Sample oysters or savor gourmet goodies from local food trucks at one of these nine food festivals in San Francisco. These top events offer a full day of food, fun, and a chance to try something new.
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Chocolate lovers will swoon over this annual event. First your eyes will feast on the variety of shiny, colorful, luxurious chocolate delights, then you'll be able to sample those pieces of art.
The salon brings together a variety of top chocolatiers and other culinary artists, and you are sure to discover new products you like. There's a little something for everyone: milk, dark, vegan, creamy, as well as people who want to sample spirits while admiring the chocolate structures large and small.
Location: San Francisco County Fair Building
Outside Lands is an annual three-day music festival, but with so much emphasis on providing gourmet food it has also become one of the hottest food festivals in town. The event features nearly 80 local vendors, including top SF restaurants and food trucks. They will be serving up a wide array of unique tasty treats, including donut cheeseburgers, Nepalese dumplings, lobster rolls, and more.
Location: Golden Gate Park near the Polo Field
Cheese lovers, get ready: this is your chance to taste incredible artisan cheeses alongside delicious bites from over 20 California cheesemakers. During the walk-around tasting, you'll also get to sip on local wines, ciders, and beers while listening to live music. This is a favorite event for foodies, as the second day usually includes seminars and mingling with the chefs.
The Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is a Japantown favorite. This annual event gives you the chance to sample the latest soy and tofu products and learn more about these healthy ingredients. There is also a tofu eating contest, a dessert competition, and live entertainment by well-known Asian American performers.
Location: Saint Mary's Cathedral in Japantown
Learn More: Visit the June calendar for more details
One of the largest food festivals in San Francisco is Eat Drink SF. It features samples of amazing culinary treats, unlimited pours of wine and spirits, a cheese monger cave, pro cooking demonstrations, and more. Most of the activities will be held at the Festival Pavilion in the Fort Mason Center.
Location: Fort Mason Center and other small venues in SF
The San Francisco Street Food Festival offers dozens of gourmet food options from local SF chefs, restaurants, and food trucks. It's free to enter and you pay as you sample. You can also buy passports, which include pre-paid tickets for samples. The event is held at Pier 70 in the Dogpatch District.
Location: Pier 70, 420 22nd Street
Enjoy a weekend of Greek food, drink, and entertainment at the annual A Taste of Greece event. Every September, the Annunciation Cathedral in the Mission district holds this event. It's a wonderful opportunity to sample homemade Greek pastries, Greek wine, and other delicious traditional dishes.
Location: Annunciation Cathedral in the Mission District
One of my favorite festivals each year is the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Held in September, this two-day event features a chocolate and wine tasting pavilion, a chocolate ice cream eating contest, seminars about chocolate making, and the chance to watch pro chefs create chocolate masterpieces. It's held on Beach Street, which is on the southern side of Ghirardelli Square.
Location: Ghirardelli Square in Fisherman's Wharf
Learn More: Find out more about this year's event
The Pacific Heights Wine & Food Festival (expanded from the Fillmore Wine & Food Festival) is a fundraiser for several local charities. This high-end experience includes wine and food tasting events in intimate settings such as Pacific Heights mansions, prestigious venues, and top-of-the-line restaurants. It's held over four days in September.
Location: Small venues around Pacific Heights
Date: August, September or October
North Beach Street Fair: Head over to the North Beach District to celebrate summer at this annual event. For two days, you can enjoy gourmet goodies, live music, and beautiful street art. You can also wander through the creations from several local and international artists. This street fair is in June.
Cherry Blossom Celebration: One of my favorite events every year is the celebration of spring and the cherry blossoms. Held in Japantown, it's a time to learn more about Japanese traditions by sampling food, listening to music, and enjoying other fun activities. This event is every April.
Stern Grove Concerts in the Park: Listen to live music every summer at the Stern Grove Concerts in the Park. From mid-June through mid-August, there are free live performances in Stern Grove Park every Sunday at 2pm. The event draws internationally recognized names as well as popular local performers.