It was another banner year for feasting, drinking, and general frolicking in the adult-sized playground that is the Outside Lands music festival. While many other festivals offer premium eating and drinking experiences, it is this editor’s opinion that San Francisco’s version is far superior to any other in the country. (Sorry, everyone else.)
So, here’s the breakdown of the weekend that was, complete with chef sightings, best bites, and other observations.
The GastroMagic Stage
The hub for all chef activities, this stage held mashups of musical talent, and other performers, with chefs. Highlights included:
- Big Freedia twerking while Brenda Buenviaje (Brenda’s French Soul) handed out beignets to the crowd.
- Sharks throwing Guittard candy bars into the crowd while Jauz DJ’ed and Jane Danger mixed cocktails.
- Stuart Brioza (State Bird) and LA chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal), cooking while Big Boi performed some of his biggest hits.
- Top Chef contestant Melissa King breaking down a whole salmon to the sound of Ra Ra Riot
- Jillionaire from Major Lazer telling the crowd to get dancing while chef Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb) skinned and roasted an albacore tuna.
Some of the crowd’s favorites
The Waffle Fries with Crazy Toppings from The Up and Under Pub and Grill
Pastrami Fries from Wise Sons
Belcampo’s Fast Burger
Itani Ramen’s Sloppy Stickers
Three Babes Bakeshop’s Chicken Pot Pie
Little Skillet Fried Chicken and Mac and Cheese (requested by Major Lazer!)
Bini’s Kitchen Momo dumplings
Because this is San Francisco, after all
Also new this year was the “Forest Feast” from Trestle. Diners wandered along a path through the trees along the Polo Field, finally reaching an entire restaurant built for the weekend.
A full kitchen, dining area complete with blankets for foggy evenings, and a chandelier hanging from the trees were all part of the magic (not to mention four courses of restaurant-quality food and wine).
It was a cool way to take a break from the writhing masses of millennials wearing weather-inappropriate crop tops and fringe; depending on the lineup, it was also a great place to watch the Land’s End stage from afar. (It turns out that Third Eye Blind is best enjoyed with a glass of Syrah and plate full of short ribs.)
Drinking to excess
So, what was your favorite snack or drink from the weekend? See any bands consuming the best SF has to offer? Let us know in the comments!