Good Food Awards and Marketplace: This Weekend!


Michael Pollan and Alice Waters at the Good Food Awards blind tasting; photo from Flickr.

Once again, the Good Food Awards are celebrating all that is good in food, recognizing not just the well-crafted and delicious, but also the sustainable and responsibly produced. You can join the ~GOOD FOOD AWARDS GALA RECEPTION~ at 8pm this Friday January 13th, or if you don’t have the hundred bucks to spare, join the crowd at the ~GOOD FOOD AWARDS MARKETPLACE~ on Saturday January 14th, 8am-2pm, for a chance to taste the award-winning products from all over the country. You definitely don’t wanna miss the Beer & Spirits Garden at the Marketplace, 11am-2pm.

At the Gala Reception Friday night in the Ferry Building, hob-nob alongside all the chefs, media, 99 award winners, and 130 judges—including Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl—and taste the winning foods, both in regional tasting plates and in bites crafted by the local chefs of Boxing Room, Foreign Cinema, Absinthe, Bar Agricole, Wise Sons, and more. Plus there’ll be an open bar with the 15 winning brews and the creations of the Bon Vivants, using the winning spirits of course. Tickets are $100; black tie optional, so keep it klassy, my peeps.

You can go more caz with your bedhead at the Good Food Awards Marketplace Saturday morning under the front arcades of the Ferry Building. Consider getting the $15 early-access tickets to get in at 8am and get first dibs on all the tasting; otherwise, $5 at the door at 9am. Taste and take home products by award-winners from other parts of the country, products you don’t normally see here, like Colorado cheese and Ohio pickles.

At 11am, head upstairs in the Ferry Building for the Beer & Spirits Garden to sample 15 of the winning beer and spirits poured by the brewers and distillers themselves—again, a chance to taste locally-made products from other parts. Taste spirits served alone and in mixed in signature cocktails. For a clue as to who’ll be featured, take a look at the GFA finalists here. Tickets are $12 and include five tastes and entry to the GFA Marketplace.

Don’t plan on rolling out of bed early enough Saturday morning? Look for the Good Foods Awards online market at Gilt Taste starting January 13th.

Event Info

Friday Jan 13, 2012 – Saturday Jan 14, 2012
San Francisco Ferry Building