La Cocina’s got a mission, or maybe two. One, is to provide low-income and immigrant entrepreneurs with the boost they need to start their food business. This means forking out affordable kitchen space and technical assistance where it’s needed most. Two, is to host the best damn street food festival San Francisco’s ever seen.
The 4th Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival is back this Saturday, and batter than ever. With 80+ vendors on the docket, you’ll
have no problem finding something you’re into. Half the vendors are a product of La Cocina’s love, while the other half reflect the city’s more plush dining hotspots. The festival is a “celebration of taste,” and aims to showcase the talent of La Cocina’s entrepreneurs in a setting that reflects their culinary superiority. Chaac Mool’s tacos, Azalina’s curry, and El Buen Comer’s Mexican comfort food are among the favorites of this crowd, but don’t miss big name favorites like Wise Sons, The Slanted Door, and Blue Bottle Coffee.
The event is totally free, though the folks at La Cocina wouldn’t mind a little donation here and there. Each vendor will be selling a “Big Bite Item” and a “Small Bite Item,” so you can pick and choose where your allegiances lie. Bring cash (no cards) or buy “Passports” online to make things easier. You can share these pre-paid meal vouchers between friends and family or buy your own based on your hunger intensity.
It’s all going down in The Mission District, where street food is second nature and community is what it’s all about. If you’re a hipster, a long-time local, a foodie, or just someone looking for something to do, you’ll find it here at the 4th Annual San Francisco Street Food Fest.
The Dirty Details
When – August 18th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where – The Mission District, on Folsom St. from 20th to 26th, 21st and 25th from Treat St. to Shotwell St., and at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School parking lot, Parque de los Nino Unidos and Jose Coronada Playground
How – Bart: 24th St. Bart Station / Muni: 12, 14, 14L, 27, 48, 67 / Bike / There will be no parking at the event
Bike – monitored bike parking on 22nd St. between Folsom St. and Treat St.
Cost – Free! Bring cash for the vendors or buy your Passports here.
by Sienna Mintz