4th Annual Foodbuzz Festival ~ Day 1.5 fun!

by DanicasDaily on October 21, 2012

Happy Sunday all!  Yesterday, we were up way too early after our Saturday Cocktail Party and Night Dining on the town to head into the City for Day two of the 4th Annual Foodbuzz Festival.  I had one thing on my mind that I “needed” to have as soon as we got there…..

Blue Bottle Coffee!

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Sipped on the pier while we waited for the Foodbuzz Scavenger Hunt to begin.

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The day started out with a presentation by Cuesa in the Ferry Berry to explain what the San Francisco Market is all about, the farmer’s, what’s in season, their sustainability efforts and to tell us about the programs they offer like taking a tours of the farms.

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After the presentation, we teamed up in groups to head out for a Ferry Building & Farmer’s Market Scavenger Hunt.  We had all morning to go around finding the answers, tasting our way through the market and of course, buying some produce to take home.

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It was so hard to resist buying like everything at the market because it looked and tasted amazing.  I settled on taking pictures to share with you all instead…..

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There were so many vendors with tons of squash, including my new fav, Delicata Squash! No worries ~ I stayed strong since we have 4 squash on our counter right now just waiting… Open-mouthed smile

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I am so excited for Brussels Sprouts to be back in season.  I cannot wait to make some Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cashews ~ most likely this week!

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The Sun Chokes that I couldn’t convince The Husband we needed to try….maybe I’ll sneak them in a dish and then tell him after Winking smile

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The next time we visit the market to stock up for the week, I am buying the smoked jalapenos.

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I LOVE this idea of using reusable jars to serve up drinks.

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All morning long The Husband kept saying we needed to find the vendor that was cooking up sausages because it smelled so good. 

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The thing he was smelling was Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie. I got hooked on their sandwiches when they served them up to us at the First Foodbuzz Fest and then again, at the 2nd Foodbuzz Fest.

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These guys totally know how to sell their crispy pork ~ all they had to do was give The Husband a taste of their pork loin with crispy skin that tasted like smoked bacon and he was sold!

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Yup, we totally ate a Crispy Pork Sandwich with caramelized balsamic rosemary onions and arugula at 10 am with our coffee for breakfast because we are cool like that.

Crispy, crunchy, totally like a bacon pork sandwich with caramelized onions ~ so good!

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After the market, we spent some time walking around the City before heading over to the Metreon for the Tasting Pavilion.

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I have only made Kale Chips in my oven, but, was game for trying the Just Pure Foods version.

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Their cheesy Kale Chips reminded me of Doritos (for real!) and the onion straws like fried onions, but, they are all air dried and completely healthy.

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Minnie Bell’s Soul Kitchen served up healthy corn bread muffins….

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that paired perfectly with this spicy, smoked “pea and rice” salad.  I totally went back for another container ~ it was that good!

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I could totally picture the Lick Pop guy scooting around town and selling his popsicles all summer long.  These ice pops are a family recipe and made with 100% real ingredients ~ I like that!

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After Suppa Moon Pies.

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The folks at California Walnuts made these fantastic energy bars and gave us all the recipe to share. You can find it here.

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Biscuit Bender was one of my favorite vendors at the Pavilion and not just because he has flaky, buttery, biscuits that resemble scones.

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Or because he brought a bunch of “butters” to smear all over them…..

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But….Because he served up Maple Bacon Scones!!! Sweet, savory, bacon-y and oh so good!

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He actually handed us flavors of every single type of scone he brought.

Cinnamon Roll ~ The Husband’s favorite.

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Classic ~ perfect for all those fruity butters or the maple bourbon bacon butter!

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The seasonal Pumpkin Biscuit.

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We savored all our muffins with some Blueberry Honey Drop Tea and totally realized we had breakfast for lunch and lunch for breakfast today Open-mouthed smile

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I am not sure what it is about sweet foods, but, every single time I have them, I need to balance it out with something sweet.

Lundberg makes my favorite chips out there, but, I cannot buy them or have them in the house without either of us eating the entire bag. 

If you decide to give them a try, go for Santa Fe BBQ or Lime….but, don’t’ say I didn’t worn you at how good they are!

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The folks at Nature’s Box were back sampling out more of their goodness.  I am completely addicted to these Maui Onion Crunch Almonds (they taste better than the chips!)

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My friends at Made in Napa Valley were back serving up BBQ Pork Sliders.  I love their products because really all you need is some sauce, a few fresh ingredients and you have one tasty meal.

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Cupcake Vineyard hosted all the wine at the Foodbuzz Fest Events this weekend.  Since I knew we would be sampling all their flavors at our Gala Dinner, I stuck to one small pour of Riesling….Light, refreshing, crisp and perfect for balancing out all our random food samples of the day lol.

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Vignette brought two types of sparkling wine that contained zero alcohol, yet, tasted just like wine.  These would be so fun to serve in fancy glasses at Thanksgiving or on New Year’s.

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My pickled addict, aka, The Husband, couldn’t wait to head over to Sonoma Brinery.

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They show cased all their pickle varieties on mini sandwiches like these pastrami rounds.

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and BBQ Pork Sliders with Spicy Bread & Butter Pickles.  I love that they keep their cucumbers a little fresh and less briny as it as a fantastic crunch.

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Have you all ever heard of Tomato Smash?  It’s so delicious and not just because she served it up buttery grilled cheese.

It’s made of fresh, organic tomatoes smashed with a little sugar, herbs and resembles a relish with a little kick.  I could totally see adding this 0 points+ spread to everything!

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At this point, we were both thinking there isn’t possibly anything else we could eat.  But, Krista over at the Wicked Noodle totally convinced us we had to try the Alaskan Seafood Crab Cakes and Halibut.

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As you all know, I am a fan of my fish raw in sushi, but, not so much cooked.  However, this fish was seriously the exception.

The halibut was simply cooked with salt and pepper, but, that Coconut Curry sauce was phenomenal….as in, I would’ve licked the bowl if nobody was watching.

The chef used almonds to thicken it which made this spicy coconut curry sauce melt in your mouth with the fish. I would totally eat fish cooked if it came like this!

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On our way out the door, we stopped for Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Twin Sisters.

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Plus a Pumpkin Mission Mini Cupcake with a Dulce De Leche frosting.  I seriously should have started here!

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I will be back tomorrow with the Grand Finale Post Gala Dinner at the California Academy of Sciences. 

If you are catching up, you can find yesterday’s posts as well as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and now 4th Foodbuzz Festivals on my Pinboard on Pinterest.

Night all!

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