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After a One-Year Absence, La Cocina's Street Food Festival Returns Oct. 15 - By pkane - September 28, 2017 - SF Weekly
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After a One-Year Absence, La Cocina’s Street Food Festival Returns Oct. 15

(La Cocina)

Huaraches might be a Nike sneaker, but don’t let corporate appropriation fool you: They’re also a delicious Mexican dish made with masa, filled with beans, and topped with onions, cilantro, cheese, and more. You’ll be able to share one of these gut-busters on Sunday, Oct. 15, at La Cocina’s Street Food Festival, a one-day bonanza of the women-run businesses that have emerged from the chrysalis that is the immigrant-centric incubator La Cocina.

Having begun in 2009, the festival swiftly grew so large that the streets of the Mission could no longer contain it, so it moved to Pier 70 in 2015. That, too, was a logistical challenge, so after a gap year to figure out its future plans, the Street Food Festival is back, this time a few blocks away, at the site of the decommissioned Potrero Power Plant.

There, you’ll be able to tear into bites from dozens of small-scale chefs at all rungs of the La Cocina ladder, from the momos (which is to say, Nepalese dumplings) made by Bini’s Kitchen to the Jamaican delights from Peaches Patties. Even the alumni show up for this one, be it Reem’s — which has a can’t-miss brick-and-mortar bakery in Fruitvale — to the regal offerings of the music-festival favorite, Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas. In all, there are more than 30 booths and stands, showcasing the best flavors from the Global South.

Advance tickets are an eminently affordable $5. While limited supplies of $10 general admission tickets will be available at the door, it’s best not to risk getting denied entry to the best foodie happening to take place in the shadow of a smokestack.

La Cocina Street Food Festival, Sunday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., at the Potrero Power Station, 420 23rd St. $5; streetfoodfest.com