On a sunny summer day, you leisurely stroll amid the aroma from hundreds of food stands, craving for each and every exotic item engulfing your palate. And sure, you can have them – and have them all if you want – quickly and conveniently.
This is the scene at the San Francisco Street Food Festival where my friends and I frolicked today. Featured more than 100 different specialty and ethnic foods representing the best in Northern California, the festival celebrates the dynamic culture of street food while showcasing a variety of exotic fusion and ethnic foods originating from all over the world.
Street food, sometimes referred to as fast food or finger food, is ready-to-eat food sold at a public place for quick consumption. People like street food because it is fast-to-serve, affordable, and available in a sociable setting. Because of its convenient and casual nature, street food affords people the desire and ability to try and enjoy it in amazingly vast varieties. Its popularity further allows food vendors to explore and develop new exciting varieties. Street food represents the best of diversity and creativity of the modern food culture.
Here are a few items I snatched at today’s festival:
The festival is being held from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and tomorrow (Saturday 08/15 and Sunday 08/16) at Pier 70 in San Francisco (entrance at 22nd Street and Illinois Street). If you happen to go tomorrow, be sure to go with an empty stomach and a big appetite, because you’ll surely be devouring a wide variety of wonderfully creative foods!