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Lollapalooza of Food


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Photograph courtesy of Hog Island Oyster Co.

The largest celebration of American food to ever hit the Bay Area comes to San Francisco August 29 through September 1. Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Civic Center and Fort Mason to taste their way through the country’s first Slow Food Nation festival.
Slow Food champions such as Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, will speak, and 150 fine-food purveyors from around the country will set up shop, including Hog Island Oyster Co., whose Ferry Plaza shop is pictured at right. Other producers include Brentwood’s Frog Hollow Farm, Alameda’s Blue Chair Fruit Company, and Gelateria Naia, which has a shop in Walnut Creek.
Much of the four-day event, which includes live music and film screenings, is free and open to the public. Some events require tickets, such as the slow dinners hosted by local restaurants, including Berkeley’s Café Rouge. Visit www.slowfoodnation.org for tickets.

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