Outside Lands Announces Food-and-Drink Lineup
Itani Ramen, Old Kan, Xolo, and Admiral Maltings are among many East Bayites serving festival fare.
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Outside Lands has just announced this year's food-and-drink lineup — and East Bayites are well-represented among those eighty restaurants, 46 wineries, 31 breweries, and six cocktail bars serving over two hundred menu items during the three-day music fest, spanning August 9 through 11 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Augmenting such superstars as Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne, Edie Brickell, Counting Crows, blink-182, and dozens more acts, this vast panoply of vendors will occupy seven food-and-drink regions throughout the festival grounds — including A Taste of the Bay Area, GastroMagic, Cocktail Magic, Wine Lands, Beer Lands, Cheese Lands, and Outside Clams ... which is, yes, a whole molluscular mini-wonderland devoted to bivalves.
Oakland-based chef Chris Kronner — hailed as a San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef, among other honors — will revive for festival-goers his famous KronnerBurger: It was the titular dish at his late lamented Piedmont Avenue restaurant and the inspiration for his cookbook, A Burger to Believe In.
Honoring both his former restaurant, which closed after a 2018 fire, and his current status helming the kitchen at classic Berkeley restaurant Henry's, his presence at Outside Lands will be called Henry's + Kronnerburger.
On the festival's culinary state, Gastro Magic, Kronner will craft KronnerBurgers, EarthBurgers, and vegan chili-cheese fries.
Also representing Oakland at the fest will be Oakland taqueria Xolo — whose options will include burritos made with carne asada, chicken, and Impossible Foods' plant-based un-meat ... which is manufactured in Oakland.
Humphry Slocombe, which is San Francisco-based but has a location in Uptown Oakland's The Hive and opened its first Berkeley shop this March in the Elmwood space formerly occupied by Ici, will offer root-beer floats, ice-cream cones, and Secret Breakfast Sundaes, named after the company's popular bourbon-and-cornflakes flavor.
Spearheading Beer Lands is Dave McLean, cofounder and brewmaster of Alameda's Admiral Maltings, home of Admiral Pils, house-raked grains, and more. New to Outside Lands this year is Oakand-based Woods Beer Co., whose brews include Morpho, Local Honey, Freeze Pop, and Fernando.
Beer Land's abundant suds-stokers will also include Oakland's Old Kan and Oakland United as well as San Leandro-based Drake's.
Among the six local bars featured at Cocktail Magic will be Oakland's Starline Social Club, home of the Cynar-spiked Dryball.
Uptown's Itani Ramen will also inhabit Gastro Magic, whipping up chicken-shoyu and veggie-miso ramen as well as chicken-katsu sandos.
Also on hand will be Albany's Little Star Pizza, manifesting deep-dish sausage-pizza slices and thin-crust pepperoni-pizza slices.
Founded in 2008, and boasting a strong commitment to sustainability, Outside Lands also features comedy acts and other pleasures, and has thus far raised over $20 million for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Three-day and single-day tickets are now on sale here.