Craving jalapeños with your Red Hot Chili Peppers?
Rockers and roadies won't be the only folks rolling into Golden Gate Park next week for San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival. They'll be joined by scores of chefs, winemakers and brewers, whose performances revolve around gourmet lands of their own: Wine Lands, Beer Lands and Taste of the Bay Area.
These days, you can't throw a respectable rock concert without some serious sips and gourmet noshes, thanks in large part to this particular 6-year-old music festival with a distinct gourmet profile. The goal, organizers say, is to complement all that music with a well-rounded taste of the Bay Area, from its craft-brewing scene to its hottest, buzziest eateries.
So the only question more pressing than what to hear during the three-day music extravaganza -- which features Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more than 80 other bands, Aug. 9 to 11 -- will be what to eat between sets.
Bay Area tastes
Outside Lands has always done a stellar job of mixing high-end restaurant fare with street food at more than 70 food carts, trucks and stalls. This year, Rich Table, that San Francisco cult darling, will be bringing its creative cuisine -- sardine chips and porcini doughnuts -- to the table for the first time, alongside fellow newcomers il Cane Rosso (fried egg sandwiches), 1300 Fillmore (barbecue shrimp and creamy grits), Nopalito (spicy chips, popsicles), Wise Sons Deli (pastrami sandwiches, pastrami cheese fries) and Blue Bottle Coffee.
Last year's popular "Outside Lambs" is back with chef John Fink from The Whole Beast and pop-up versions of One Market, Cochon Volant and Gerard's Paella. And some of our favorite booths from last year also will be back, including Oakland's Homeroom with its highly addictive, garlicky Gilroy Mac and Cheese, as well as Straw (carnival-inspired cuisine), Del Popolo (the giant wood-fired Neapolitan pizza truck) and 4505 Meats (sensational burgers).
If you're a wine lover, head for the burgundy and gold-trimmed Wine Lands tent in Hellman Hollow Field, where sommelier Peter Eastlake -- named a 2013 sommelier of the year by Food & Wine magazine -- has invited more than three dozen wineries to join the festivities. The Summer of Riesling offerings will be back -- fingers crossed that they bring their riesling tattoos, too -- along with Wines of Portugal, San Jose's J. Lohr Vineyards, Scribe and Scholium Project.
Among the newcomers: In Pursuit of Balance, a Rajat Parr venture; Broc Cellars from Berkeley; Momokawa Sake, an organic craft sake from Oregon's SakeOne; and Scharffenberger Cellars, which will be serving its biodynamic wines from a giant canoe. But the real Instagram photo op will be in the courtyard, where Long Meadow Ranch's kegged organic wines will be dispensed from the taps of a retrofitted kitchen sink.
Also in the courtyard: A new Cheese Lands with local cheeses and handmade crackers. Nibble, sip, chat with Bay Area cheesemakers and then swing by the Farmstead Tasting Table nearby for more tidbits, including Fatted Calf charcuterie.
Last year's Beer Lands debut was so popular, the craft brew venue is returning to Lindley Meadow with a beer list curated by Dave McLean, who owns San Francisco's Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery. He's bringing in 16 Northern California breweries, including Concord's Ale Industries, Oakland's Linden Street, and San Francisco's Social Kitchen & Brewery and Almanac Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will be pouring its Outside Lands Saison, brewed for the occasion, at the Beer Camp Van in Hellman Hollow Field.
To see a list of who's serving what, click here.