sandwiches
Wise Sons Jewish Deli: Bagels and Shmear, Chocolate Babka
Food Truck Vets
Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos: Ice Cream Tacos, Frozen Bananas
Senor Sisig: Pork, Chicken & Tofu Sisig with Steamed Rice
Seoul on Wheels: Kimchee Fried Rice Plates, Korritos
Sprogs: Fresh Fruit & Veggie Dippers, Fresh Fruit Sippers
The Chairman: Steamed and Baked Baos, Bao Chips
Those Fabulous Frickle Brothers: Fabulous Frickles, Fried Green Tomatoes
21st Amendment Brewery
Almanac Beer Co.
Anchor Brewing Company
Bear Republic Brewing Company
Calicraft Brewing Co.
High Water Brewing
Iron Springs Brewery
Lost Coast Brewery
North Coast Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Strongbow Hard Ciders
Alysian Wines (new)
Baker Lane (new)
Bluxome Street Winery
Ca’ Momi (new)
Cannonball Wine Company
CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs
Georges Duboeuf (new)
Hobo Wine Co.
Idell Family Vineyard
Idlewild / Ryme / Leo Steen
Long Meadow Ranch
Menage a Trois
Niven Family (new)
Pellegrini Wine Company
Preston Farm and Winery
Prisoner Wine Company
Tank Garage Winery (new)
Thomas George Estates (new)
Tropical “Tiki” Wine Bar (new)
Turley Wine Cellars
Union Wine Co.