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Outside Lands 2016 Introduces a Forest Feast for Intrepid Festivalgoers

A new, secluded dinner from the Trestle team has been added to the festival

Tom Tomkinson

Outside Lands is known for its band lineup, surreal surroundings, and epic location in Golden Gate Park— but, it’s the quality and creativity of the food that helps set it apart from other festivals around the country. This year is no exception, with the addition of a new culinary experience, called "Forest Feast."

It’s a four-course dinner from Trestle, the low-key prix-fixe menu restaurant from the Hi Neighbor Restaurant Group (Stones Throw, Corridor, Fat Angel). The aforementioned surreal surroundings (specifically redwood trees shrouded in fog) will be the setting for the dinner; though the location is still a secret, we hear it will be overlooking the Polo Fields and is secluded from the hubbub of the festival.

It all begins with Champagne and magic tricks from a real-life magician, Jon Armstrong, and ends with a live brass band. Guests will feast on four courses from Trestle chef Jason Halverson, choosing from two options for each; some options include garganelli bolognese, and braised short rib, both of which are perfect for a foggy summer supper. Wind Gap, Preston Farm and Winery, and Fount wines will be poured, chose by Wine Lands curator Peter Eastlake. (That’s right, SF’s biggest music festival has a wine curator, because that’s how we roll here.)

The new experience joins OSL’s other food experiences, which includes Outside Clams, the GastroMagic stage, A Taste of the Bay Area, Wine Lands, Beer Lands, Choco Lands, and Cheese Lands. (That’s a lot of lands.) Check out the full lineup of vendors (which includes the likes of Rich Table and Wise Sons Jewish Deli).

The festival runs August 5-7; two seatings per day are available, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The whole deal is $175, which includes drinks, dinner, and entertainment.  Tickets to the dinner are separate from tickets to the sold-out festival, and diners must already have passes to attend.