Festival Updates: GastroMagic Returns to Outside Lands, Street Food Festival News, and Eat Drink SF

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A stage and the crowd at Outside Lands 2011. Photo via Facebook.

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Photo of the 2009 SF Street Food Festival via Facebook.

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Don’t miss the food and cocktails at Eat Drink SF. Photo by Marc Fiorito with Gamma Nine Photography via Facebook.

Yup, the GastroMagic stage returns to Outside Lands this weekend, with the return of the Beignets & Bounce Brunch with Big Freedia & Brenda’s Soul Food, karaoke with Morimoto, World Pizza Cup Champion Tony Gemignani spinning dough to DJ MoPo, and more. (Kudos to partner ChefsFeed for the pairing of Karl Denson and Guittard Chocolate Company for Sexual Chocolate.) There will be a variety of performances and acts each day, and some will even offer tastes from the show. Seats are complimentary and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 10 fans to arrive before that particular performance; details will be released via the Outside Lands mobile app.   

Nearby, you’ll find some adult beverage fun with Talk Like a Pirate Bar, Uh-Oh It’s Magic, Let’s Get Fizz-ical, and Mission Agave, featuring bartenders from Bon Vivants, 15 Romolo, The Boxing Room, and Nopa. And don’t get lost in BaconLand.

The San Francisco Street Food Festival (on August 15th) just announced a few updates for this year’s gathering, starting with a new and expanded beverage program. Mission Bowling Club, Cafe du Nord, Odd Job, Smokestack, Third Rail, Locanda, and Sweets Collection will making cocktails (tasters are $8, large drinks are $12). The Whole Foods Market Hops & Crafts Beer Garden will serve brews from Magnolia, Goose Island, Anchor Stream, Calicraft, 21st Amendment, Stone Brewery, and Fort Point. There are also some general bars that will offer well drinks, wine, and a selection of beers. And good news: you won’t be relegated to the beer/cocktail garden this year—guests can cruise and eat with their beverages.

The Whole Foods Market Live Cooking Stage will include demos from Anthony Strong of Locanda, pie secrets from Three Babes Bakeshop’s Lenore Estrada, and more. Don’t miss a visit to the Maker’s Market, highlighting winners of WFM’s regional Small Producer Grant program, offering packaged food and crafts from vendors.

Eat Drink SF is August 20th-23rd, and has announced their main stage lineup and consumer classes. On Friday August 21st, Elizabeth Falkner and The Slanted Door’s Charles Phan will be in the house during the Grand Tasting, while Saturday August 22nd’s afternoon Grand Tasting will have Ryan Scott and former Olympian Brian Boitano, Tony Gemignani, and Chris Marchino of Cotogna and Michael Tusk of Cotogna and Quince on stage, with Michael Chiarello of Coqueta, Wesley Shaw of Presidio Social Club, and Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt of Stella Artois during the evening Grand Tasting.

While you’re at the Grand Tastings, be sure to take a look at the San Francisco Wine School Beverage Classroom, with workshops including Bubbles, Bubbles, & More Bubbles; Que Syrah Syrah; Wines Around Sicily; and Cabernet Is King. The Grand Tastings will be at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

There will also be some consumer classes, from cocktails to beer pairing. On Saturday August 22nd, yours truly is going to be emceeing the Classic Cocktail A-Game: The Art, Stories, and Up the Sleeve Tricks with Leilani Vella for Sipsmith Gin. You’ll learn the fundamentals of constructing a cocktail, techniques that turn a good cocktail into a great cocktail, and more—I hope to see you there! Get 15 percent off the class with promo code SIPGIN. 2pm-3:15pm. Ticket prices start at $30 for the consumer classes. The consumer classes will be at the Firehouse at Fort Mason Center.