For some, the Giants County Fair is ironic: Youre 31 and in a bumper car? But thats okay. Nobody can eat cotton candy after a ride in a Super Swing and not feel like the world has gone upside down just a tiny bit. But at todays Urban Eats food competition, smirkless authenticity is enforced. Presented by CUESA, the competition is open to locally grown foods, ideally from your windowsill or the little community plot, with rules that span a terrifying 10-page PDF beast. The judges brook no bullshit, or anything made from the back of a cake box: They are Jeannie Choe from SF Food Wars and Celia Sack, owner of Omnivore Books. Categories include homegrown gardening (one fruit, vegetable, or herb), honey, eggs, preserved food, fruit pies, and the biggie, Picnic Basket. Urban Eats also includes talks on urban gardening, cooking demos, and exhibits by loads of local companies such as Far West Fungi and San Francisco Beekeepers Association. It also has a cherry-pit-spitting contest. Eat it, Sebastopol.
Sun., June 20, noon, 2010