SF Cherry Blossom Festival – April 16-17

Cherry Blossom Festival Music

4 words – deep. fried. mochi. balls. That’s reason enough to come to the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival. Every year, the Japanese celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms (or the coming of spring). The 2 weekend affair is filled with great food, local music and a festive parade.

Cherry Blossom Festival Grill Ribs

Cherry Blossom Festival Kabli Ribs

Ever since I was very young, I would volunteer with my basketball team selling hot dogs and lemonade. The festivals concessions have since evolved to serving Japanese classics such as okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes), takoyaki (squid balls), dorayaki (red bean pancakes), kalbi ribs and udon. The food stands are so popular, I waited almost an hour for a plate of $6 kalbi ribs. Though it was completely worth it in my opinion.

Cherry Blossom Festival Fried Mochi

My all time favorite will always be the deep fried mochi balls. Little gumball sized mochi are deep fried until their crispy and chewy on the outside and soft and gooey in the inside. The mochi are topped with a thick sweet soy sauce and nori (seaweed) flakes. The salty-sweet with the warm-chewy make for a perfect combination.

I encourage you to make an effort to come this weekend! Most stands are fundraising for a tsunami relief fund. So while you’re enjoying some tasty treats, you’re also helping others. Win-win!

 

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SF Greek Festival – Sept 24-26

I’ve been meaning to go to A Taste of Greece every year, but I can never make it out. Well, conflict no more! I will be here at the annual Greek Festival this weekend eating my favorite foods – gyros, dolmathes, moussaka and baklava. Yum! Print your ticket now for free admission. Otherwise, it’s a $5 entry at the door.

When:
Friday, Sept. 24 11am-10pm
Saturday, Sept. 25 11am-10pm
Sunday, Sept. 26 12pm-9pm

Where:
Annunciation Cathedral
245 Valencia Street
San Francisco

Admission:
$5 at the door; free if you print your pass here.

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53rd Annual Armenian Food Festival

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I’ve been wanting to come to the Armenian food festival for the last 4 years, and I still won’t make it to this one! I’m so bummed!

Authentic Armenian Food featuring buffet style complete Shish-Kebab Dinner, and Pastries. Games for Children and Armenian Folk Dancing

Where: 825 Brotherhod Way, KZV Armenian School, San Francisco, CA, 94132

Print image below for free admission.

When: Friday, Sep 10, 6:00p – Saturday, Sep 11, 12:00a

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SF Street Food Festival – August 21

I’m soooo going to this. SF is a foodie haven filled with street food vendors. From tacos to Korean tacos to creme brulée carts to Belgian waffle carts, we have a cart for everything.

When: August 21 @ 11am-7pm

Where: La Cocina (2948 Folsom Street)

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