The eighth year of culinary festival Eat Drink SF is set to return, bringing a summer weekend full of eating, drinking, and education from some of the city's top talent. The event is back at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, with much of last year’s expanded programming, including the grand tastings and taco knockdown.
This year there are four possible grand tastings to attend (up from last year's three), and chefs involved already include big names like David Lawrence (1300 on Fillmore, Black Bark), Tim Archuleta (Ichi Sushi), Thomas McNaughton (Central Kitchen, Flour + Water), and more — there are 160 restaurants and 70 bars participating in the grand tastings. The Sunday tasting will focus specifically on restaurants and bars that have been open for at least 25 years, which will shine a worthy spotlight on sometimes-overlooked places like Scoma’s, Sutro’s at the Cliff House, and Goat Hill Pizza.
The Taco Knockdown also returns with winners Trick Dog (judge's pick) and Dosa (people's choice) defending their title against new to-be-announced talent. This year’s weekend is August 25 to 28, with early bird tickets starting at $75 now on sale. As always, the proceeds from the events will support CUESA and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation.