In Oakland, a day after Eat Real wrapped, cleanup crews are no doubt still steam-washing spilled Gordon Biersch and sisig taco residue from the pavement of Jack London Square. Across the Bay, however, La Cocina's Caleb Zigas has a handle on how many people might've showed up at last week's SF Street Food Festival.
“I have no real idea how to calculate quantity of people,” Zigas says by e-mail, “though I've looked at the receipts and judged based on last year's turn-out. Given that, we are estimating that close to 30,000 people probably came out for the day.” Last year, by contrast, the police reckoned that 13,000 people made it to last year's SF Street Food Fest, with another 7,000 who never made it onto the closed-off block of Folsom Street that was last year's festival site.
The SF Street Food Festival is a benefit for La Cocina.