As the clock ticks down toward the 11th annual Outside Lands Music Festival, when thousands of music fans descend upon San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the festival organizers Tuesday announced the food and drink lineup. Outside Lands was one the trailblazing festivals to integrate culinary culture as a major part of its annual festival offerings. This year is no exception.
The festival brings in the some of the foremost experts in their fields to curate each of the “lands” to ensure that some of the highest quality food and drink options are offered. Wine Lands curator Peter Eastlake is back to bring 41 Northern California wineries to the festival, with a wide variety of offerings from the Sonoma and Napa wine country.
Dave McLean, the legendary brewer and founder of San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Company, is also back as curator of the festival’s ever-popular Beer Lands area, which was added in the infancy of Outside Lands to match the burgeoning craft beer market. Thirty breweries from around Northern California highlight this area, including Anchor, Sierra Nevada and Bear Republic.
Another returning stage is Cocktail Magic, a newer addition that brings the mixology experience to the music festival. The lineup of offerings has yet to be announced.
The lineup no longer features a dedicated “Choco Lands” area, as many of the dessert offerings look to be rolled into the massive “Taste of the Bay Area” food menu. Whether it’s a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, an Argentinian chorizo hoagie, pesto potato pizza slice or fried chicken strips, it offers worldwide flavors for all tastes.
The festival organizers also teased the return of Gastro Magic, which is the Outside Lands culinary stage. Gastro Magic promises to be bigger and better than ever, pairing renowned chefs and food personalities with musicians, comedians and entertainers for a unique way to experience a music festival. Expect to see the full Gastro Magic lineup to be released within the weeks leading up to Outside Lands 2018.
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