By now you've likely heard about the San Francisco Street Food Festival and the onslaught of over 40 small-scale culinary entrepreneurs, food vendors and well-known local chefs poised to descend on the five block swath of Mission starting at Folsom and 24th. Admission is free; you pay for what you eat and drink and it's happening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday. But there are a few things you many not be aware of. For one, there's a fairly impressive online silent auction happening right now in conjunction with the festival to benefit La Cocina. You can win things like "chef for a day at Chez Panisse" (current bid: $1,775.00) or a sneak peak at Locanda, the new restaurant from Delfina owners Craig and Annie Stoll (current bid: $1,025.00). There are also some amazing deals to be had as of now, like a private dinner for eight with Taylor Boetticher of Fatted Calf (current bid: $309.89) and the mobile Rye bar for ten people (current bid: $180.50). We suggest you take a moment to peruse the full list of over 30 offerings when you have a moment.
Another highlight should be an appearance by competitive eater and five time Nathan's hot dog eating contest champion, Joey Chestnut, who will face off against groups of five regular humans to see who can eat more carnitas tacos in five minutes. Chestnut anticipates eating anywhere from 35 to 50 tacos, "depending how big they make them." He's fasting today and tomorrow so that he's ready to go at 2 p.m. on Saturday when the competition begins. Might be worth taking note of that approach.
Other San Francisco Street Food Festival Coverage:
· Next Month's SF Street Food Festival Is Going to Be Bigger Than Last Year's. Did We Say Bigger? [SFoodie]
· Street food festivals in high gear [Chron]
· The August Food Fest Circuit in S.F.: A Survival Guide [GrubStreet]
· Street Food: Festival and Conference! [7x7]
· The SF Street Food Festival Is Finally This Weekend [Tablehopper]