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Outside Lands returns to Golden Gate Park for three days of music, food, and drink, although this year it got pushed back to Halloween weekend, October 29 through 31. But as usual, there’s still a lengthy and star-studded list of local restaurants on the docket. Because if performances from the likes of Lizzo, Tame Impala, and the Strokes aren’t enough to get you lucky ticket holders pumped up (three-day GA and VIP tickets have already sold out), then perhaps the promise of bites from Michelin-starred chef Brandon Jew’s Mamahuhu and Oui Oui! Macaron’s Basque cheesecakes will do the trick:
In addition to the more than 85 local food options, there’s also Wine Lands to look forward to. Forty wineries, including Napa Valley’s first Vietnamese-owned winery, RD Winery; the Duckhorn Portfolio, known for its Napa Valley merlots; and Tozai & Komé Collective Saké will be pouring. The festival is also expanding the Wine Lands footprint with two dedicated outdoor courtyards — one exclusively for canned wines and the other home to a variety of bubbles. Then head to Beer Land to find some 30 breweries including 21st Amendment, Altamont, and Strainge Beast offering their best:
- The Millennium tower, home to the San Francisco location of Ayesha Curry’s International Smoke restaurant, is still sinking despite engineers’ best attempts to prevent the 58-story and notoriously leaning building from doing exactly that. NBC Bay Area was first to report that work on the “$100 million fix” had stopped and SF Business Times clarified Wednesday that “the 419-unit steel tower has sunk an inch and is leaning five more inches since the retrofit began earlier this year.” [NBC Bay Area/SF Biz Times]
- Following the death of Bay Area rapper Gregory “Shock G” Jacobs in April, Oakland-area breweries Hella Coastal and Federation have released a new beer in his honor, Berkeleyside reports. Called “Shock G Forever,” it’s a “golden ale with hints of cherry in a limited-edition can.” Buy cans online or head to Federation Brewery to try it on tap. [Berkeleyside]
- Dutch Bros, the drive-thru coffee chain known for its loud music, long lines, and free stickers, is eyeing the East Bay city of Concord for a new 24-hour location, the Mercury News reports. Because who doesn’t want a whipped cream–topped White Coffee Cookie or a zhuzhed up energy drink dubbed the Double Rainbro at 4 a.m.? [Mercury News]
- And finally: Flavortown mayor and prize pig enthusiast Guy Fieri dropped in at the Dixie Fire’s base camp to cook meals for firefighters battling the blaze, spotted ABC7. [ABC7]
#SJFD's been providing #MutualAid across CA since June. It's a challenging & rewarding experience for our members. Big thanks to @GuyFieri for providing meals to crews at the #DixieFire base camp today. Also pictured is TF-2278 heading to rotate crews assigned to the #CaldorFire. pic.twitter.com/uN4u7fT98c— San José Fire Dept. (@SJFD) August 25, 2021