As Grizzly Bear lead singer Ed Droste said to the crowd at Outside Lands on Saturday, "You guys have the bougiest food stands of any music festival I've ever seen." And it's true. Outside Lands is designed for Bay Area food snobs who wouldn't be happy being stuck with mediocre pizza and beer. No no. We must have wood-fired, Neapolitan pizza, craft beer, craft cocktails, a wide selection of local wines, dozens of food concessions from the city's top restaurants, and some goddamn lamb poutine to get us through.
It is, therefore, probably our favorite music festival of all time–except for the weather situation, and the huge spaces you have to traverse, both areas where Treasure Island is so much more pleasant–and we're proud of the Bay Area for keeping the dream alive these past six years, Wine Lands and all.
We were once again impressed with the setup at Outside Lambs, where lamb lovers could get lamb paella, lamb banh mi, and lamb poutine at any hour of the day. And this year's fest featured not only several stations serving pre-mixed cocktails on tap (we thoroughly enjoyed the Moscow mules), but also a new Cocktail Experience tent featuring handmade drinks (for a price) from The Alembic, Cantina, and The Homestead bar.
See the above slideshow for our greatest food hits of the weekend, which includes a couple of hits that were held over from last year, and continue to be hits, like that lamb poutine from The Whole Beast. Added bonus: These are all things you can find around the city now that the fest is over.