Foodie Agenda: Epic Food Fests, Free Jelly Beans, and More


Mark your calendars with one of these mouthwatering food events.

Friday, September 27

It’s already known as a sleek happy hour and dinner destination in SoMa, but now 25 Lusk opens its doors for weekday lunch service. Their “Power Lunch” menu includes Wagyu Double Cut Rib Eye, Tri Tip Steak Frites, and the smoky Barbeque Organic Eggplant Sandwich. Lunch served Mon-Fri, 11:30 to 2pm. Lusk St (off Townsend between 3rd & 4th St).

All weekend, Oakland’s Jack London Square will be transformed into one epic food festival. The Eat Real Festival features a jam-packed lineup of demos, workshops, performances, contests, and more. With more than 40 vendors ranging from Kara’s Cupcakes to Grilled Cheese Bandits to Bacon Bacon, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Also, check out the Beer Shed and Wine Barn for some of the Bay’s finest handcrafted drinks. Entry to the festival is free, the three-day schedule is available here. Jack London Square, Oakland.

Saturday, September 28

Need to nurse your sweet tooth? Well, you’re in luck! Candypalooza 2013 has arrived. Saturday and Sunday the Jelly Belly Factory is hosting a free festival with tastings, live music, and factory tours. 9am-5pm Sat and Sun @ One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield.

The San Francisco Vegetarian Society is hosting the 2013 World Veg Festival in Golden Gate Park this weekend, celebrating all things vegan, vegetarian, and everything in between. Come experience a series of speakers, demos, samples, and health exhibits which promote a healthy, plant-based diet. Admission is free if you arrive between 10 -10:30am, otherwise it is $10. 10am -6pm, County Fair Building, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way.

Tuesday, October 1

Want to try some great sake for a great cause? This Tuesday, a.k.a. National Sake Day, Jackson Square’s Roka Akor, a stylish prime steak, seafood, and sushi restaurant will be donating 40% of all sake bottle sales to Editha House, an affordable lodging resource for cancer patients and their adult caregivers traveling to Phoenix, Ariz. for medical treatment. Additionally, all month long ROKA AKOR will donate $5 per glass and $20 per bottle sold of the sparkling wine Jean-Charles Boisset Rosé Brut. Come drink sake and support National Breast Cancer Awareness month! 801 Montgomery St.

Wednesday, October 2

The San Francisco Cooking School is hosting a Taste Talk on “The Evolution of California Cuisine.” With chefs creating so much of their own product in house, working side by side with farmers, and building menus that change on a daily basis, what does it really mean when we say “California Cuisine?” Learn the answer to this and more from a panel of distinguished Bay Area chefs including Joyce Goldstein, Catherine Pantsios, and Laurence Jossel. An open Q&A will follow the discussion. The evening begins with an open coffee and dessert bar at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. 690 Van Ness Ave.

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