Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Is Back! Here's What's Cooking With The Food Vendors

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Is Back! Here's What's Cooking With The Food Vendors


Every October, San Francisco welcomes Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Golden Gate Park, offering three days of live music and an epic lineup of talent. The "pinch me, I must be dreaming" part? It's all blessedly, totally free (Thank you, Warren Hellman!).  Have cash in hand to blow on the 30 or so food vendors planning to be there. But first, take a look at our breakdown of the best food trucks, stalls and butchers who will be on site, divided up by the stage where they'll be posting up. 

Banjo Stage (Main Stage)

Gerard's Paella

A true showman, festival pro Gerard Nebesky does not travel light. Have your senses on high alert for the huge circular paella pans, and wafting smells of Cajun spice, leading to authentic paella, just brimming with fresh-caught seafood. 

Spicy Pie

A festival staple by now, Spicy Pie brings gorgeously gargantuan New York-style pizza slices that pack the heat. That is all. 

Other options: Earthly Delights, Sift Cupcakes, New Orleans Catering, Tante's, Sonoma Teriyaki

Arrow Stage

The Whole Beast

Remember the lamb poutine from Outside Lands? It's back this weekend at HSB, along with an ample menu of lamb-filled delights from butcher John Fink: lamb gyros, mulligatawny soup, lamb sausages on an Acme bun, and Morrocan mint iced tea to wash it all down. 

Other options: Carmen's Taqueria, Peter's Kettle Korn, JavaGoGoTante's deep-fried artichokes and chicken strips

Towers of Gold Stage (Linley Meadow)

Voodoo Van

Expect an irreverent menu along these lines, including the Tranny Chaser sandwich made with seitan and cole slaw, battered fried green beans (a.k.a. "healthy funnel cake"), and Kong's Balls of fried peanut butter served with the perfect pairing: jam. 


From West African peanut with Chicken to organic tomato bisque, there's always a nice variety on offer from the festival's sole soup-devoted vendor.

Dora's Donuts "Shut Yer Hole" Truck

Despite the ornery-sounding name, Dora's soft, sugar-dusted, square-shaped delights are nothing if not agreeable. 

Other options: Veritas Food Truck

Rooster Stage

4505 Meats

By now, 4505 needs no introduction. But just in case: chimichurri fries, hot-dog-on-a-stick, and possibly the best cheeseburger in San Francisco

Big Tony's BBQ

Expect ribs, baked beans, pulled pork and other no-nonsense barbecue staples, all of them heavy on spicy sauce, if you like. 

Other options: Pie For The People, Sonoma Teriyaki, Blue Sun (Mexican food and American breakfast)

Star Stage (Foggy Bottom)

Napa Valley Noodles

For vegetarians, there are soba noodles wok-fired with broccoli and other veggies in a ginger-garlic sauce. Omnivores can avail themselves of a teriyaki chicken version with snow peas and zucchini. This is one of the healthiest options on festival grounds. 

Other options: Juicery, Desert Coffee Trader, West Coast Greek, barbecue

Porch Stage

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