Outside Lands proved once again that it is as much about the food and drink as it is about the music. And, both were as diverse as you can imagine. Dance to the dulcet tones of Paul McCartney, with flowers in your hair and vegan Malaysian Nachos in your hands. Or maybe Nine Inch Nails and Lamb Poutine are more your speed? It’s cool, we can all get along. Maybe we can find common ground over a gargantuan pan of paella.
Or a killer plate of Porcini Doughnuts (aka best festival food ever). These savory zeppole, sprinkled with porcini dust and smothered in raclette cheese sauce, would bring anyone together. Extra props to Rich Table for also bringing their labor intensive Sardine Chips to the masses. Endless Summer Sweets. Hot, crispy, fluffy funnel cake topped with crispy bacon, powdered sugar, hand-whipped cream, and a drizzle of agave syrup, this monster treat was sweet, sticky satisfaction. (Although I do wonder...why not maple syrup?). And of course, Chef John Fink and The Whole Beast crew was in full effect at Outside Lambs once again this year, breaking down whole lambs to be made into gyros, poutine, chorizo, and banh mi. Outside Lands 2013 August 9 – 11, 2013 San Francisco, CA This post was published on KQED’s Bay Area Bites on August 12, 2013.