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off the grid, street food festival in Fort Mason

eating cactus huarache from El Huarache Loco, OFF the GRID Street Food Festival, Fort Mason, SF

eating cactus huarache from El Huarache Loco at OFF the GRID Street Food Festival, Fort Mason, SF

Mobile street food vendors have become something of a phenomenon here in San Francisco and beyond. From whoopie pies (gobs) to paella, from Korean tacos to Indian burritos, local entrepreneurs have focused their business on a specialty dish or two and have taken their food to the streets, via bikes, carts, backpacks or trucks. While most rely on social networking to broadcast the time and place one can find them (facebook, twitter and their own websites), the organization “Off the Grid” has emerged to not only bring a bunch of the vendors to a single location but also to provide a venue for live music and fun for a ‘foodie’ crowd (oh, and they sell booze).

It’s a weekly street food festival and it’s a blast!

The particular mix of vendors changes from event to event. As of this post you can find festivals weekly at the following times/locations. Check out the Off the Grid website for details.

Thursday Nights: Upper Haight
Stanyan and Waller Streets, San Francisco 4-8.30pm

Friday Lunch: Civic Center
In Front of City Hall, 11am-2.30pm

Friday Nights: Fort Mason Center, 5pm-9pm

banana fritters and lacy crepes with Malaysian mint chicken curry by Azalina Malaysian Lacy Crepes

banana fritters and lacy crepes with Malaysian vegetarian curry by Azalina Malaysian Lacy Crepes

paella by Venga Paella

paella by Venga Paella

eating Bhel Puri from Soul Cocina at Off the Grid, Fort Mason, SF

eating Bhel Puri and chicken curry from Soul Cocina at Off the Grid, Fort Mason, SF

huarache with cactus by El Huarache Loco

huarache with cactus by El Huarache Loco

Chairman Bao Bun Truck at Off the Grid Fort Mason

Chairman Bao Bun Truck at Off the Grid Fort Mason, the line was soooo long!

Chairman Bao Bun truck at Fort Mason, Off the Grid street food festival

Chairman Bao Bun truck at Fort Mason, Off the Grid street food festival

Chairman Bao Bun truck, my pick for the coolest design

Chairman Bao Bun truck, my pick for the coolest design

dinner music at Off the Grid

dinner music at Off the Grid

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9 responses

  1. They started one in Upper Haight now too on Thursday evenings. Sort of where Haight turns into GGP, in that little parking lot off Stanyun. Matti

    September 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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