This was my second annual trip to Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco. Last year, I packed my bag and journeyed to SF for the first time without knowing anyone or what I was getting myself into. It was a great experience. I met a lot of fellow food bloggers and kept in touch with some.
This year, I'm a big(ger) girl and the second time going wasn't as intimidating. I ended up being too comfortable and mostly interested in what the festival had to offer. I didn't bring as many cards, and since I met some people from last year, I didn't make as much effort this year to meet as many people. Not very proactive or social, I know. I also didn't take as many photos, often too caught up in conversations than paying attention to what was going around me. The only thing I made sure I took pictures of was..the food! Not very good ones either. My camera sucks and I hate it so much >:(
There were other gift bag stuffers not featured in the photo, 2 Godiva coffee bags, Cascade dish washing tablets, and a chocolate cake mix -__-''. Last year's goody bag was way better : S
Welcome reception and dinner at Terra Gallery
This year's welcome reception seemed more upscale as it was held at Terra Gallery, a popular space for hosting events. It was open bar, yay! I got to try Hell or High watermelon ale and it was amazing, tasted kinda like jolly rancher but not too sweet. I wanted to bring a case load back to Canadaland. Along side the booze, was an island of hor d'ourves, mostly different flavours of hummus by Sabra. They were pretty good, and there was an interesting wasabi flavour. The dessert hummus, coconut and chocolate, was a no go.
|Glazed pork belly with broccoli puree|
|Tuscan beef stew and brown sugar butter roasted chicken|
|meatloaf muffin and whipped potato, salt cod cake, beet ravioli, mac and cheese, kale leek ricotta tart|
|potato brocoli soup, butternut squash orzo|
|Lentil salad and ceviche shooter|
Too much food, too much booze. I was near state of coma. After the dinner, I called it a night.
Afternoon at the Tasting Pavilion at the Metreon
It was another afternoon of endless food and booze sampling. The event was 3 hours long and I didn't expect that I would be there from beginning to end. I must say that I'm glad I stayed around. Godiva Coffee had an awesome booth, giving out sample bags of their flavoured coffee, chocolates, and pumpkin latte. Some were not so great, such as Jimtown where the lady gave us a dab of oil from their spreads for samples. No, Thanks.
One of my favourite sponsors, Alaska Seafood, they always have the best food.
Vignette Wine Country soda, non-alcoholic varieties!
Bloom Gin and their lemon honey concoction. I couldn't have just one!!
Chocolate stout from 21st Amendment and Three Twins organic vanilla ice-cream.
Gala Dinner hosted by Alexia Foods
2 hours later, after I walked through the rain, I ended up at the gala dinner hosted at the Grand Hyatt hotel. More feasting about to commence.
Tyler Florence came out and performed a cooking demo. for the next hour. The only thing I learned was how to make a brine.
It was a dine and dash. I didn't come back for the farewell brunch on Sunday hosted by Godiva Coffee. Overall, I thought last year's event was better, definitely the goodie bag and the gala dinner were way better. My favourite part of the festival was probably the Tasting Pavilion.
What I got from the Tasting Pavilion...
479 black truffle and white cheddar popcorn.. Only 70 calories per bag!