Despite being born and raised in the Bay Area, this year was my first time at Outside Lands!
Outside Lands is an energetic music and arts festival held every summer at the beautiful grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Outside Lands is not only known for their amazing lineups of talented artists and performers, but of course also for their array of food and drinks ranging from boba to beer and wine, ramen, tacos, sandwiches and the list goes on! This year the festival is hosting more than 80 restaurants, 35 wineries, and 20 breweries that serve their best of the best to thousands of hungry and thirsty festival goers.
Chicken Teriyaki Bowl with Brown Rice from Glaze Teriyaki ($13): This is probably one of the healthier meals you can get from OSL. You get a bowl of brown rice topped with chicken breast glazed with sweet teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds. Although the meal was appetizing, it was certainly not one of the valuable meals you could get from the festival.
Sexy Fries from Curry Up Now ($13): I don’t know about you, but I have a weakness for fries! You can never go wrong with them! Dubbed as the Indian style poutine fries, the Sexy Fries consists of criss cut sweet potato waffle fries, cheese and your choice of Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Tikka Masala or Hella Vegan. This was a great snack for in between shows!
Fried Chicken Sandwich from Sorrel ($19): Can you go wrong with a fried chicken sandwich? I don’t think so! This fried chicken sandwich from Sorrel is served with chili mayo, jalapeno slaw and pickled fennel, along with crispy rosemary potatoes. One of the pricier meals, but also one of the more fulfilling ones from the festival!
Beef Kamikaze Fries from Koja Kitchen ($14): “Take me to the party! Kami-Kamikaze.” Name that song! I’ve had Koja Kitchen before and their Kamikaze Fries are great! Served with criss cut waffle fries, minced Korean BBQ beef, kimchi, Japanese mayo, red sauce and green onions, you get the best of the sweet and savory with a slight kick!
Fried Chicken and Waffles from Little Skillet ($15): Hello, fried chicken and waffles! I was a little skeptical about having fried chicken and waffles at OSL, but I was pleasantly surprised by how fluffy their Belgian-style waffles were and how crispy and tender the chicken was! It was one of my most memorable meals from the festival.
Taiwanese-Style Shaved Snow with Customizable Toppings ($7): Ice cream meets shaved ice! Powder serves Taiwanese-style shaved snow that is creamy, yet airy and delicate. It is served fresh with organic dairy and locally sourced ingredients. A great treat for during the day when you need to cool down.
Steamed Shrimp & Pork Siu Mai Dumplings from Dumpling Time & Live Sushi Bar ($9): Who ever thought you would be able to eat some siu mai dumplings during a music and arts festival? Dumpling Time is known for their freshly made dumplings with unique fillings! These open-faced pork and shrimp filled wonton wrappers were a great snack for on the go.
I tried my best to eat and drink through the festival, but there is certainly just not enough time or the stomach space. Based on my personal experiences, I made a short list of some of my favorite spots to grab food from OSL 2018:
In conclusion, I had an amazing time at OSL! It is such a lively festival with great performances, vibes and of course a ton of food to explore!
Bay Area based food lover, traveller, and Yelper with a mission to find meaningful and new experiences to share with family, friends, and the community!