Outside Lands Goes on Sale Today. Behold These Tasty Food and Music Pairings

Categories: Food Fests, Palmer

Tamara Palmer
Pica Pica Maize Kitchen's cachapas: Goes great with Colombian rock.
​While we're both a music and food writer by trade, we were sent to Outside Lands last year with a specific mission to eat, and it was refreshing to have so many truly good edible distractions that we barely cared which band played on which stage at what time. A definite first!

Outside Lands will repeat that feat this year on Aug. 14-15 by bringing back many of the same food and wine providers for "A Taste of the Bay Area," an ethnically diverse array of vendors who represent us and how we like to chow down. Tickets go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. and for some food for thought, we've taken the liberty of pairing a few of the available dishes with an artist or band from the lineup that you should try to hear while eating them:

Dish: Cachapas
Vendor: Pica Pica Maize Kitchen
Suggested musical accompaniment:
Soundbite: Venezuela and Colombia may be uneasy neighbors. But here, at least, the tasty sweet corn sandwiches of the former can harmonize with the conscious rock of the latter.

Doug Zimmerman
Namu's Korean tacos: Ready for reggae and hip-hop.
Dish: Korean tacos
Vendor: Namu
Suggested musical accompaniment: Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Soundbite: This nori-wrapped and bulgogi beef-stuffed taco is a synergistic hybrid of Korean and Mexican food, two heretofore unrelated cuisines, just as the successful New York rapper and Jamaican reggae artist have created a fresh yet natural mash-up of perspectives in their new album Distant Relatives. Plus, these are the artists on the bill who you're most likely to hear on a bumping DJ night at the actual Namu restaurant. And the tacos have rasta colors.

Dish: Split Pea Seduction
Vendor: Split Pea Seduction
Suggested musical accompaniment:
Al Green
Soundbite: Seduction . . . baby-making music . . . oh, never mind, it's just really good soup.

Dish: Duck and Venison Sausage Jambalaya
Vendor: Yats' New Orleans Original Poboys
Suggested musical accompaniment: Rebirth Brass Band
Soundbite: NOLA represent! The second line-meets-hip-hop swagger of this legendary New Orleans group simply must be paired with Yon Davis' authentic Cajun food.

Dish: French-style hot chocolate
Vendor: Charles Chocolates
Suggested musical accompaniment:
Soundbite: A smoldering French band with a languid sip of luxuriously rich molten chocolate = is it August yet?

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