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Goat Fest Returns to the Ferry Building With Cheese, Milk, and Adorable Goats

Plus, a food hall is headed to Jack London Square


Don’t call it “Goatchella”

Because they used to, and apparently “chella” is copyrighted by a certain music festival (with way fewer goats). Goat Fest is the 10th such event from CUESA, the group behind the Ferry Plaza farmers market and much more. The fest, at the market on Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., features edible goat products like free goat milk samples from Meyenberg, a cooking demo featuring goat cheese with Kim Alter (Nightbird), and goat-inspired farmers market specials from the likes of the Farmer’s Wife, Aedan Fermented, and Three Babes Bakeshop. And of course, there will be goats, including adorable baby ones from Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery (though you’ll need tickets to pet them).

Jack London Square is getting a food hall (someday)

A 40,000-square-foot market hall is headed to Oakland’s Jack London Square, per its national developer/owner CIM Group. They’ve brought in John McEnery IV, a local developer behind Abbott Square Market in Santa Cruz, to add “novel food and beverage purveyors” to the site, according to a press release. No timeline for the project was announced. It’s the second food hall project idea floated for the site — another proposal was shelved when CIM group took over the property.

Zendesk and La Cocina bring food trucks to mid-Market

Outside 1028 Market Street, the former home of food hub the Hall, SF tech company Zendesk and the Office of Economic Workforce Development have teamed up to bring some food trucks around three time per week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). Trucks (all open to the public, not just Zendesk employees) include Mi Morena, a Mexican food truck from La Cocina alum Lupe Moreno, and a rotating second truck.

Velo Rouge is under new ownership

There’s a new owner at popular Inner Richmond cafe the Velo Rouge (798 Arguello Boulevard), but fortunately for fans, incoming proprietor Hakwoon Kim plans to keep everything just as it’s been. Former owners Amy Jo Brown and Ciaran and Siobhan McFeeney bade farewell to customers last month “after 11 years, oceans of coffee, and mountains of burritos.”

Female founders in food and beverage

A group of female founders in food and beverage are getting together to talk shop tonight, in San Francisco, with proceeds from the event supporting Girls Inc, a nonprofit mentorship program for young women. Panelists include Helen Russell, cofounder and CEO of Equator Coffees, Robyn Sue Fisher, founder and CEO of Smitten Ice Cream, Linda Esposito, Municipal Marketplace director for La Cocina, Lenore Estrada, co-founder and CEO of Three Babes Bakery, and Naomi Starkman, founder and editor-in-chief of Civil Eats. And no, they aren’t going to talk about work-life balance, or how to be a leader and a woman (“because we’ve seen that talk,” they write). It’s at 222 Second Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.