It’s no secret San Francisco is a food and drink paradise. Whether you’re craving a handmade meal, a craft brew, a glass of wine, a fresh loaf of bread or a chocolate dessert, there’s a perfect destination (or ten) and it’s probably right around the corner.
Lucky for us, festival season means we can taste many of these mouth-watering options all in one place. From afternoons filled with wine and beer to two-day food extravaganzas, this summer is bringing some of the best flavors in the world to SF. Check out the events we’re looking forward to, mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate SF in our favorite way!
May | June | July | August | September
May 4 | Pier 70
The seventh annual Taste of Potrero will feature food and drink from over 50 of the city’s best bars and restaurants. Buy tickets today and get ready to immerse yourself in fine dining, urban tasting and delicious samples on Pier 70 — all benefitting Daniel Webster Elementary. It’s the most delicious school fundraiser in SF!
May 13 | Ghirardelli Square
Photo courtesy of Steven Restivo Event Services
Food vendors, entertainers, exhibitors and wineries from across Northern California are hosting Uncorked for the 12th consecutive year! This public event provides an opportunity to taste, learn and experience wine throughout the region. It typically draws around 7,000 attendees so buy tickets today!
May 19 | Pier 39
Stroll Pier 39 and stop by participating businesses to enjoy wine tastings, light bites, exclusive discounts and live music from 4 – 8 p.m. on May 19th. Guests will receive wine tastings, discounts at participating businesses, a commemorative wine glass and more! If you’re 21 years of age or older, don’t miss this wine extravaganza. Buy tickets online.
May 21 | Equinox Sports Club
Bubblyfest by the Sea is the only Festival Series dedicated to sparkling wine in the country, but you usually have to wait until fall to experience it. This year, the festival is throwing a mid-year celebration to get us all ready for the main event! You’ll enjoy tastings of the newest and best in sparkling wines from Champagne to Pet-Nat, and learn from the rock stars of bubbly in various Bubbly 101 Seminars. Ticket holders will also receive a discount, so buy yours today!
June 3 | Bespoke at Westfield
Nearly a decade ago, Pinot Days launched their first event in San Francisco. Now the SF Pinot Days is their biggest event and has become the largest single gathering of pinot noir producers in the world. Enjoy scores of small, thematic, intimate events around the Bay leading up to our Grand Festival at the Bespoke at Westfield, and buy tickets to the main event here.
June 4 | Magnolia Brewing Co.
Created in 2008, Cochon555 is a whole hog competition dedicated to supporting family farmers, and educating chefs and diners about the importance of using Old World livestock. The culinary tour travels from New York to San Francisco — with plenty of stops in between. Buy your tickets to the SF event at Magnolia Brewing Co. for an epic culinary event centered on 1500 pounds of Heritage Breed Pork, over 40 types of boutique wines, craft cocktails and artisanal brews.
June 9 + 10 | Golden Gate Club at the Presidio
The Rhone Rangers celebrate Rhone wines year-round, and their SF Tasting is a wine festival you don’t want to miss. Friday night kicks off with the winemaker dinner and live auction with rare wines and unique experiences. Saturday, choose from three American Rhone seminars, VIP experiences and a grand tasting. Buy tickets online.
June 17 | Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
The Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival strives to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu. You’ll find food trucks, desserts, meals, snacks, drinks and more — all vegan and vegetarian-friendly!
June 18 | SoMa StrEat Food Park
Craft beer, bands, DJs, food trucks, a party, a fundraiser and a celebration of SF culture — this can’t-miss event is taking over SoMa StrEat Food Park on June 18! Taste unlimited samplings of over 50 area brews, eat delicious food and dance the night away.
July 1 | Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Oysterfest
Oysterfest is a music festival with a fun twist — oysters! Awolnation, Kongos, Sir Sly and other headliners pair perfectly with fresh, succulent oysters, fine food, cold beer, craft cocktails, a shuck and suck contest and a live art exhibit! Ride your bike to take advantage of the valet bike parking, and invite the whole family because kids twelve and younger get in for free! Buy your tickets online.
July 15 | Claremont Club & Spa
This annual wine festival is the first festival in Oakland that invites internationally recognized and highly acclaimed winemakers from regions near and far to spend a day and night in our beautiful hills. The event is primarily a seated fine wine and food showcase featuring celebrated winemakers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County and a few international wine regions. The featured region of 2017 is South Africa, so buy tickets today to get a taste!
August 10 | Polk Street from Jackson to Post
Experience the flavor of Polk Street at the 2nd Annual Polk Street Summer Wine Walk! The tasting event will feature merchants from Jackson to Post Streets offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores. Guests who want to participate in tastings can purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 online. All tickets include a wine glass and a map of the various tasting events so you don’t miss a thing!
August 17 | 24th Street from Diamond to Church
Follow up the Polk Street Wine Walk with a similar event in Noe Valley! For the seventh year, explore the neighborhood via its best wine, food and retail merchants. Buy your ticket in advance for $20 or on-site for $25 and receive a wine glass and map of the tasting events.
August 24 – 27 | Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center
Photo courtesy of Eat Drink SF and Gamma Nine Photography
Eat Drink SF is a celebration of food, wine, beer and spirits. Four days of delicious events, including the Grand Tasting experience in Fort Mason, make it the premier festival in San Francisco for food lovers, wine connoisseurs and beer drinkers. Meet chefs and bartenders, watch cooking demonstrations, and learn in classes led by some of the area’s best tastemakers. Your ticket grants you total access to this one of a kind culinary affair — so there’s no need for a wallet inside!
September 9 + 10 | TBD
The Sake Summit is a part of the culture festival, J-Pop Summit. The two-day sake tasting festival features prominent sake-makers and distributors from Japan and the U.S. You’ll get the chance to taste the finest of sake, cocktails and other Japanese classics! Attend J-Pop Summit 2017 to get access to the Sake Summit and the Ramen Summit which features meals from top rated ramen restaurants!
September 9 + 10 | Ghirardelli Square
Wrap up the summer and welcome fall with one of San Francisco’s most anticipated annual festivals. For the 22nd year, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is hosting the premiere chocolate event of the region! It attracts nearly 40,000 visitors from the Bay Area and around the world, and features local chefs’ chocolate inventions, cooking demonstrations, live music, and the infamous Earthquake Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest! For two days, peruse 30 different booths from local restaurants, bakeries and chocolate companies, and taste desserts and chocolate-inspired treats.
Keep an eye on the website for tickets which will be available later this summer. All profits from the event will be donated to Project Open Hand, a nonprofit providing food and care to people living HIV/AIDS, homebound and critically ill individuals and seniors in San Francisco
Let us know which festivals, concerts and events you enjoy the most! Share tasty foods, drinks and sweets with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And, most importantly, get a delicious taste of San Francisco this summer!