This Saturday, August 18th, we’re continuing the tradition of joining the biggest street food party San Francisco/California/the United States has ever seen: La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival. The annual event is a fundraiser for La Cocina, a non-profit incubator kitchen that works to provide low-income and immigrant entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and grow successful food businesses. It’s also a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit and amazing food of La Cocina’s vendors, informal vendors across the city, food trucks and carts from some of the best restaurants around.
Each year, the San Francisco Street Food Festival seems to grow by leaps and bounds; this year four more blocks have been added to the venue, and special out-of-town guests will be there to bring a taste of their regional flair. If eating the authentic street foods of Malaysia, Mexico, Tokyo without leaving the comforts of home sound good to you, then the SF Street Food Festival is the place to be on August 18th!
So what are we bringing to the party? We’ll be slinging cups of salted caramel ice cream along with watermelon popsicles–come by and say hi, we’ll be set up on Folsom between 23rd and 24th. We’ll also be signing copies of our cookbook, Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, at the Omnivore Books table on the corner of Folsom & 22nd (so you can make the salted caramel you’re tasting at the festival at home!)
Marcia Gagliardi (aka The Tablehopper) may have said it best: “I want to do a shout-out to Caleb Zigas and his amazing team (and volunteers!) at La Cocina who all work so hard at this, and each year keep making this festival bigger, better, and even more bodacious. We’re being exposed to so many unique things through this event, we are so damn lucky. All while helping so many women-owned businesses get the exposure and support they need.”
WHEN: Saturday, August 18th, 11 am to 7 pm
WHERE: 10 blocks! Folsom St. from 20th to 26th, 21st and 25th from Treat St. to Shotwell St., as well as the Cesar Chavez Elementary School parking lot, Parque de los Ninos Unidos and Jose Coronada Playground, all in the Mission District, San Francisco
ADMISSION: Entrance is free. Bring cash for food or get a passport to save time and money — buy your souvenir passport today
La Cocina’s also upping the ante with other fun activities this weekend that you don’t want to miss:
* NIGHT MARKET: Because two days is not enough–eat and dance the night away at the first-ever Night Market, intended to take us to the nighttime street food scenes of Bangkok, Singapore, and Malaysia.
* “EAT YOUR CART OUT” BRUNCH: Join Top Master contestant Chef Suvir Saran and three time Cochon 555 winner Matt Jennings for a mimosa-soaked brunch at SOMArts. You will also have the chance to get acquainted with La Cocina’s newest program participants, Mariko, Olive and Guadalupe.
* FOOD & ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE: August 19th- 20th at SOMArts, La Cocina will welcome current and future food entrepreneurs and policy enthusiasts for a day of workshops and conversations such as “How to Write about Your Own Food” with New York Times columnist John T. Edge and Helen Rosner, online editor of Saveur Magazine.