Our Outside Lands food-concert pairings
FESTIVAL Outside Lands has been descending on lush Golden Gate Park for three years now. As the music lineup continues to feature some of the biggest acts on the summer tour circuit, the festival's local food and drink offerings have been steadily increasing their profile. A Taste of the Bay Area, OL's edible arena, hosts 54 food vendors, and 30 wineries and winemakers pour 100 different wines amid whimsical barrel seating under the big tent of Wine Lands. As if our dancecards weren't already full of all the music we want to see!
To maximize your opportunities to stuff yourself, we've compiled an eating-drinking guide for the weekend that pairs just a few of each day's musicians with harmonious eats. Also included: suggestions for your inter-set hydration intervals. (Read: the best booze and caffeine on offer.)
New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, noon, Land's End Stage Take traditional Jewish klezmer, amplify to the power of New Orleans, and suddenly you have New Orleans Klezmer Allstars on your hands. As you're gyrating wildly to the sounds of the group's clarinet and accordion, snack on some fried kosher dill pickles. Those Fabulous Frickle Brothers will be serving deep fried "frickle" chips and fried green tomatoes perfect for dipping in the booth's cukaracha Sriracha, or perhaps its tasty curry mustard.
Drink interlude Avail yourself to a range of Kermit Lynch's imported wines — the Berkeley local (a musician himself) was a key player in the introduction of French wines to the United States.
Phish, 6:30 p.m., Land's End Stage Call us hippies, but what could go better with the ultimate jam band high than sweet summer produce? Full Belly Farms will be offering plump melons, peaches, tomatoes, corn, green beans, and bell peppers. Another farm-fresh pick: cucumber-melon spritzers from Flour + Water's soon-to-open Salumeria. Pick up a porchetta sandwiches there to counteract all that good health.
Big Audio Dynamite, 7 p.m., Twin Peak Stage Don't call it a comeback. With the return of Big Audio Dynamite (BAD), playful good times are sure to ensue — a perfect pair for Hayes Valley restaurant Straw's Outside Lands carnival game, (also called Playful), which will be taking place in the Corral area of the festival. Don't worry if you don't win any prizes — Straw's sweet potato tots and its falafel and schawarma snow cones will be reward enough.
Erykah Badu, 7:50 p.m., Sutro Stage Maybe you won't be at your sexiest while slurping Split Pea Seduction's soups, but sounds from the sultry Ms. Badu make a creation like sweet corn and smoked trout chowder oh-so-alluring — not to mention the stand's spit-roasted lamb and Puerto Rican pork pernil sandwiches.
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, 12:05 p.m., Sutro Stage Nicki Bluhm's lazy sunny day tunes will make it feel like summer, even if (when) the fog rolls into Golden Gate Park. Fresh seafood can also bring out that summer shine, particularly Woodhouse Fish Co.'s BBQ or fresh oysters. Even better for when that condensation does convene is its excellent clam chowder.
Drink interlude Elegant Rhône varietals and Chardonnay from the central coast's Qupé winery have made many a fan forget the next set they wanted to see.