A guest blog by Chelsea Johnson in Fleishman-Hillard’s San Francisco office.
The largest celebration of street food in San Francisco is happening this weekend with the SF Street Food Festival, sponsored by La Cocina.
This Saturday, August 18, food carts, trucks and stations will line Folsom Street in the Mission District offering a full culinary kaleidoscope.
This year I had the pleasure of attending a media dinner hosted by La Cocina, giving me the chance to meet some of the vendors (master chefs in my humble opinion) and taste the dishes before the actual festival.
Here are my top three picks for the weekend that you simply must sample:
1. Jacked-up Hush Puppies by Zella’s Soulful Kitchen
These hush puppies are like none you’ve ever tasted before. Pepper jack cheese, onions and jalapenos comprise this corn fritter topped with a remoulade drizzle.
2. Onigilly Bites by Onigilly
Not commonly found in the U.S., Onigilly is a traditional Japanese snack. Rice balls are filled with various toppings then encased in a seaweed wrap. I recommend the spicy tuna or the eggplant.
3. Malaysian Chilaquiles by Azalina’s
Always a hit at San Francisco festivals, Azalina has done it again with her Malysian Chilaquiles. Scallion flatbread and chicken rending are topped with Azalina’s delicious coconut jam. Also check out her famous Penang Curry Bomb!
This is just a taste of what will be at San Francisco’s largest street food festival. For a full line up of vendors and for information about location and tickets, visit SFstreetfoodfest.com.
About La Cocina
La Cocina is San Francisco’s first incubator kitchen, designed to reduce the obstacles that often prevent talented entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses. By providing shared resources and an array of industry-specific services, incubators like La Cocina ensure that small businesses can succeed. The San Francisco Street Food festival helps La Cocina raise the money needed to help participants working to launch their own food businesses.
For more information about the organization and other upcoming events visit lacocinasf.org.