Porcini doughnuts, artisan pizza, wine tasting: is this the future of festival food?
Festival-goers credit Outside Lands with pioneering the fancy treats now offered at Coachella and Glastonbury: We come for the music and bide for the food
It was hard not to notice the porcini doughnuts. Groups of people were staggering around clutching platefuls of them. The fried dough-puffs, dusted with a coating of dried porcini salt and served with a raclette cheese dipping sauce, were all over Instagram.
Some people seemed to be going to Outside Lands, a summer music celebration in Golden Gate Park, just to eat them.
One of the largest independent festivals in the country, this event attracts 200,000 people with two of San Franciscos great loves: outdoor concerts and high-quality, obsessively prepared food. If hoovering a gourmet burger while hiking a dusty trail in search of the next to be prepared by Metallica seems incongruous, Outside Lands has managed to make it run. Believe summertime of love fulfills food porn.
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