This Sunday September 26th, the annual Picnic in the Street hosted by the Rockridge Market Hall merchants promises to be a culinary hootenanny for the entire family. Between 12pm and 6pm, Picnic goers can expect delish foods, comparative tastings, demos, wine tastings, and the ever-popular Cookbook Exchange (benefiting the Rockridge Public Library), plus cupcake decorating and pumpkin painting for the kiddos.
Menu highlights include Oliveto’s spit-roasted porchetta sandwiches; Hapuku Fish Shop shrimp Louis sandwiches, lobster bisque, and fresh halibut ceviche; Marin Sun Farms grilled bistro steak sandwich with salsa verde, and Marin Sun Farms hot dogs and chili dogs; Market Hall Produce portobello sandwiches, grilled corn on the cob, and gazpacho; Peaberry’s gelato in bowls and cones, and iced tea; The Pasta Shop adobo pulled pork sandwiches with picante cabbage slaw with salsa; the Cheese Counter’s cheese plate and fresh pasta; wines from France, Spain, and Italy at Paul Marcus Wines; and pudding pops at Market Hall Bakery. Bloomies will present personalized swag making. Across the street, Market Hall neighbor Cactus Taqueria offers taquitos, tamales, guacamole, and aguas frescas. And finally, it is Oktoberfest at Ben & Nick’s.
Ongoing comparative tastings will provide the opportunity to taste a variety of ingredients from food artisans, such as Blue Chair Jams and California extra virgin olive oils. There will also be a Berry Bar ($2 tastings of seasonal berries), a mix and match Olive Bar, and the Charcuterie Cone, with a tasting of cured meats.
Phew, if that’s not enough, Picnic in the Street is actually a street fair within a street fair, coinciding with the Rockridge Out & About street festival, whose chef stage from 12pm to 5pm will feature demos and tastings from the food experts of Market Hall along with the district’s top chefs and bartenders.
Sunday Sep 26, 2010
Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Ave. at Shafter, Oakland