Upcoming Food Events, from Taste of the Nation to Outstanding in the Field


The long table at an Outstanding in the Field event. Photo courtesy OITF.

Here’s a quick-fire round of some fantastic food events for your consideration!

This Thursday March 22nd, No Kid Hungry presents the 11th annual Taste of the Nation event at Pier 35, with top chefs and restaurants like Octavia and Frances, Lord Stanley, China Live, Rooh, and State Bird Provisions. Details and more here.

Presidio Picnic has returned on Sundays (11am-4pm) for its sixth season (through October 21st). There are more than 25 international mobile food creators courtesy of Off the Grid (like El Pipila, Señor Sisig, Del Popolo), music, lawn games, yoga, bike safety classes, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids. Plus, there’s a full bar presented by Rye on the Road, featuring wine, beer, spirits, and craft cocktails. There’s a free water refilling station, so please bring your own bottle. One new addition: there’s now a free cultural dance performance on the fourth Sunday of each month (on April 29th, SF Awakko-Ren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history).

Do you have your tickets for Pebble Beach Food & Wine? The premier epicurean event returns April 5th-8th, when 120 renowned chefs and 250 distinguished winemakers from across the globe descend on Pebble Beach, with interactive cooking demonstrations, rare wine tastings, epic culinary collaborations, dinners, outdoor grilling and taco events, and the Lexus Grand Tasting tent in the country. Look for some live musical offerings this year too.

Tickets are on sale today for Outstanding in the Field’s 2018 tour! In May and June, OITF has farm-to-table dining events planned in the San Francisco Bay Area, returning to California for fall events in October and November. May 6th has guest chef Ravi Kapur (Liholiho Yacht Club) at Jacobs Farm at Martial Cottle Park, San Jose, while May 20th has guest chef Gonzalo Guzman of Nopalito at Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales, and Nicolette Manescalchi of A16 will be somewhere on June 16th. Check it all out and get your tickets!