The San Francisco Street For Festival is on Saturday, August 17, 2013!
We had such a wonderful time at last year’s “San Francisco Street Food Festival” and are really excited that it is already time to do it again! This is hands down one of the best food events of the year. La Cocina is the organization that puts it on. If you would like to read about this great organization and see some more pictures from last year event you can find it here. In addition to the Saturday festival, La Cocina held it first ‘Night Market’ in 2012, and we’re happy to see that it is back again this year on Friday, August 16th. If you are planning on going you can get all the information you need from the festival website here. This year there is a nifty free app that you can get here to make the most of the day. As a seasoned festival attendee, I am taking the liberty of jotting down a few tips for you if you are going for the first time, along with some pictures from last year.
Gather a small posse of friends to go with you. This way you can eat and try more things. You will be able to splinter off to gather food from as many vendors as you can line up for, then meet back in a pre-disclosed spot and share the deliciousness.
Wear Sunscreen! It is usually sunny in the mission.
Buy the passport in advance! It will save you time and money. Passport “dollars” can be used to buy food and drinks, and the best part is they can be shared. Remember you are supporting a good cause, so don’t be stingy. Otherwise, bring cash as the vendors don’t take cards.
Have a game plan. As you can see by the list of vendors and the menu below, it is impossible to try it all. Narrow the list down and hold out for the food that peaks your interest. Be sure to pace yourself. Remember…walk, eat, drink, walk, repeat.
Hydrate. This shouldn’t be hard here but remember to include a little H2O in the mix.
Don’t drive. It is a short walk from the 24th street BART station. However, the festival is six city blocks so plan on wearing comfortable shoes.
Arrive early. It gets increasingly crowded as the day wears on, so arriving early is not a bad idea.
Relax and enjoy the day. There are lines but for the most part they move fast. You never know who you are going to meet at the festival while waiting in line…it might turn out to be your new best friend. Everyone is there because they love good food and it’s always a fun crowd.
I hope I have talked you into attending this year’s San Francisco Street Food Festival. If you are still on the fence, take a minute to check out the list of vendors and their enticing offerings. I will be back to share some pics and hopefully have some stories to tell when I have recovered from my food coma. See you at the festival!
2013 Festival Menu
4505 Meats – Frankaroni, Best Damn Cheeseburger
A16 – Pirichittus, Porchetta Sandwich
Aedan Foods – 358 Pickled Vegetable Cup, Fermented Bento Box
Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas – 1 Tamale, 3 Tamales
Azalina’s – Sweet Potato Dumpling, Penang Peanut Taco
Basa Seafood – Marin Miyagi Oyster, Spicy Salmon Poke
Beijing Restaurant – 2 Beijing Skewers, Rou Jia Mo (Chinese Hamburger)
Bicycle Banh Mi – Banh Cam, Slow Cooked Pork Banh Mi
Bini’s Kitchen – Sikarni, Turkey or Vegetarian Momos
Blue Bottle Coffee – Saffron Snickerdoodle Cookie, New Orleans Style Iced Coffee
Boxing Room – Corn Maque Choux, Natchitoches Meat Pie
Brass Knuckles – Prawns and Roses, Fryin Maiden
Central Kitchen – Ferment Pickles, Pig & Bunny Banh Mi
Chaac Mool – Tacos, Polcanes
Cholo Soy – Papa a la Huancaina, Peruvian Ceviche
Clairesquares – Clairesquares 3-Pack Milk or Dark Chocolate, Bay Chai Iced Chai Tea
Crème Brulee Cart – Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, Kentucky Creme Brulee
Curry Up Now – Samosas, Tikka Masala Burrito
D’Maize – Pupusa, Chicken Skewer
Delicioso Creperie – Nutella & Berries Sauce, Dulce de Leche Crepe
Don Bugito – Three Twins Vanilla Ice Cream, Don Bugito Tacos
El Buen Comer – Tamal, Huarache
El Huarache Loco – Taco de Alambre, Huarache de Nopal
El Nuevo Frutilandia – Mini Pastel Puertorriquenos, Cubano Sandwich
El Pipila – Taco de Papa, 2 Sopes
El Tonayese – Tacos, Burritos, Tortas & Quesedillas
Eleganza Catering – Chicken Salad Sandwich, Eleganza’s Ceviche
Endless Summer Sweets – Kettle Corn, Funnel Cake
Estrellita’s Snacks – Tamal, Pupusa con Casamiento
Good Foods Catering – Southern Gourmet Jambalaya, Fried Smoked Chicken w/ Bacon BBQ Sauce
Hapa Ramen – Sweet Corn Pudding, Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich
Hapa SF – Lumpia Shanghai, Lechon Burrito
Heirloom Café – Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie, Pulled Pork Sandwich
Hella Vegan Eats – Lusty Lovers Taco, Doughnut Burger
Il Cane Rosso – Spicy Pickled Quail Egg, Tommyfield Market Fish & Chips
Jarred SF Brine – Fried Pickled Green Beans, Jarred’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Kasa Indian Eatery – Bhel Puri, Kati Roll
Kika’s Treats – Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana, Brazilian Cheese Bread Sliders
Kung Fu Tacos – Chicken or Veggie Taco, Chicken or Veggie Burrito
La Luna Cupcakes – Mini Cupcakes, Cake Pops
La Torta Gorda – Quezadilla, Tamla con mole
La Victoria Bakery Corp. – Tres Leches Goats Milk Blueberry Parfait, Goats/Milk Custard Cornet, Mexican Macaroon, Mexican Conchaca, Mini Conchas, Mini Macaroons, Linzer Jam Prickly Pear Cookie
Lers Ros – Larb Kai, Kai Yang
Let’s Be Frank – Hot Dog
LIBA Falafel – Sweet Potato Fries, Falafel Sandwich
Los Cilantros – Elotes, Ceviche
Maite Catering – Arepa de Choclo, Arepa Rellena
Marla Bakery – 3 Cookies, Strawberry, Almond and Lemon Verbena Parfait
Maya Luna/PODER – Fish Taco, Bistec Ranchero
MEDA – Churros Mexicanos, Tortas Mexicana
Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement – Sweet Cornbread Bites, Gumbo w/ Steamed Rice
Mozzeria – Burrata, Margherita Pizza
Namu Street Food – The “Real” Korean Taco, Okonomiyaki
Neo Cocoa – 2 Piece Popular Box, 5 Piece Tasters’ Box
Nojo – Nojo Fries, Esabeche of Karaage
Nombe Izakaya – Takoyaki, Ramen Burger
Nopalito – Esquites, Totopos con Chile y Picadillo
Onigilly – Onigilly Rice Balls, Onigilly Combo
Osha Thai – Thai Samosa/Veggie Crispy Roll, Pumpkin Curry
Pig & Pie – German Potato Salad, Bratwurst w/ Sauerkraut
Pinx – Maple Glazed Bacon, Bananas Foster Waffle
Radio Africa & Kitchen – Seven Vegetable Tagine, Grilled Flank Steak
Rice Paper Scissors – Grilled Baby Octopus, Beef/Mushroom Pho Rolls
Ritual Coffee Roasters – Black Jet Pastries
Sal de Vida Gourmet – Rice Mixes, Soups, Culinary Finishing Salt
Senor Sisig – Sisig Taco, Sisig w/ Steam Rice
State Bird Provisions – Spicy Summer Tomato Giardinier, Hand Pulled Garlic Bread w/ Burrata
Sweets Collection – Tequila Jelly Shots
Tacolicious – Calabasitas, Costillas
Taino’s – Black Bean & Banana Empanadas, 3 lechon Sliders
Three Twins Ice Cream – Ice Cream Cup, Ice Cream Sandwiches
Tio Chilos – Tostadita de Tinga, Grilled Quail
To Hyang LLC – Jolmyun, Spicy Pork Ribs
Wise Sons Deli – Chocolate Babka
Yvonne’s Southern Sweets – Pecan Praline, Southern Pies
Zella’s Soulful Kitchen – Jilled-Up Hush Puppies, Buffalo Blue Chicken Sandwich