Outside Lands Summer Pairings Series Kicks Off July 22nd

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The outdoor stage at Long Meadow Ranch. Photo courtesy Outside Lands.

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Chicken and waffles at Outside Lands 2010. Photo via Yelp by Yee-Shing Y.

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The stage and crowds at Outside Lands 2011. Photo from Facebook.

Outside Lands returns to San Francisco this August 10th-12th, with the same exciting musical lineup and delicious festival food we’ve grown to expect from this event. If you just can’t wait, or just can’t make it this year, never fear! Outside Lands will be doing a few smaller events as part of its Summer Pairings Series around the Bay Area to whet your appetite for the grand shindig later in the summer.

The first will be in the Alexander Valley at Medlock Ames tasting room and bar, on Sunday July 22nd. There will be snacks from Le Truc and music by the Easy Leaves. Tickets are $30 and include food and wine. The event will be 5:30pm-8:30pm, at Medlock Ames, 3487 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg. Tickets can be purchased here.

Then, over in Berkeley, there will be a food and wine block party at the Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop on Sunday July 29th, with wines from Kermit Lynch and Paul Grieco’s Summer of Riesling. ~THE AMERICAN GRILLED CHEESE KITCHEN~ will be serving sandwiches and soup to go along with the wines. The event will be from 4pm-7pm and tickets are $30. 2113 Vine St. at Walnut, Berkeley, 510-665-8600.

Last but not least will be a concert on Sunday August 5th, when Sean Hayes will head up to the Napa Valley to play at the Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead. The concert will be at 3pm, with doors at 1:30pm, and tickets are $30 until July 25th, $40 after. A wine tasting is included in admission. 738 Main St. at Charter Oak, St. Helena, 707-963-4555.

And while we’re on the topic of Outside Lands, let’s a take a look-see at the food lineup this year, shall we? Not only will there be more than 40 restaurants represented at the festival, but there will also be Wine Lands, a gussied-up tent that will house a variety of wines for all you music-loving lushes. More than 30 wineries will be represented, including Copain, Orin Swift Cellars, and Robert Sinskey. The focus will be on Northern California pours, but there will be more international options too. And in the food department we can look forward to a ton of good local chow, including 4505 Meats with its classic cheeseburger, chicharrones, and sausages; Azalina’s Malaysian nachos; a variety of Mexican street food from El Huarache Loco; and the fried plantain and black bean burrito from The Little Chihuahua. In short, it should be a pretty delicious way to enjoy some outdoor live music. The festival proper begins August 10th and runs until the 12th. Tickets begin at $225 for a three-day pass. For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, head over to the Outside Lands website.