Deliciousness Overload at La Cocina's Street Food Festival


On August 18th La Cocina is bringing back it's yearly San Francisco Street Food Festival with an incredibly delicious line up featuring local food makers with cuisines from all over the world.

The weekend starts on Friday, August 17th from 6pm to 9pm with a Night Market at Alemany Farmer's Market (100 Alemany Blvd, Bernal Heights). A variety of 25 chefs including some of Asterisk San Francisco favorites like Locanda, La Ciccia, Onigilly, Nopalito, El Huarache Loco, Ken Ken Ramen, as well as La Cocina chefs Veronica Salazar from the D.F. and Constanza Ortiz from Colombia and guests from Baja, BBQ from South Carolina, bold flavors from India, and more will be presenting their best foods. For those of you who have never been to any of the previous Street Food Festivals, we had a taste of some of the vendor's foods for you and believe us, you can get your tongue ready to dance from all the delicious flavors from Malaysia, Tijuana, Japan, to the South, and more! Unlike the admission free main event, his event has a $25 cover to raise funds, but you get a gift bag with goodies with your ticket and plates are under $10.

Then on Saturday from 11am to 7pm the Mission District will be bustling with delicious flavors and smells on Folsom Street between 20th and 26th Streets, and 21st to 25th Streets between Shotwell and Treat Streets. It's open to the public with no admission fee and all the food items are priced below $8 and half of them below $3.

La Cocina, a food centered business incubator that mainly works with low-income women and immigrant entrepreneurs, is facilitating this event and they expect more than 80,000 people to attend this year.

“The San Francisco Street Food Festival is a showcase for talented chefs who don't always get the recognition they deserve and to challenge some of those who do bring it as hard as they can." -Caleb Zigas, Executive Director of La Cocina

The festival features food from restaurants, food trucks, carts, home cooks, award winning chefs, visiting vendors from around the world, and over 33 participants in La Cocina's own programs. Expect plenty of drinks from beer to cocktails crafted with Espolon, Flor de Caña, and Wild Turkey, catered by Rye on the Road, as well as Jello Shots by La Cocina.

Street Food Festival Passports

To round up the event, La Cocina is organizing a two day Food & Entrepreneurship Conference August 19th and 20th. Foodies, Entrepreneurs, policy makers, non-profit organizers and volunteers, city representatives, and media will all be gathering to discuss issues and possibilities around food, community, and entrepreneurship.

You can buy a food passport for the Street Food Festival online in advance ranging from $25-$150. That will save you money and make things easier on the day of the actual event.

Follow this link for your food passport:

Save the date: The 4th San Francisco Street Food Festival on August 18th, 2012

Folsom Street between 20th and 26th Streets (including side streets between Shotwell and Treat from 21st to 25th Streets) in the Mission District.

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