San Francisco Street Food Festival 2011 Fact Sheet

2011 SAN FRANCISCO STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

About the Festival:

La Cocina’s third annual San Francisco Street Food Festival brings micro-entrepreneurs, informal food vendors and renowned chefs together to celebrate and promote great street food, entrepreneurial spirit and the vibrant communities of San Francisco. It aims to create an open, public space with a focus on outstanding food at an affordable price made by people who love to make it dedicated chefs and entrepreneurs and at an affordable price.
In addition to enjoying mouth-watering eats from 70 vendors, participants will help support the festival’s mission of advocating progressive city policies that would allow these incredibly talented chefs to formally bring their products to the marketplace.

This festival is a celebration of the heart, commitment and talent of our vendors – the small business owners in San Francisco who have created a vibrant culinary community. These individuals cook or bake out of food trucks, carts, trailers, pop-up restaurants and brick and mortar storefronts to make this city the best food city in the world.

Admission is free and open to the public; individual vendors will sell food and drinks with nothing costing more than $8. All money raised benefits La Cocina. Passports ranging from $25-$250 can be purchased in advanced, saving money and time the day of the event. Each Passport comes with a souvenir Street Food journal to track Vendors and dishes.

When and Where:

The festival will be held August 20 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. in San Francisco’s MissionDistrict neighborhood 22nd to 26th Streets. Seating will be available on 23rd, 24th and 25th Streets Street between Shotwell and Treat Streets.

The Best Food in the Bay in one street:

This year’s festival will feature all the best food in the Bay Area (and the country) in a few short blocks of the Mission District.

Other Events:

The Street Food Festival will serve as the highlight at the end of a summer full of culinary activities. In June, Wells Fargo will present The Small Business Street Food Contest. The top-four San Francisco food vendors who are elected by the general public will receive a free space at the festival as well as technical assistance for their business from Wells and La Cocina. Vendors and home cooks can be nominated at www.sfstreetfoodfest.com starting now.

Beginning in July, La Cocina will present the San Francisco Street Food Scavenger Hunt in conjunction in conjunction with The Go Game . This ten day race around the city will have food lovers looking for hidden-gems, chefs with secrets and street food where you least expect it. Teams will play for prizes, for fun and, of course, for pride.

For the 2nd year, La Cocina will host the San Francisco Street Food Conference on August 21st -22nd. The event serves to host a thought-provoking discussion with expert panelists on the economic, political and social impact of street food vending. Tickets range from $20-$50 and can be purchased at www.sfstreetfoodconference.eventbrite.com.

About La Cocina:

La Cocina is a ground-breaking business incubator designed to reduce the obstacles that often prevent low-income food entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses. By providing affordable, shared, commercial kitchen space, an array of industry-specific technical assistance and services, and access to market opportunities, La Cocina works with entrepreneurs as they launch, grow, and formalize successful food businesses. The organization’s vision is that program participants become economically self-sufficient and contribute to a vibrant and diverse economy doing what they love to do.

For more information: visit www.lacocina.org.

More: For more information on the festival, visit www.sfstreetfoodfest.com.

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