5 San Francisco Food Events to Not Miss!
This post written by guest blogger—Courtney Luxon
When I moved to San Francisco a couple months ago, I was most excited about diving head first into the food scene. The city by the bay is home to many award-winning chefs, restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world and stellar farmers markets. Food is celebrated in San Francisco; it’s definitely a foodie’s dream city! While there are many food events to fill your calendar, here are five you just cannot miss!
1. SF Chefs
SF Chefs is the ultimate food, wine and spirits festival. With events happening all over the city, it’s easy to enjoy this event. The featured event is the Grand Tasting Tent at the famous Union Square. More than 200 chefs, restaurants, breweries and wineries feature their delicious creations. While admission is on the pricy end (tickets range from $108-$135), you can bet that you won’t leave hungry!
2. SF Street Food Festival
La Cocina just wrapped its fourth annual San Francisco Street Food Festival. Here more than 80 food trucks come together to celebrate the nation’s recent obsession with local food served on four wheels. Admission is free, so you can enjoy walking around and taking in all the aromas from the trucks ranging from spicy curry to grilled lamb to sweet Nutella crème brulee. Bring some money though (cash only!) because you’ll for sure be tempted to try a truck or two!
3. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
You can’t visit San Francisco (or live in, for that matter!) without visiting the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Luckily, it’s held year-round on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, so you’ll definitely be able to fit it into your schedule. The beautiful bay provides a scenic backdrop to this fruitful market, which 25,000 people visit each week. The diversity and quality make this farmers market one of the top ones in the nation. While you’re there, be sure to sneak inside the Ferry Building to try some free samples from the artisan food companies and purchase items to complement all those fresh veggies you received in your Full Circle produce box!
4. TCHO Chocolate Factory Tour
To reward yourself for all those fresh vegetables and produce you enjoyed at the farmers market, take a tour of the TCHO Chocolate Factory. Located just a few blocks from the Ferry Building, TCHO lets guests tour their magnificent factory. You’ll learn the entire chocolate-making process and then end with a guided tasting. Tours happen twice a day (excluding holidays), and you do need to make a reservation in advance…but it’s free!
5. Gilroy Garlic Festival
So technically this last event isn’t in San Francisco, but it is in the Bay Area! The Gilroy Garlic Festival just held its 34th annual festival this past July. Thousands of visitors head to Gilroy each year to try the infamous garlic ice cream and indulge in other goodies like grilled corn served with garlic butter. Proceeds are donated to local charities, so rest assured that the inevitable bad breath will definitely be worth it!
What Bay Area events have you gone to or are planning on going to this year? Let me know in the comments below!
Courtney Luxon is the author of the blog, The Granola Chronicles: A Simple Approach to California Living. She was born and raised in Nebraska but currently resides in San Francisco with her husband. Courtney takes a simplistic approach to food and recipes while promoting a balanced lifestyle. She begins each day with coffee and ends it with wine.