5 Ways to Conquer Eat Drink SF, The City’s Best Food + Drink Festival

Eat Drink SF is San Francisco’s premier food and drink festival featuring over 160 new and established restaurants and more than 70 beer, wine, and spirit makers from all over the neighborhood. Thanks to the team at EDSF, we were invited to join this year and experience all that the city’s culinary world has to offer. The four-day bonanza is a great opportunity for long-time members of the community and new residents to come together and discover something new. Basically, you get to try a BUNCH of restaurants for the price of a dinner for 2. I’d say it’s definitely a good deal, wouldn’t you??

This year’s festival was held at Fort Mason in the Festival Pavillion, a large industrial building by the marina. It’s a perfect location for such a big event with so many booths, I was quite surprised by how easy it was to make our way around despite the large crowd.

For those of you who missed the event this year, we’ve put together some tips and tricks to make your life easier while attending the festival:

5 Ways to Conquer Eat Drink SF

  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing, you’ll get to sample a ton of amazing dishes including tacos, steak, noodles, sushi, dessert, and of course, drinks it’s best to let your form-fitting outfits sit out for the weekend.
  • Check out the list of participating restaurants before the event to draft a game plan, you don’t want to miss out on any of your must-try options
  • Bring a tote to carry all of your free goodies you collect as some booths will hand out cool, free gifts (like a chalice glass from Stella Artois)!
  • Keep track of your drinks, it’s easy to drink too much too fast when you’re being offered left and right. Be smart and keep track of how much you’ve been drinking to avoid mishaps.
  • Come early, the line begins to form about 30-45 minutes before the opening time and if you don’t want to spend an extra hour just waiting in line, it’s best to come early.

Check out our video to learn more about Eat Drink SF and our experience this year.


First, we got greeted by an amazing Woodford Reserve cocktail. I don’t typically like whiskey or bourbon, but this went down sooo smooth. Maybe a little too smooth?!


Making custom gin & tonics at Anchor Distilling! More to come on that later…


Enjoying some melt-in-your-mouth Argentinian BBQ from Lolinda.



An amazing nigiri fusion wrap. Drooling…


Salmon sashimi hand roll from Pabu. Definitely one of the favorites from the night!



Classic soy sauce eggs from the Taiwan Travel Association.


Unsurprisingly, the Stella Artois booth was the most lively!


Foie. Gras. Milkshake. Still not sure how I feel about it… It was supremely rich and savory at the same time, and I could barely finish that small shot glass worth!



Utterly delectable lavender bites! Another dessert favorite.
Learn more about Eat Drink SF here and let us know if you attended and which restaurants were your favorite in the comments below!

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