Outfitted with a new executive director and festival name, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) recently held a series of tastings, classes, competitions and other food related activities for their annual 2014 Eat Drink SF (formerly SF Chefs) festival. Last Saturday, the festival held a “Meet My Mentor” Grand Tasting event at the historic Festival Pavilion pier within the Fort Mason recreational area. The 50,000 square feet space held more than 60 vendors from a variety of food, wine, beer and distilled liquor industries including many local restaurants and wineries. Enthusiastic attendees roamed the event floor, sampled the merchant’s food and beverage offerings, and attended live cooking demonstrations and wine classes.
The event exposed attendees to a wide range of high quality food and drink selections, provided restaurants and wineries a venue to showcase their offerings, and allowed the general public direct accessibility to chefs and merchant owners. There were areas that needed improvement however, as the dearth of premium dessert options caused sweet cravings to go unfulfilled and an overabundance of slider offerings gave some bread fatigue. Despite these minor shortcomings, the $125 general admission for the all-you-can eat venue was worth the expense and we look forward to future events organized by the GGRA.