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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

FFFF: Fall Food Fest Fun

Michael Bauer said it well: 2009 could just as well be known as the year of food festivals.

And it is only beginning.

Food festivals are definitely the latest trend in the culinary world. Why? Simply because they are a great way to get a restaurant's name out there and showcase its products at a much cheaper price than going in for an actual dinner. It goes hand-in-hand with the latest street food craze as well, as well as the American mentality of eating things quickly, cheaply, and on the go.

Last Saturday was the first of a few festivals in the Bay Area. The first ever San Francisco Street Food Fest was hosted by La Cocina on Folsom Street and featured food and drinks from more than twenty vendors! There was also a beer garden for those of drinking age, but the lines for alcohol were nothing compared to the lines for food. Being the first year, things were disorganised, with lines snaking in and around each other (and up to half an hour waits) and booths being short of food, but you can't expect too much from a first-timer. Luckily, the weather was beautiful and people were chatty, so waiting wasn't that bad.

I had purchased a $25 dollar passport beforehand so I didn't have to worry about cash. At first, I thought it wouldn't be enough, but I was stuffed by the end and ended up spending the last few dollars on brownies from Neo Cocoa to bring back to my roommates. (Bee tee dubs, if you ever live with me in the future, be prepared to always eat some sort of sweet thing or another; no excuses!)

Here is a little slideshow of the festival:

With my roommate: Foodies on a mission!

First stop: Slanted Door; very disappointing boba though - it was too sweet

Vegetarian steamed bun from Slanted Door

Bean and cheese pupusa from Estrellita's Sweets; served with slaw and spicy sauce

Indulging in my horchata obession

Heirloom tomatoe tomaquet; delicious!

Major disappointment of the day; how can you sell out of creme brulee?!

Our picture for SF Weekly magazine!

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