August 23, 2009

A Saturday of Food Fests

So, I normally do like to keep this blog positive. If I go somewhere I do not enjoy, I do not write about it. But, there is always a reason to change. Yesterday we attended two food-centric events – Cork-n-Pork at Treasure Island Wines and the San Francisco Street Food Festival hosted by La Cocina in the Mission.

First we went to Cork-n-Pork at Treasure Island Wines, then to the Mission for the SF Street Food Fest. TI Wines is a small collective of several winemakers in an old warehouse on the former Navy base. Yesterday's event included wine tastings and BBQ. I am a vegetarian and much to my surprise I enjoyed this event more than later! While my husband enjoyed the wine and meat, I enjoyed the wine, some cheese, and the nice weather on Treasure Island.

After a bit of time at the first event we drove to the Mission. We began driving around looking for parking and quickly we realized there were tons of people attending the festival. The streets were overcrowded and we decided to park our car at our house one neighborhood over and take the bus back.

So, about 30 minutes later we found ourselves finally at the SF Street Food Festival. It was insane. They had closed off the block of Folsom Street between 25th and 26th Streets. The area was ridiculously crowded. The vendors lined one side of the street and lines for food stretched across the street, up onto the sidewalk and then turned ninety degrees and continued a ways down the sidewalk. People were waiting in line for an hour to buy one small bite of food. The festival was scheduled from 11:00am to 7:00pm and vendors were already running out of food items at 4:00pm. Some had nothing left to serve. We walked through the throngs for a while and finally decided it was too crowded to enjoy and we left feeling disheartened and let down.

I had been really looking forward to the SF Street Food Festival! The idea was great; but, sadly the event itself was disappointing. The organizers needed to have a larger location, as well as a better plan to deal with the crowds and long food lines.


Bethany said...

Wow, that's too bad. It sounds like it got too big for it's own good. Needed more planning!! More food, better line organization, more people to handle the customers. So much potential!! Maybe it will be better organized next year? I bet the vendors were disappointed too.

Francis Bell said...

What a BEAUTIFUL site-such a treat when you can't go yourself-wonderful photos!!! Thank you so much! Francis