Off the Grid, Urban Wine Experience, Street-Food Birthday: Your Weekend Planner
Can you believe it's almost August? Before summer advances into downed foliage and the sun starts setting before the end of happy hour, there's no better weekend to head out and enjoy yourself.
John Birdsall Friday: Happy Dumpling cheers up Fort Mason Center.
Fri., July 30:
• Feeling a little bit glum that July is ending? Fort Mason Center should be your Friday night dining destination, when Happy Dumplings will be in the house for the roaming mobile food extravaganza Off the Grid parks from 5 pm to 9 pm. There are many other street vendors in addition to Happy's to put a smile on your face, along with a side of music, craft, and soul (no, Aretha Franklin will not be performing -- unfortunately).
Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center, 5-9 p.m.
Sat., July 31:
• In addition to rodeos and XXX conventions, the Cow Palace is now home to one of the Bay Area's newest farmers' markets. Peaches, cherry tomatoes, and eggplant take over the lower lot at Gate D, Saturday mornings through October 16, along with mobile food vendors Chairman Bao, Hapa SF, and Tacos El Ranchito. The Cow Palace might have been built for livestock, but produce owns the parking lot.
Cow Palace Farmers' Market: Lower lot, Gate D, 2600 Geneva (at Carter), Daly City; Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Oakland's Jack London Pavilion hosts the Fifth Annual Urban Wine Experience, organized by the East Bay Vintner's Alliance. Nineteen Bay Area wineries, with food offerings to steady tasters who forget to spit (and everyone else). Not only will there be sushi from Yoshi's, but live jazz, to facilitate grooving as the tastings mount. Tickets are $45 in advance, $60 at the door, and $15 for the good-hearted D.D.'s forgoing wine. Purchase tickets at the East Bay Vinter's Alliance event site.
Fifth Annual Urban Wine Experience: Jack London Pavilion (formerly Barnes and Noble), 98 Broadway (at First St.), Oakland.
Sun., August 1:
• It's time to light the candle on those ube cupcakes, or figure how to get a candle to stand in a bowl of gumbo. Sunday marks the one-year anniversary for street-food vendors Adobo Hobo, the Gumbo Man, and Chai Cart. Join the celebration in Precita Park, along with Magic Curry Man, Chile Lindo, and Sweet Constructions, among others, plus the debut of Mr. Arroz Caldo, hawking his hearty Filipino rice porridge, and just possibly a TV crew from basic cable. This promises to be the biggest one-year old birthday party this side of ... well, what do one-year-olds even do on their birthdays?
One-Year Anniversary of Adobo Hobo, the Gumbo Man, and Chai Cart: Precita Park, 348 Precita, between Folsom and Alabama, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.