The San Francisco Bay Area has an incredibly diverse food scene. You can dine at Michelin star restaurants with elaborate tasting menus, or grab something on the go at a food truck and there’s no shortage of options in between. Over the past 10 years street food events have provided a new option. But we’ve been missing something that’s common in Asia, the night market. There have been a few pop-ups, but Off the Grid at Fort Mason
is perhaps the closest thing we have to it on a regular basis. With music, drinks and almost 30 food vendors it’s a fun and tasty way to spend a Friday night.
But if you’ve been to a night market in Asia, you know it offers much more than just food and music. It usually includes different kinds of entertainment, vendors and artisans selling their wares and sometimes even activities for kids. Night markets are fun but also a way to discover and connect with different people and cultures in a most delicious way. I’m happy to share two different night market events in San Francisco — one more geared towards adults and the other is all ages.
July 19th, 2018 from 7 – 10 pm
Local chef Tu David Phu is the organizer of Chef’s Hawker Centre style pop-ups including a ticketed event taking place at the Asian Art Museum
this week. Guests will get unlimited access to food booths and two drink tickets to try cocktails by Kevin Diedrich of Pacific Cocktail Haven and Jack Daniels Cocktail Champ Adam Brogan.
I’m really excited about this event! I can vouch for the food from Francis Ang, Jason Angeles, Reem Assil, and Jake Rosenbush and am eager to try the rest. It’s a great opportunity to explore some of the Bay Area’s most exciting food all under one roof. Tickets
start at $65
July 21st, 2018 (August 18th, September 15th, October 20th) from 4 -10 pm
Despite its fairly low profile, food writers like me have been saying Filipino food is the next big thing
for ages and maybe it finally is coming true. This Summer and into the Fall there will be a Filipino night market taking place one Saturday a month, behind the SF Chronicle building at 401 Minna St. I recently went to a preview and loved every bite.
The line up of talent is amazing—lots of terrific chefs including Alex Retodo of The Lumpia Company
who makes unbelievable fillings for his lumpia like bacon cheeseburger! Deanna Sison Foster of Mestiza
, Chef JP of The Sarap Shop
who makes complex and flavorful Laing rice bowls with succulent braised taro leaves with ginger and shrimp paste, Hannah Huyoa of Adobos and More
who could find no Filipino food in Santa Rosa and began making her own scrumptious adobo tacos, Dennis Villafranca aka Jeepney Guy
who makes crispy skin pork lechon, and Reina Montenegro of Nick’s Kitchen
who will blow you away with her vegan versions of everything from flan to sisig and caldereta, her food is really unbelievable. I’m leaving out the desserts (there’s got to be some surprises).