Having already announced music headliners Alex Cameron & Roy Molloy (plus other acts, like Speedy Ortiz and SASAMI) the 20th Street Block Party unveiled its all-star culinary lineup, with local heavy-hitters like Farmhouse Thai, Humphry Slocombe, and Mission Boricua.
The free party — a sort of love letter to the neighborhood surrounding organizer Noise Pop’s headquarters at 20th and Bryant streets — returns for its seventh year on Saturday, Aug. 17 from noon to 6 p.m. Although you can stroll right in without paying anything to enjoy the vibe alongside 25,000 people, there is a $50 VIP Headliner Experience (available for only 100 ticket-holders, but you do get to experience Great Gold, the 24th Street restaurant that grew out of Foxsister). Consequently, the Block Party has a nonprofit beneficiary.
In fact, for 2019, it has two: educational organization 826 Valencia and food-business incubator La Cocina.
That’s how you know that food will be on equal footing with music this year. Look for Farmhouse Thai‘s street-style pad thai (prepared fresh) and alcapurrias, or beef patties covered in fried plantains, from the La Cocina alums Mission Boricua — plus three different ice cream floats from nearby Humphry Slocombe. To get everyone on the sustainable-seafood train, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch truck will be present, serving locally caught wild rockfish tacos, while Bini’s Kitchen — another La Cocina success story, with a brand-new brick-and-mortar in SoMa — will have the usual lamb, turkey, and vegetarian Nepalese dumplings called momos. In the event it’s toasty in the Mission that afternoon, you can cool off with pops from The Pop Nation. See the full list of restaurants and other food vendors here.
The lineup announcement in early July was only partial, and the full musical roster has now been made public, with the additions of S.F. singer-songwriter ZOLA, Oakland indie-punks Shutups, and more.
And in spite of the name, the festival technically occupies several of the surrounding streets, bounded by 19th and 20th and Harrison and Bryant. As music festivals become more and more elite, it’s good to know we have such a fun freebie right in the Mission’s backyard.
20th Street Block Party, Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Free, 20thstreetblockparty.com