The San Francisco Street Food Festival returns!
One of our favorite summer events, the San Francisco Street Food Festival, nearly fell victim to its own success.
For the past six years, the daylong party took over half a dozen blocks of the Mission District, and the crowds, though remarkably well-behaved, were a headache for the neighbors. The future of the festival was, many feared, in doubt, until the organizer, food incubator La Cocina, found a new home for the party at Pier 70, in the Dogpatch. Okay, the former shipyard isn’t exactly a street, but there’ll be plenty of room in the 60-acre complex for the 80-some vendors, including old favorites like Ryan Farr, who’ll be serving his famous cheeseburger, and newcomers like Nite Yun, whose Nyum Bai stall will dish out ku’tiew Phnom Penh (sliced pork loin over rice noodles, pickled cabbage, and Yun’s mom’s Khmer hot sauce). The best news? The festival is expanding from one day to two, which should also help reduce the crush. Free admission; Aug 15–16; sfstreetfoodfest.com.