Ask me the music lineup at this weekend’s Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and you’ll get a mostly blank stare. Uh, I think Arcade Fire is playing?
But ask me which food vendors will be filling my belly the next 48 hours and I’ve got both a laundry list of menu items and a map to which vendors I’m most excited about.
Following a trend of bringing great local food trucks, chefs and eateries to large music and entertainment festivals, Outside Lands hosts a lineup of 52 vendors including The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, Brass Knuckle, Full Belly Farms, Memphis Minnies, Namu, Nombe, Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, Sabores Del Sur, Senor Sisig, Tacolicious, Three Twins Ice Cream, 4505 Meats and Woodhouse Fish Co.
If the names don’t mean a lot to you, consider the dishes: Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Shrimp Po’Boys, seasonal melon; Korean tacos; fried rice balls, Hawaiian Poke, lumpier, schwarma snow cones(?), cupcakes; gourmet funnel cakes; fried plantain, filet mignon sliders, chicharrones, salumi and bacon-studded hot dogs.
There’s also a 2011 Wine Lands area featuring many SoCo and Napa wineries including Ridge, Gloria Ferrer, Hess Collection, Navarro (Mendocino), Peay, Hrsh, Lioco, Wind Gap, Long Meadow Ranch, Medlock Ames, Natural Process Alliance and Claypool — some of my absolute fave winemakers.
It’s an embarrassment of food and drink riches to be mined repeatedly. Num num. And I’m sure the music will be a delightful backdrop to my ongoing mantra of eat, drink, repeat.
Outside Lands, August 12-14, 2011 in Golden Gate Park.