Slow Food and Hip Hop: The Odd Couple?

The organizers of Slow Food Nation ’08, a giant celebration of the pleasures of artisanal food slated for Labor Day weekend in San Francisco, have chosen a headliner for Slow Food Rocks, the two-day outdoor music festival component of the event: Gnarls Barkley. Does that make them crazy?

Doubtful. Although the ticket prices ($59 for general admission) may reignite last year’s war of words between Slow Food and some Ferry Plaza Farmers Market vendors over charges of elitism, the beautiful setting (Fort Mason’s verdant Great Meadow) and Slow Food–approved food vendors should make for a delicious day.

Other musicians slated for the lineup include The New Pornographers, Ozomatli, and the only food-named group so far G. Love & Special Sauce. Tickets go on sale June 10.

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