For music, food and general San Francisco enthusiasts like myself, it really doesn’t get much better than the Outside Lands Festival. With great musical performances, an entire giant tent dedicated to wine and seeminlgy endless food offerings, my visit to SF’s annual music, food, wine and art festival is long overdue. After disecting the “Taste of the Bay Area” lineup for this weekend… I’ve carefully chosen my top 5 must-try festival foods.
1. Arepas – Pica Pica Maize Kitchen
Indigienous to mainlyVenezuela and Columbia – Arepas are a moist and tasty corn dough treat that are typically stuffed with melted cheese and meat. They are easy to eat and walk around with and keep you full for awhile, a perfect festival food!
2. Hawaiian Poke and Baja Shrimp Ceviche – Pacific Catch
Typical poke consists of cubed raw yellowfin tuna that is mixed with soy sauce, sesame oil, seaweed and chili pepper. It is full of dynamic flavors that serve to enhance the natural taste of the fresh tuna. Pacific Catch has a famous restaurant in the Marina District of San Francisco that I’ve been wanting to try – so as long as all this fresh raw fish is kept firmly on ice, I will most definitely be trying the poke and ceviche at this festival food stand.
3. Uhhmazing chicken, beef and carnitas tacos and burritos – Gordo Taqueria
When I lived in the Bay Area during college, Gordo’s was THE spot to hit up for some real Mexican food that reminded me of my hometown, San Diego. Gordo’s is a huge must for me!
4. Po’boys (Shrimp, BBQ Pork, Southern Fried Chicken) – Criolla Kitchen
Even though these may get a little messy and difficult to eat while walking around a festival, good po’boys are crispy and always packed full of flavor. The perfect po’boy must be eaten right away and it’s all about the freshness of the bread roll.
5. Filet Mignon Sliders, Portobello Mushroom Sliders, BBQ drumsticks – Up & Under
I have a strange obsession with sliders and pretty much anything that’s cute and mini-sized (i.e. mini Tabasco bottles). Sliders with filet mignon and portobellos + BBQ drumsticks…who can resist? I’ll take 2 of each please.
This weekend at Outside Lands, I will eat my heart out and dance my ass off. I’ll be sure to report back with photos…