You got your fat pants ready? Okay, good, because Eat Drink SF is coming up, and you’re going to have some serious eating and drinking to enjoy. Very serious! Like four Grand Tasting sessions and the Taco Knockdown, which kicks it all off on Thursday August 24th, when a dozen restaurants will compete with their interpretation of the iconic dish! Plus: margaritas in the Milagro Margarita Mix-Off! I’ll be emceeing the Taco Knockdown, hope to see you there at The Pearl!
Throughout the weekend, there are Grand Tasting sessions at Fort Mason on Friday night, Saturday day and night, and Sunday afternoon. The Grand Tastings showcase the Bay Area’s top talent, spanning chefs, bartenders, restaurateurs, purveyors, farmers, wineries, distillers, brewers, makers, and more.
And those parties are a blast! Each Grand Tasting features more than 30 top Bay Area restaurants that rotate at every session. It’s a great way to check out some new restaurants, like Uma Casa, China Live, Media Noche, Alba Ray’s, City Counter, and Robin. And this year’s bar program will be the biggest yet, with more than 70 bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries on hand to pour tastes and batch cocktails.
There are also Main Stage demos, classes, and celebrity chefs, including tacos and tequila by Tequila Don Julio, a history of the martini and tastings with Sipsmith London Dry Gin, cheese and charcuterie pairings with The Cheese Twins (winners of the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race), and more. This year’s closing ceremony will include a performance by the GLIDE Ensemble and a special visit from the Golden State Warriors.
Grand Tasting tickets include all food and drink. Get your tickets for the Grand Tastings ($119 GA, $209 for VIP) and Taco Knockdown ($79).
VIP tickets are available for the Grand Tasting Sessions and give guests early access (45 minutes before general admission) and entry to a private lounge (and restrooms) with exclusive food and beverage options from select partners. Yeah, fancy!
Get your social media on with hashtags #EDSF and #TacoKnockdown—you can follow @eatdrinksf on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.
Kudos to the GGRA for partnering with Recology and the San Francisco Conservation Corps, with a goal of achieving a zero-waste event. All paper products will be recycled, all disposable silverware and glassware is made of corn resin and will be composted, and there will be water stations for guests to fill up throughout the event. SF, you rock.
Taco Knockdown: The Pearl, 601 19th St. Grand Tasting Sessions: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.
Photo courtesy of Eat Drink SF.
Thursday Aug 24, 2017 – Sunday Aug 27, 2017 Website, details