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February 26th, 2019

Nosh on San Francisco’s Annual Food Festivals

Food & Drink

San Francisco’s inherent creativity has greatly impacted its culinary scene. Food festivals dedicated to celebrating local innovation include unlikely brews, food truck snackfood fusions, organic chocolatiers, and more.

Here’s a look at the best annual food festivals in San Francisco.

Spring

San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way
sfchocolatesalon.com
Chocolate is a SF pastime, with local confectioners like TCHO and Dandelion Chocolates continuously evolving the flavor of the humble cacao seed. The SF Chocolate Salon is all about artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate – beyond what’s available in Ghirardelli Square.

Cider Fest Summit
Civil War Parade Ground, Main Post, The Presidio
cidersummitnw.com
The region’s largest cider event features ciders from around the world made by artisanal producers. Experience the apple’s tart and sweet qualities with apple spirits, food pairings and pilot batches.

San Francisco International Beer Festival
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
sfbeerfest.com
The SF International Beer Festival has been around long before the craft brew craze hit the states, and its offerings have only been enhanced by its broader appeal. Sip on unlimited beer and food samplings from some of the world’s finest brewmasters.

Summer

Soy & Tofu Festival
Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., at Geary Boulevard
soyandtofufest.org
A Japantown and vegetarian favorite. Event coordinators invite you to discover the “joy of soy” at this annual festival that includes a cooking competition, entertainment, and even a tofu eating contest.

Outside Lands
Golden Gate Park
sfoutsidelands.com
Outside Lands is known for booking the freshest faces in music and killer foodfare. Arrive with an empty stomach to try food from James Beard award-winning chefs paired with regional wines or craft brews. Our friends at Seven Stills are usually set up in the beer tent, so make sure to try their latest invention.

Eat Drink SF
Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason
eatdrink-sf.com
This annual food fest is one of the most anticipated and most exclusive in the Bay Area. For cutting-edge culinary ingeniousness and daring pairings from leading local chefs, this is the food festival you’ve been waiting for.

Fall

SF Street Food Festival
The Power Station, Potrero Point
sfstreetfoodfest.com
San Francisco’s love for food trucks accumulates every year into the SF Street Food Festival, held in October. The outdoor fest celebrates community, culture and entrepreneurial spirit, featuring food businesses owned by people of color, women, and immigrants.

Oktoberfest by the Bay
Pier 48, Mission Bay
oktoberfestbythebay.com
Mark the end of summer and onset of fall with Bavarian music and beer from Munich at San Francisco’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. Expect live bands, dancing, and food during this weekend party.

Winter

SF Restaurant Week
Participating restaurants
sfrestaurantweek.com
SF Restaurant week is a fiscally wise way to navigate the SF food scene, with participating restaurants offering prix fixe menu items for a week during January. Try dynamic plates for lunch or dinner, made by leading Bay Area chefs.

Black Cuisine Festival
San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point, 1753 Carroll Avenue at Third Street
bhpmss.org
For foodies and families, the Black Cuisine Festival has been celebrating soul food since 1979. Nosh on bbq, fried fish and Big Mama’s Soul Food. There are also full-flavored options for vegetarians.

 

SF Beer Week
Pier 35 and select locations
sfbeerweek.org
Cheers to SF Beer culture and heritage at this annual event that gets bigger every year. Local brewers work to outdo each other in an ever-evolving craft beer scene during this 10-day event.
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Named SF’s Hottest Cocktail Bars in 2018 by Eater SF, our revamped restaurant & bar at Stanford Court Hotel is the optimal spot to kick back with specialty cocktails, spirits, and craft ales from our friends at Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery. Book with us and enjoy special offers at Seven Stills Nob Hill.

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