Foodbuzz brings together a great community of over 4,000 food bloggers who share a passion for food with their audiences and each other. They hosted 350 of their featured publishers to attend their second annual Foodbuzz Fest, a weekend of networking, learning and lots of eating, drinking and general merry-making.
The weekend started off with a Welcome Reception featuring some of San Francisco’s best street food. Street food has become quite a phenomenon and San Francisco has some of the finest on the planet.
As we arrived at Fort Mason, the sky was lit up in brilliant oranges and pinks. It looked like a welcome from Mother Nature … just for us.
Walking into a sea of unfamiliar faces is always kind of intimidating, but I knew that we would have at least one topic to talk about. Food of course!
It wasn’t long before I ran into some familiar faces from my previous food blogger events, Gisele from Small Pleasures Catering, Greg from Sippitysup and Ginny fromFood-G. Not to mention finally meeting in person some of the great food bloggers, I’ve only seen online.
Once inside the pavilion, the perimeter was lined with food trucks showcasing their tasty treats … some of the best street food available in The City.
Namu served up their “Real Korean Tacos”, short ribs, seasoned rice, pickled daikon, kimchee salsa, kimchee remoulade and housemade teriyaki rolled into toasted seaweed.
Pizza Politana brought along their whole pizza setup and offered wood fired pizza topped with tomato sauce, salami, spinach, red onion, dry cured olives and parmesan.
Tacolicious (love that name) prepared a sampling of their tasty tacos including guajillo braised short rib tacos, shot-and-a-beer-braised Petaluma chicken tacos and traditional carnitas tacos.
Roti Roti, a gourmet mobile rotisserie shared some gorgeous porchetta, a savory, fatty and moist boneless pork roast stuffed with layers of heavenly herbs. This is one of Deb’s favorite so these guys even packaged some up for me to bring home. How nice was that!
My favorite of the evening was 4505 Meats. Man they have a way with pork … and their chicharrones … drool! They fed us an amazing sandwich featuring pork loin brined in jalapeno pickling liquid, crusted in corn meal, green beans, onions and coriander aioli on a housemade sesame bun with a side of … you guessed it, chicharrones.
It was great to see that I’m not the only strange person walking around snapping pictures of food. And to get proof of it. I felt totally vindicated!
Let’s not forget about dessert! Mission Minis was there with a great display of mini cupcakes just for Foodbuzz, including the inventive and delicious horchata cupcakes with cinnamon frosting.
In addition to the great cupcakes, Mission Minis brought the Food Network crew along to film for Cupcake Wars.
And what is cake without ice cream? Strauss Creamery was on hand to serve us some outrageously decadent organic ice cream.
If you want to try some of these tasty treats for yourself, most of them can be found at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmer’s Market.