By Luis Chong | SFWeekly.com
Mark your calendar for La Cocina‘s Third Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, scheduled for Sat., Aug. 20,11 a.m.-7 p.m. La Cocina is using language like “bigger, bolder, and better than ever,” and “7 times the space, 6 times the food” ― claims that reference the original one-block Street Food Fest in 2009, not last year’s event, which stretched across five blocks in the Mission. (Given that “7 times the space” calculation, that would make this year festival 35 blocks large.)
This time, La Cocina plans to secure seven blocks ― last year’s Folsom street stretch, expanding two blocks north up to 22nd Street. Last year’s 25th Street segment between Shotwell and Treat and Garfield Square remain the same.
The 2011 festival also features the Second Annual National Street Food Conference, with panel discussions of street-food culture, business, its future, and public policy. Other details are still in development, so for now ignore the festival website’s “for more info click here,” because it’s not working yet.
Admission is free, but advance, prepaid, value-saving passports (in $25, $50, $75, $100, and $150 denominations) are available online, including a new exclusive (limited to 100) Cart Blanche $100 weekend passport, which provides a $25 passport, ticket to Saturday’s afterparty, and access to conference sessions on Sunday and Monday, including Sunday’s brunch.