Preview: Outside Lands Food and Summer Pairings


Much like San Francisco’s food scene, there are always too many delectable food and drinks options at Outside Lands. (Why must we choose!) Salivating, wide-eyed and hungry, we read through this year’s lineup and needless to say, we were forced to call Sprig to address our growing appetite. From scrumptious BBQ meat and beer pairings to a four-course “Forest Feast” meal, there’s plenty of reasons to come to Outside Lands with an appetite and indulge ’til you bulge. For a tease and instant hunger craving, check out the full Outside Lands Food list.

For those that can’t wait until the festival — because, damn it, you’ve got to eat — Outside Lands Summer Pairing , a series of pop-up food events that preview the festival’s music with delightful food pairings, are under way across the Bay Area. Here are a few of our favorites that you should consider:

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2-6pm
Ramen & Beer Party with Itani Ramen & Fort Point Beer Co.

Itani Ramen, newly joining A Taste of the Bay Area, and Fort Point Beer Co. will host a ramen and beer party as a special menu preview of their Outside Lands offerings. The menu will feature samples of their crave-able Ramen renditions, sides of Gyoza and Crispy Pig Ears and Fort Point Beer pairings. Allowing guests to choose between everything from Kolsch-style ales to San Francisco-style IPAs, Fort Point will pour the KSA, Villager, Park and Westfalia. Highlight footage from previous Outside Lands performances will be played alongside a soundtrack of favorite past performers. Tickets are $20 and include all food, two Fort Point beers, and the chance to win a pair of single-day tickets to the sold-out Outside Lands. Space is limited and tickets can be purchased for $20 via EventBrite. Pending availability, additional tickets may be sold at the door for $30. Address: 1736 Telegraph Ave Oakland CA; 510-788-7489;;

Monday, July 25, 2016, All Day, Beginning at 10:30am
Smoke Out with 4505 Burgers and BBQ & Harmonic Brewing

4505 Burgers and BBQ and Harmonic Brewing throw it down with a day long smoke-out. Microbrewery Harmonic Brewing, newly joining Beer Lands at Outside Lands, will take over the taps on 4505’s outdoor patio while the kitchen crafts Smoked Beef Ribs and Smoked Five Dot Ranch Beef Rib Plates, which are served with a choice of two sides, a fresh baked Parkerhouse roll, house made B&B pickles and Vidalia sweet onions. All beers will be priced at $6 and the Beef Ribs will be market price. The restaurant and brewery will also join forces to customize an eclectic playlist from some of their favorite Outside Lands 2016 acts: Radiohead, Ryan Adams and The Shining, Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, Lionel Richie, and of course, The Muppet’s Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. The Outside Lands Summer Pairings menu will be served all day, beginning at 10:30am until quantities last. No ticket or reservation necessary. Address: 705 Divisadero Street San Francisco, CA 94117; 415-872-6817;;

Tuesday, July 26, 7-10pm
Bluegrass, BBQ and Brews with Southpaw BBQ & Anchor Brewing

Southpaw BBQ and Anchor Brewing will host a Bluegrass, BBQ and Brews bash. The Southern inspired party at Southpaw BBQ will feature live bluegrass from Northern California’s award-winning five-piece band, The Bow Ties, while menu highlights include Chicharrones, Baby Back Ribs, Brisket Sliders with spicy coleslaw, fried pickles and sweet potato tots. Anchor Brewing will be on hand to pour a selection of special release beers, flights and drafts. Tickets are $48 and include admission, heavy appetizers, and two beers. Tickets are available on EventBrite or by phone: 415-934-9300; additional beers can be purchased via the cash bar. Must be 21+ to enter. 2170 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94110.

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 5-9pm
Pinot, Pizza & Funk with Bluxome Street Winery & Mozzeria

Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy creative Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings. The menu includes: 2013 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc paired with Shiitake Mushroom, Roasted Butternut Squash, Herb Tempura, White Garlic Sauce Pizza; 2012 Russian River Pinot Noirpaired with Pancetta, Sage, Pomodoro, Shallot, Shaved Parmesan Pizza and 2013 South of the Slot Pinot Noir paired with Fresh Mozzarella, Grana Padano, Pomodoro, Basil Margherita Pizza. A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person and available on EventBrite. Pending availability, limited tickets will be available at the door for $45. Address: 53 Bluxome Street San Francisco, CA 94107; 415-543-5353;;