Eat Drink SF Brings Culinary Greatness To Fort Mason This Weekend

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Eat Drink SF 2017
Eat Drink SF 2017

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The 10th annual Eat Drink SF, a three-day long culinary bacchanal, is going down this weekend at Fort Mason. From Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26, the Bay Area’s best chefs, bartenders, and winemakers will be serving bites, shaking cocktails, and pouring sips at the foodie celebration. Hosted by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), Eat Drink SF is a food festival unlike any other.

Gwyneth Borden sabers a sandwich at last year's festival
Gwyneth Borden sabers a sandwich at last year’s festival

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“We’re lucky because our talent is all local,” Gwyneth Borden, the GGRA’s executive director, recently told Haute Living. “Many festivals, in other places, fly in chefs from other cities, big-name celebrity chefs to headline the festivals. But we have amazing chefs here.” Eat Drink SF is a festival that honors the local community, from sustainable farmers to artisanal makers to Michelin-starred chefs. Another thing that makes Eat Drink SF unique? The robust cocktail program. It mimics the incredible cocktail scene that flourishes in the Bay Area today.

Cocktails are a huge part of Eat Drink SF.
Cocktails are a huge part of Eat Drink SF.

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The festival consists of four distinct grand tastings: Friday evening (7:15 to 10 p.m.), Saturday afternoon (12:45 to 3:30 p.m.), Saturday evening (7:45 to 10:30 p.m.), and Sunday afternoon (12:45 to 3:30 p.m.). No tastings are alike as each one features over 30 different restaurants. At one, festival-goers may enjoy caviar puffs from Comstock Saloon, and at another, they may delight in Sorrel’s yellowfin tuna crudo. Sunday’s tasting is brunch themed, and participants include One Market, the Saratoga, and China Live.

Chef Ryan Scott's demo at Eat Drink SF 2018
Chef Ryan Scott’s demo at Eat Drink SF 2018

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Each tasting offers a VIP selection of bites, from more sought-after dining establishments such as International Smoke, Perbacco, and 25 Lusk. There are chef demos during the tastings, too. Mourad Lahlou, Dominique Crenn, Roland Passot, and Tony Gemignani are some of the chefs set to appear on the festival stage.

Bites ready for eating
Bites ready for eating

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According to Borden, there is plenty of excitement to look forward to. “The Ice Museum is doing something fun and creative,” she says. “We will have the Warriors championship trophies on Saturday night. We’ll have the Warriors drum line. We’ll have the Glide choir.” The GGRA partnered with Wine Spectator magazine to curate the wineries involved. Sinegal Estates, Charles Krug, and Far Niente are some of the wineries who will be pouring at Eat Drink SF.

A bird's eye view of last year's event
A bird’s eye view of last year’s event

Photo Credit: Marc Fiorito Gamma Nine Photography

Although Borden notes that it’s an interesting time in the San Francisco restaurant industry—“the costs are at an all-time high for restaurants”—she believes the community will come together for one spectacular weekend. “Food is the one common unifying experience that people seem to love.”

Tickets for Eat Drink SF are now on sale.

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