You're aware Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival allows the rare coexistence of things like Maverick's pulled pork, Wind Gap's syrah and Cat Power's angst, now here are some extra lesser-known tid bits to take you into the weekend:
Outside Lands producer Rick Farman is also the co-founder of a little company called Superfly Productions, which has been running the Superfly during Jazzfest Concert Series at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for 14 years now. Inspired by the culinary prestige the Heritage Festival has gained, Farman has a similar vision for Outside Lands: "Especially in the wine category." He says. "We have the potential to create something different from anything in the country. A true high quality wine and music event."
Vintage Berkeley wine shop owner Peter Eastlake is the Wine Director of Outside Lands' Wine Lands, where you'll find 25 California wineries and winemakers this year, vending a total of 75 wines. Eastlake is particularly excited about the rhone blend Donkey and Goat has custom created for kegs to be tapped at Outside Lands and the special magnums of abraxus Robert Sinskey will be offering. " But then there's nothing like bubbles from Iron Horse with oysters," he adds.
Charles Phan of Out the Door and Slanted Door will participate in A Taste of the Bay Area for the first time this year. Given the size of the project he's planning to serve rotisserie-cooked pork shoulder atop bowls of vermicelli noodles. There will also be a vegetarian version with turnips and mock fish sauce made from pineapple juice. Phan remarks that it often takes longer to take money than to plate a dish at these events. He's hoping to keep each bowl's prep time under one minute.
Dennis Lee of Namu will be returning to the festival for the third year and is looking forward to all the industry interaction he gets at the event. They'll be selling Korean tacos only, but they'll also have pickles on hand for concert goers to take home for free if they choose. Lee remarks, "It's cool to see local restaurants that don't normally do street food at the event."