With the emergence of gourmet food carts reaching critical mass in the city, it’s no surprise there is now a festival dedicated to the phenomenon. Snaking around a handful of city blocks along Folsom Street, close to Garfield Square in the Mission District, the SF Street Food Festival this year was packed to the brim with hungry visitors, all there to experience something unexpectedly delicious that was prepared from a mobile kitchen. The wait times just to sample dishes from various vendors like |Roli Roti| and |Kung Fu Tacos| were overwhelming to say the least, which made coordinated efforts with friends to wait in multiple lines the right move.
Many of the vendors with more notoriety such as |Hapa Ramen| or |Creme Brulee Cart| ran out of food fairly quickly, but there were still numerous choices that made the trip worthwhile like the homemade smores from |Kika’s Treats|. The choices this year were mixed between established restaurants trying to market themselves with quick bites and fancy non-alcoholic drinks, and actual street food vendors whose locations they operate from change on the regular. There was even a silent auction that raised money for charity by auctioning off cool prizes such as being a chef for a day at |Chez Panisse| and an all day butchery class at |4505 Meats|. |SF Street Food Fest|