This is the food festival for foodies. Here you’ll find the menu for the latest food truck and the next great snack from the grocers. After this mouth-watering weekend, you’ll be boasting to your friends all the amazing grub that you and your kiddos ate! The story of La Cocina is compelling, they will be serving great food, plus you can bring your kids to the parks aplenty to entertain them while you nosh. With over four blocks of food stalls and as many parks and playgrounds, why wouldn’t you spend your afternoon at La Cocina’s 3rd annual Street Food festival?

When: Saturday, August 20th, 2011; 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Where: Folsom Street from 22nd to 26th
Kids Area: 23rd Street – Folsom to Treat
Check out this map for the specific food vendors expected at the fair!

Cost: $3-$8 per dish: save time and money and get a passport.

How to get there: Public transit will be your best bet.
BART: The 24th Street Station.
MUNI: 12, 14, 14L ,27, 48, 67

This is an event where taking a taxi might make sense, but if you feel like driving, street parking will be tough so expect to park several blocks away.

The directions can be found here.

If you have never heard of La Cocina, it’s OK. What you need to know is that they cultivate food entrepreneurs. They offer classes on how to start your own food business and they have a commercial kitchen for rent. Many of the alumni of this non-profit kitchen program have been getting press about the food in your local markets. You get to eat this food hot off the grill.

People will wait in long lines to eat good food. I suggest you arrive earlier than you normally would. The lines get longer as the day goes on and they do run out of certain foods, so if you think you want to try something, get it. Plus long lines can make for some grumpy tykes. Take advantage of some of the area playgrounds after some grub.

Playgrounds:
Jose Coronado PG: Corner of 21st and Folsom
Cesar Chavez school: Between 22nd and 23rd street on Folsom.
Parque Ninos Unidos: On 23rd St. between Folsom and Treat St.
Garfield Square: Two blocks off of Folsom, between 25th and 26th street. There is even a pool if you feel like a swim (Rec swim 12:45-2:15pm Sat.)

Insider Tip: The Park on 23rd Street has a grassy area that you can lay a blanket down on and have a picnic. Garfield Square has a larger grassy area but is farther away.

How to dress: Dress in layers, you never know when Mr. Sun is going to make an appearance!

Try to get the kiddos to sample a dish they’ve never had before. Try not to eat too much.

Bon Appetite.

Online: sfstreetfoodfest.com

-Timothy Wang