Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival (August 7-9), the magical playground for lovers of music and food, has always taken its commitment to eating and drinking seriously. However it took things to the next level entirely when it launched the GastroMagic stage last year. Curated by ChefsFeed, the lineup featured some of the Bay Area's sassiest chef talent for live, on-stage collaborations with musicians, dancers, comedians and more. Now they're back for a second year, and the lineup is bigger, and features more high-profile talent than ever. Plus, many of the performances will offer a tasting component, offering the opportunity to snack on food from some of SF's best chefs (Fair warning: they might require some dance moves in exchange).
A few highlights from last year include:
- Chef Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu's, Bar Agricole) preparing duck nuggets to the beats of Duck Sauce, while performers wearing duck costumes handed them out to the crowd
- Big Freedia whipping the crowd into a frenzy, and demanding twerking in exchange for Brenda's Soul Food beignets
- Comedian Lewis Black leading a tasting of beer and barbecue from Southpaw Barbecue
Without further ado, here's the full line-up of events (complete with Outside Lands' intriguing descriptions):
FRIDAY AUGUST 7, 2015
1:20pm - 1:50pm
Magician Jon Armstrong
Jon Armstrong, GastroMagic's emcee for the weekend, kicks things off with a few tricks up his sleeve. He may have a few up yours as well.
2:45pm - 3:10pm
Trash Talk Cook Off with CUESA
Waste not, have more! Chefs vending at Outside Lands hit the stage to concoct an all-star dish made from a mix of food by-products from popular recipes and "ugly" vegetables.
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Unknown Donuts w/ Rich Table
San Francisco's Rich Table showcases their artisanal donuts, so out of the box they'll launch you into another dimension.
5:30pm - 6:00pm
Iron Chef Morimoto shares his expertise in the art of sushi rolling and rocks the stage with his hidden talent. It's only rock and roll, but he likes it.
7:15pm - 7:55pm
Breakdown Breakdance w/ Avedano Meats & Belcampo Meat Co.
B-boy troupe Beatz N Pieces bring the beats while Bay Area butchers bring the meat. Watching their process unfold will make your head spin.
SATURDAY AUGUST 8, 2015
1:50pm - 2:20pm
Truffle Shuffle w/ Mina Test Kitchen & DJ Vin Sol
Chef Adam Sobel from The Mina Group is joined by dance instructor Julia Hubara to reinterpret the infamous Truffle Shuffle. Fans must shuffle for a taste of his Truffle Ribeye Cheesesteak.
3:10pm - 3:40pm
Beignets & Bounce Brunch w/ Big Freedia & Brenda's Soul Food
Big Freedia is back to shake and bounce during the second annual bounce brunch. Brenda's Soul Food beignets for those willing to twerk.
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Evolution of Collaboration w/ Chris Cosentino
Last year, the topic was evolution of creativity and this year, Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb talks collaboration, food, cocktails and more.
6:00pm - 6:30pm
PopStars w/ Emilie Baltz and Dan Deacon
Dan Deacon provides the sweet sounds for this lickable popsicle orchestra imagined by experiential artist & storyteller, Emilie Baltz. Join them on stage to help bring this concept to life, one lick at a time.
7:40pm - 8:25pm
PB & MJ w/ Humphry Slocombe & Forever Land: A Michael Jackson Tribute
Awaken the smooth (peanut butter) criminal in you as you indulge in Humphry Slocombe's Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple ice cream and relive the MJ classics. PB&J has never tasted so good.
SUNDAY AUGUST 9, 2015
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Dough Throw w/ DJ MoPo & Tony G
It's a Dough Throwdown with MoPo spinning tracks and World Pizza Cup Champion Tony Gemignani spinning dough and pizza bites.
3:50pm - 4:20pm
Food Fight w/ Pete Holmes - Ne Timeas vs Big Night
Food Fight is not your average game show. Comedian Pete Holmes hosts an epic battle of the food world as Ne Timeas (Flour + Water, Central Kitchen, etc.) takes on Big Night (Marlowe, Cavalier, etc.). Only one survives!
5:20pm - 5:50pm
Sexual Chocolate w/ Karl Denson & Guittard Chocolate Company
The Sexual Chocolate band led by Karl Denson is going to take us back in time while Donald Wressell explores chocolate art. Look out for delicious Guittard chocolate bars!
6:50pm - 7:35pm
Mac Sabbath w/ Richie Nakano
Mac Sabbath brings their one of a kind "Drive Thru Metal" while Richie Nakano creates his "one time only" Nakano Nuggets. Join if you dare!
The stage is located at the McLaren Pass, right next to BaconLand and a series of cocktail "experiences," each with a different theme and featuring some of the area's best bartenders like the Bon Vivants. Though the Talk Like a Pirate bar sounds like an obvious choice for some entertaining boozery, the Let's Get Fizzi-cal bar offers its own appeal. So, get bacon-ed and boozed up, and prepare for whatever ridiculousness happens onstage. And for all other eating and drinking options, check out the full food lineup here.