Outside Lands 2021: Here Are The Best Things To Eat And Drink
After a year off due to the pandemic, Outside Lands returns to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco this Friday, October 29 to Sunday, October 31. Not only is the festival a Halloween weekend affair for the very first time, but it brings more restaurants and bars to the park than ever before – because as many as the performances of stars like Lizzo, The Strokes and Tame Impala are the main draw, Outside Lands is also a celebration of food and drink.
Culinary curator Tanya Kollar has lined up some 85 restaurants for this year’s event. The majority of dining options will be available in the Taste of the Bay Area section of the festival, while drinks will be split between Wine Lands, Beer Lands and Cocktail Magic. You can view the full list of participating food and beverage vendors on the External Lands website, but if you like to prepare yourself with a plan for a hunger strike, here’s a list of restaurants you might want to research:
Chef Francis Ang’s delicately layered Filipino cuisine landed at Fisherman’s Wharf earlier this year, but you can try his sisig fried rice and pork lumpia this weekend in the Taste of the Bay area. The former pastry chef also offers something sweet: carioca rice fritters.
Caffeine junkies at a music festival could do a lot worse than Abanico Coffee Roasters, Ana Valle’s Salvadoran cafe in the Mission. She will serve olla coffee, sweetened with raw piloncillo sugar and flavored with cinnamon, as well as iced purple tea with butterfly pea flowers.
Haven’t you traveled to Richmond to sample the popular quesabirria tacos in this old brick-and-mortar pop-up? No worries, you can get your fix of cheese at Outside Lands, where red-tinted birria tacos can be dipped in consomme and drizzled with cilantro and diced white onions. For a less meaty meal, they’ll also have mole cauliflower tacos.
Oakland’s Nyum Bai serves spicy yellow curry and long-simmered noodle soup at its retro-fab Fruitvale restaurant and has gained national fame for its brand of vibrant street food. If you want to immerse yourself in 1960s Cambodia in Outside Lands, try the restaurant’s stir-fried noodles and Khmer fried chicken.
In Lower Haight, this modern Mexican restaurant gives veg the star treat and this weekend, that means sweet potato tostadas alongside fries and queso – and for meat eaters, there’s also carne asado tacos. .
Ox + Tiger
This Filipino and Japanese inspired pop-up is a favorite for dishes like Japanese fried chicken sandwich and mentaiko pancit. This year they will only be in the VIP area (sorry everyone) serving bowls of tonkatsu pork rice and Japanese karaage chicken skewers.
Chef-owner Nelson German made his debut at this Afro-Latino cocktail bar just before the pandemic, which means you may or may not have had the chance to experience it in all its glory. You should definitely take the time to experience East Bay’s lush space on your own, but in the meantime you can at least get some jerk pernil sopes, West African shrimp suya, and bocadillo de Impossible meat during the event.
Nibbling on chewy mochi muffins and donuts always sounds like a great idea and you can also pick up a pick-me-up in the form of a matcha latte from this highly Instagrammable mini bakery chain.
For self-proclaimed “Los Angeles-style” Korean cuisine, um.ma in the Inner Sunset is the only option. At the festival, they serve bowls of bibimbap rice and Korean chicken fillets.
World famous hotboys
Fall in San Francisco usually offers beautiful weather, but if you want to turn up the heat, try World Famous Hotboys’ Oakland-style Hot Chicken Sandwiches, which are breaded and fried in one of four levels of spice – soft, medium, hot and “hot hot.” This weekend’s menu also features crispy chicken fillets and cookie fritters.