Street Food Festival Is S.F.'s Biggest Culinary Event

Categories: Street Eats

El Huarache Loco workers make breakfast
San Francisco Street Food Festival
Where: Mission District (map is here)
When: Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free admission; food as it costs

San Francisco is so full of food fests that we can't even begin to count them. But Saturday's third annual San Francisco Street Food Festival is the most important.

It's a credit to the hard-working folks at La Cocina that in only two years, they have turned what sounded like a collection of food carts into the one day no food lover in the city should miss.

What makes this fest so vital are three things:

1. It's easy.

It's free. You don't have to buy anything ahead of time. The festival runs for eight hours, so you can go and leave anytime. All that limits you is your appetite.

2. It's cheap.

Spend as much or as little as you like. You can have a single piroshki or go with five friends and sample a dozen vendors.

3. The food is good and at the cutting edge.

Street food is this decade's food movement. La Cocina does a great job at this festival of combining cart vendors like Roli Roti, pop-ups like Wise Sons, and brick-and-mortar restaurants like Slanted Door. This event naturally leads to later collaborations between carts and white coats like Tacolicious' recent guest-chef series.

We can and will say more about this event later this week. But this morning we want to urge you to make your weekend plans by putting it to you very simply:

This is the one food event of the year you simply can't miss.

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If only American legitimately had any street food.

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