EAT DRINK SF, San Francisco’s Premier Food, Wine and Spirits Festival Takes Place August 20-23, 2015

14861079642_e8f0606ac7_z

Eat Drink SF, a San Francisco celebration of flavor, presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association with Title Sponsor Discover, announces the schedule for this year’s event as Early Bird tickets go on sale. The festival, now entering its seventh year, is a unique experience for food & beverage enthusiasts to enjoy top-notch programming including curated experiences, tasting sessions, beverage classes, cooking demos, and mingling with the Bay Area’s top chefs.

The festival takes place August 20-23, 2015 with events happening around the city including three signature Grand Tastings at Fort Mason Center on Friday and Saturday. In addition, brand new events have been added this year including: Thursday’s Taco Knockdown presented by Milagro Tequila, Sunday’s city-wide Revival Brunch and Brunch Party at Foreign Cinema.

14697522600_8e256ed9c9_z

This year’s programming includes:

  • Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) Preview Series, August 1, 8, 15: In anticipation of Eat Drink SF, chefs Mark Sullivan, Executive Chef of Bacchus Management Group (Spruce, The Village Pub, Pizza Antica, RoastCo, and Mayfield Bakery & Café), Matt Schuster of Canela, and Anjan Mitra of DOSA & DOSA Fillmore will host a series of cooking demos at the Ferry Building Farmers Market each Saturday in August, leading up to the festival.
  • Super Duper Burger Guest Chef Series, August 17-21: As festival week dawns, Super Duper Burger celebrates with a guest-chef-a-day series featuring unique burgers created by David Bazirgan, Michael Mina, and more! Each day, the featured guest chef’s burger will be offered with a portion of the proceeds going to the chef’s charity of choice and from 2-3pm that day 100 percent of sales will go to the designated charity.
  • Taco Knockdown Presented by Milagro Tequila, August 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Kicking off the festival weekend is “Taco Knockdown” at Folsom Street Foundry. 20 restaurant chefs will go head-to-head and compete in a battle for the creative taco title with a best overall winner determined by a panel of expert judges and a crowd favorite chosen by guests. The Bon Vivants will create cocktails using Milagro Tequila, Montelobos Mezcal, Menjurje de Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur, and Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur. Restaurant competitors include: Ichi Sushi, Pabu/Ramen Bar, Delfina Restaurant Group, Uno Dos Tacos, Fog City and more.
  • Grand Tasting, August 21, 6:30-10:00 p.m. and August 22, 12:30-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-10:30 p.m.: The signature event of Eat Drink SF returns to Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center for three unforgettable sessions. Attendees will get to experience classes and demonstrations from culinary personalities including Brian Boitano and Lesley Stowe, chefs Elizabeth Falkner, and Ryan Scott, Michelin starred chefs such as Dominique Crenn and Mourad Lahlou, World Pizza Cup Champion Tony Gemignani, and many more, with emcees Joel Riddell, and Leslie Sbrocco; sample cheeses from the Whole Foods Market Cheesemonger Cave; savor sips with San Francisco Wine School’s Beverage Classroom; and nibble on tastes from top San Francisco restaurants such as Aaxte, Absinthe, Burritt Room + Tavern by Charlie Palmer, Central Kitchen, Cockscomb, Dirty Habit, Farallon, flour + water, ICHI Sushi + Ni Bar, Marlowe, Mina Restaurant Group, Park Tavern, The Cavalier, Waterbar, and Wayfare Tavern, among others. VIP ticket holders can enjoy access to private seating, exclusive food and beverage offerings, and early entrance to the Grand Tasting.
  • Brunch Party at Foreign Cinema, August 23: Brunch at Foreign Cinema is, simply put, the best. Join Eat Drink SF for a special daytime party to cap off an incredible weekend of food, drink, and celebration with the ultimate brunch affair. Exceptional food, your favorite morning and afternoon cocktails, entertainment and revelry. The perfect close to a perfect weekend.
  • Revival Brunch, August 23: The fun continues on Sunday with the inaugural Eat Drink SF city-wide brunch. More than 20 restaurants around the city will offer special Eat Drink SF brunch menus in unified celebration of post-festival recovery efforts.

Early Bird tickets are available for purchase at www.eatdrink-sf.com starting at $75. Discover is the preferred card of Eat Drink SF. For more information, visit www.eatdrink-sf.com or follow onFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Proceeds support CUESA and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation.

Title Sponsor: Discover. Platinum Sponsors include Woodford Reserve, Fine Cooking, iHeartMedia, Hotel Council of San Francisco, SF Travel, San Francisco Magazine, Where Magazine, Wine Spectator, DPEM Event Marketing, and Noise 13.

# # #

About Eat Drink SF

Eat Drink SF, formerly known as SF Chefs, was founded by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association in 2009 to celebrate the Bay Area’s culinary community. The annual event promotes and extends the Bay Area restaurant community as a world-class culinary destination, focusing on local tastemakers. Each year, more than 200 restaurants participate in Eat Drink SF activities, which include a preview party, Grand Tasting sessions, food and beverage classes, and cooking demonstrations. With more than 7,500 attendees, Eat Drink SF provides an opportunity for restaurant members to market to food lovers and connect directly with current and potential guests. Eat Drink SF 2015 takes place August 20-23 at Fort Mason Center.

About Golden Gate Restaurant Association

Founded by restaurateurs in 1936 to give San Francisco restaurants a collective voice and bargaining power, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) has evolved to be the singular representation and trusted one-stop resource for the culinary community in the Bay Area. GGRA supports and celebrates its members through annual events such as Eat Drink SF, Eat Drink 365 and SF Restaurant Week. The member community includes restaurants of all sizes and profiles. Its scholastic-based scholarship program founded in 1968, has given nearly $500,000 in the past 13 years alone, and is a beneficiary of Eat Drink SF.