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San Francisco Bay Area Food Festivals and Events - May, 2013

Melanie Wong Apr 30, 2013 07:15 PM

5/3 - Fun Food Friday Food Truck Festival, Windsor
Free admission
http://windsorchamber.com/event/2013-05-03/food-truck-festival

5/4 - San Francisco Bay Chili Cook Off, Uptown Oakland
Cost: $15 advance ($20 at the door) includes tasting all chilis and sweets and a Linden Street beer. Kids 12 and under are free but they don't get a beer.
There are People's Choice categories for chili and dessert, and I'll be judging too. Just got the list of pro competitors to date:
Raise the Root Cooking Collective (http://raisetheroot.webs.com/)
Sunnyside Catering & Biscuits (facebook.com/pages/SunnySide-Catering-Biscuits)
The Soup Fairy (https://www.facebook.com/soupfairydelivery)
Evil Jerk Cart (http://www.eviljerkcart.com/)
Barbarian Gourmet Catering (https://www.facebook.com/BarbarianGourmet)
Bump City Bakery (http://bumpcitybakery.com/)
Chunky Pig (www..paveconsultingsf.com/chunky-pig)
A.D.D. Chocolates
Benefit for AASK - Adopt A Special Kid
http://www.sfbaychilicookoff.com/Home_Page.html
Use the discount code "BURN" to reduce the advance ticket price to $12 and no service fee.

5/11 & 5/18 - Schoolyard to Market student-raised produce and plant starts sales, Ferry Bldg, San Francisco (across from Roli Roti
)http://cuesa.org/events/2013/schoolyard-market-life-learning-academy

5/18 - Taste Alexander Valley
http://tastealexandervalley.org/

 
  1. Melanie Wong May 1, 2013 09:55 PM

    5/4 Kasone Festival (Buddha's Birthday) and Burmese Food Fair, Graton
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dL4-Uyezxd0/UWNuhYzDTdI/AAAAAAAAGCc/AAJHqXn5eKY/s1600/STW+Buddha+Day+Festival.jpg

    5/4 Opening Day at Healdsburg farmers market
    http://www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org/

    5/4 Family Day at Toluma Farms, Tomales
    https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e728fpy21f415627&oseq=&c=&ch=

    5/5 Hecho en San Francisco, Ferry Building
    http://cuesa.org/events/2013/hecho-en-san-francisco

    5/15 Spring Cocktails at the Farmers Market, Ferry Building
    http://cuesa.org/events/2013/birthday-party-spring-cocktails-farmers-market

    5/19 Buddha Day Festival, Half Moon Bay
    http://www.tbsa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=133&Itemid=1
    My 2005 report
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/36495

    5/26 Burmese New Year Thingyan Festival, Union City
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/?w31ac8...

    1. Melanie Wong May 24, 2013 05:49 PM

      A brief word about the 5/4 - San Francisco Bay Chili Cook Off - hope the organizers put it on again next year! This was a first time event, well, the first time the public was invited taste and compete in this friendly competition for charity. Overall quality was quite good. Some of the most interesting entries were the ones that devoted attention to the texture, seasoning, and smoking of the meat component. None were strictly meat-based served without beans though a few entries had so few beans I had to dig deep to find them. In truth, I and some other judges were a little let down that none of the teams opted for no-beans. Spice levels were lower than we expected also. Everything was tasted blind --- some photos uploaded below.

      I appreciated the chance to chat with chowhound chileheads who sought me out in the judging area. Always fun to compare notes with posters and lurkers alike, please stay in touch.
      http://sfbaychilicookoff.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/and-you-shall-be-judged/

      And the announcement of the winners:
      “We had an ethereal mix of sugar & spice Saturday as 27 teams put their flavor on the line at the SF Bay Chili Cook-off. Check out the tastiest as voted by our judges and by you, the discerning public:
      Grand Champion Chili, People’s Choice: Team #15, Raise the Root
      Runner-up Grand Champion Chili, People’s Choice: Team #13, Wine with Swine
      My Sweet Tooth Savior, People’s Choice: Team #14, Maple Creme Caramel with Pig Candy, Bad S BBQ
      Runner-up My Sweet Tooth Savior, People’s Choice: Team #20, Chipotle Chocolate Pudding, Bump City Bakery
      Chili Most Likely to Have Consequences, People’s Choice: Team #7, Naga Con Carne
      Best Texas Style Chili, Judges’ Choice: Team #13, Wine with Swine
      Most Creative Chili, Judges’ Choice: Team #7, Naga Con Carne
      Sweet Tooth Savior, Judges’ Choice: Team #14, Maple Creme Caramel with Pig Candy, Bad S BBQ
      Thanks to everyone who participated! It was a perfect day. See you next year!”
      http://sfbaychilicookoff.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/heat-and-sweet-2013-sf-bay-chili-cook-off-champions/

      Turns out that I am familiar with two of the winning teams from the BBQ competition circuit. Wine with Swine and Bad S BBQ are both great competitors and excellent cooks all-round. Grand Champion, Raise the Root, has some cool culinary classes ahead, and I’ll be keeping an eye on its website for further developments.
      http://raisetheroot.webs.com/

      5/25 – Blues, Brews & BBQs, People’s Choice tasting, Streets of Brentwood
      http://www.eastcountymarketplace.net/listings/11348122/Brentwood-PAL-presents-Blues-Brews-BBQ-s-at-the-Streets-of-Brentwood-CA-94513

      5/25 – March Against Monsanto, Union Square, San Francisco
      http://occupysf.org/archives/818

      5/25 – Mushrooms from a Bag, Sebastopol
      http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/374195

      5/26 – Tour de Marin
      http://www.marinbike.org/Events/TourDeMarin/Index.shtml

      5/28 – Designing Urban Agriculture, San Francisco
      http://www.spur.org/events/calendar/designing-urban-agriculture

      5/30 – Berkeley Dine Out
      http://berkeleydineout.com/

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      1. Melanie Wong May 24, 2013 05:50 PM

        A brief word about the 5/4 - San Francisco Bay Chili Cook Off - hope the organizers put it on again next year! This was a first time event, well, the first time the public was invited taste and compete in this friendly competition for charity. Overall quality was quite good. Some of the most interesting entries were the ones that devoted attention to the texture, seasoning, and smoking of the meat component. None were strictly meat-based served without beans though a few entries had so few beans I had to dig deep to find them. In truth, I and some other judges were a little let down that none of the teams opted for no-beans. Spice levels were lower than we expected also. Everything was tasted blind --- some photos uploaded below.

        I appreciated the chance to chat with chowhound chileheads who sought me out in the judging area. Always fun to compare notes with posters and lurkers alike, please stay in touch.
        http://sfbaychilicookoff.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/and-you-shall-be-judged/

        And the announcement of the winners:
        “We had an ethereal mix of sugar & spice Saturday as 27 teams put their flavor on the line at the SF Bay Chili Cook-off. Check out the tastiest as voted by our judges and by you, the discerning public:
        Grand Champion Chili, People’s Choice: Team #15, Raise the Root
        Runner-up Grand Champion Chili, People’s Choice: Team #13, Wine with Swine
        My Sweet Tooth Savior, People’s Choice: Team #14, Maple Creme Caramel with Pig Candy, Bad S BBQ
        Runner-up My Sweet Tooth Savior, People’s Choice: Team #20, Chipotle Chocolate Pudding, Bump City Bakery
        Chili Most Likely to Have Consequences, People’s Choice: Team #7, Naga Con Carne
        Best Texas Style Chili, Judges’ Choice: Team #13, Wine with Swine
        Most Creative Chili, Judges’ Choice: Team #7, Naga Con Carne
        Sweet Tooth Savior, Judges’ Choice: Team #14, Maple Creme Caramel with Pig Candy, Bad S BBQ
        Thanks to everyone who participated! It was a perfect day. See you next year!”
        http://sfbaychilicookoff.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/heat-and-sweet-2013-sf-bay-chili-cook-off-champions/

        Turns out that I am familiar with two of the winning teams from the BBQ competition circuit. Wine with Swine and Bad S BBQ are both great competitors and excellent cooks all-round. Grand Champion, Raise the Root, has some cool culinary classes ahead, and I’ll be keeping an eye on its website for further developments.
        http://raisetheroot.webs.com/

        5/25 – Blues, Brews & BBQs, People’s Choice tasting, Streets of Brentwood
        http://www.eastcountymarketplace.net/listings/11348122/Brentwood-PAL-presents-Blues-Brews-BBQ-s-at-the-Streets-of-Brentwood-CA-94513

        5/25 – March Against Monsanto, Union Square, San Francisco
        http://occupysf.org/archives/818

        5/25 – Mushrooms from a Bag, Sebastopol
        http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/374195

        5/26 – Tour de Marin
        http://www.marinbike.org/Events/TourDeMarin/Index.shtml

        5/28 – Designing Urban Agriculture, San Francisco
        http://www.spur.org/events/calendar/designing-urban-agriculture

        5/30 – Berkeley Dine Out
        http://berkeleydineout.com/

         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
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