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Aug 28, 2013 12:56 PM

Bay Area Food Festivals and Events - September 2013

9/2 Oakland - Homestead, 4029 Piedmont Ave., Labor Day barbecue buffet, 12 - 6 pm

9/6 through 4/20/14 San Jose - San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market St

This sounds interesting. According to the San Jose Mercury News, "[o]ver the next few months, the museum is going to explore the intersection of agriculture, food and art -- a tasty treat in an area once known for its farming and now as a hub of all things foodie. Part one of the program goes up Sept. 6..."

9/27 - 9/29 Oakland - Jack London Sq., Eat Real Festival

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  1. 8/7 Oakland - Eli’s Mile High Club/Couyon Cajun & Po'boys, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 6-11pm, $10 cover

    Eli's anniversary party with music from local bands and with limited food menu from its new in-house cajun kitchen:

    Couyon Cajun & Po'boys is open 12 p.m.-10:30 p.m. weekdays & 12 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

    Photo is of homemade fennel pancetta which, according to Couyon's Facebook page, will be available in a few weeks.

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    1. re: zippo

      correction: the date of the party is actually 9/7, not 8/7

    2. 9/5 - Smart snacks in schools, webinar

      9/5, 9/19 & 10/3 - Picnic 'til Sundown at Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen

      9/6 - LuckyRice Feast, San Francisco

      9/6 & 7 - 20th Annual Cloverdale Car & Motorcycle Show (pancake breakfast, tritip bbq)

      9/7 - Sonoma County Taiko Salmon BBQ Fundraiser, Sebastopol

      9/8 - Batch Made Market, San Francisco

      1. 9/7 & 8 - Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

        9/8 - Bayview Mercantile- la troisième partie, San Francisco

        9/12 - Inside the California Food Revolution, SF

        9/14 - 41st Annual Castro Valley/Eden Area Fall Festival

        9/21 - People's Grocery Fall Plant Sale, Oakland

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Melanie: "9/7 & 8 - Mountain View Art & Wine Festival "

          Is it customary to include this type of event here? I'm just asking.

          Because if you wanted to, it would be possible to check the sites of the organizing firms contracted to do these street fairs, and post a much longer list.

          They happen all over Peninsula downtowns in season -- same food stalls, same organizing firms; this Miramar Events firm for instance currently lists half a dozen others pending. These fairs are much more generic than the various ethnic or seasonal-produce theme events.

          1. re: eatzalot

            I couldn't say that anything is "customary" other than that events are related to food or drink (and tend not to be hosted by a single for-profit establishment) and that somebody starts a list each month. Curation effort is simply whether someone feels its worth the time to type an addition to the thread each month. I don't and I doubt that anyone else is necessarily recommending these events as some are new or one-offs that none of us have experienced before. If you wanted to recommend or dissuade based on attending an event before, that would be ok too, I'd think.

            More here,

            Edited to add: I see only two upcoming events on the Miramar site and they're not this month.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Sorry! Seven roughly similar events listed, but only two are still pending. Most of them will repeat in 2014, as they have for many years, and Miramar is just one such event firm, I've seen other very similar fairs that are annual too and not on that firm's calendar.

              At times when driving to some small downtowns on the peninsula on weekends, I have run into one of these fairs literally three trips in a row, in separate towns. Menlo Park, Burlingame, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, whatever. Same vendors, funnel cakes, Kettle Corn, tamales, Thai bbq, etc. Someone could do a central list (like a Ramen List ;-). It is because of dozens of such experiences over the years that I know how consistent and generic they are.

              They constitute a distinct type of food institution, like food trucks, but rather more predictable.

        2. East Bay events culled from the Mercury News/Contra Costa Times:

          9/7 Walnut Creek - canning and preserving tomatoes, Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, $25:

          9/7 Brentwood - Smith Family Farm's Tomato Festival, $10:

          9/7 Berkeley - Brewfest and Street Fair, Pyramid Breweries, free entrance, beer tasting $25/$30:


          9/7 - 9/8 Pittsburg - Seafood and Music Festival:


          9/10 Berkeley - tortilla-making workshop, South Berkeley Farmers Market, free:

          9/13 - 9/15 Concord, Greek Festival, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1955 Kirker Pass Road:

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          1. re: zippo

            9/15 Oakland - Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden St., Pig Roast Cook-Off, Chop Bar, Tribune Tavern, Lungomare and Brotzeit Lokal chefs roast whole pigs. $4-$20.


            See also #8 in Luke Tsai's East Bay Express column:

            9/17 Berkeley - Claremont Hotel Club and Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Angel's Envy Bourbon and Barbecue, bourbon-based cocktails and a barbecue, 5:30 p.m. $59. Reservations: 510-549-8585.

            1. re: zippo

              Ben reports from the 9/15 Linden Street Roast Pork Cook-off that his favorite roast pork dishes were from Brotzeit and Lungomare.


          2. 9/7 - Redwood City - Oktoberfest at Gourmet Haus Staudt. They put up the huge tent, bring in the oompah band, etc.