Spotlight On Outside Lands: Bay Area Food & Wine

The Spotlight

San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival celebrates more than live music. Each year, festival goers are treated to some of the Bay Area’s finest in local food and California’s world-renowned wines. Respectively called Taste of the Bay Area and Wine Lands, the delectable side of Outside Lands means you can leave those packed lunches behind.

The list of available food vendors and partnered vineyards is too long to post (check the full line-ups of food and wine), but here’s a few of our favorites that you cannot miss.

Enjoy authentic soul food from Criolla Kitchen that blends tastes from “Africa, Puerto Rico, and Louisiana” using locally grown ingredients.

Who doesn’t love frozen yogurt? How about frozen yogurt sandwiches? Yup. If you’re already foaming at the mouth, you’re not alone. Loving Cup offers just that, as well as rice pudding (a winning combination in our book).

Nombe Izakaya combines the greatest pleasures (eating and drinking) with Northern California’s locally grown tapas and over 90 brands of sake. Sake bombs during Deadmau5 on us!*

Straw SF serves “eclectic Californian cuisine inspired by the great American carnival.” I have no idea what means, but I see a picture of waffles served with potato chips. Sold.

“Braised bacon cabbage” exists at 4505 Meats. As does “bacon studded hot dogs” and “chicken beer.” Vegetarians need not apply; carnivores, step up.

For the international inclined, take your berets to the Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant and sample the finest wines imported from France and Italy. If you are strictly “local-and-proud,” try Navarro Wines, a family-operated vineyard in the Anderson valley since 1974.

Of course, we also have free music to accompany you as you plan your dining schedule this weekend. See download links below, and get more free music from MP3.com here.

All week, MP3.com shines a Spotlight on Outside Lands. The music, food, wine, and arts festival takes place August 12th – 14th at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

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Buy your tickets here before they sell out…single day tickets for Friday and Saturday are gone, and 3-day tickets are disappearing fast!

For full coverage of Outside Lands 2011, including interviews, live footage, photos, and more, stay tuned to our friends at Live 105 in San Francisco.

*Actually, we give away free music, not free alcohol…so grab a “Deadmau5 mp3″ bomb on us instead.