At this year's Outside Lands there's going to be a new food-and-performance stage that they're dubbing GastroMagic. As Inside Scoop reports, the just-added extra food stage is going to combine chef demos and talks about food and drink with live performances and comedy, including a discussion of barbecue and booze pairings led by continuously exasperated comedian Lewis Black. Also: There's a magician.
The GastroMagic stage, which is being co-produced by local app Chef's Feed, hasn't even been added to the official list of attractions which, sadly, does not include one of my favorites of the past two Outside Lands, the Outside Lambs vendor area. There is, however, Cheeselands and Chocolands, and within the GastroMagic area there will be something called BaconLand, with bacon flights for sale.
All the seating at the small-sounding stage will be first-come, first-serve, and you may have to fight off other Top Chef fans and food whores to get a seat at Chris Cosentino's "Offal Good Music" talk on Friday, featuring an unannounced musician and him discussing "the creative process of food and music."
And if you're a semi-professional twerker, you may want to consider what will probably be GastroMagic's most awesome act: Big Freedia paired with Brenda’s French Soul Food on Saturday for a New Orleans-style brunch in which the best twerkers will win prizes in the form of beignets. The full lineup is below, with times still TBA.
Outside Lands starts next Friday, August 8, and the festival sold out quicker than ever this year. Thus people are commanding top dollar ($400) for 3-day passes right now on Craigslist, though there are still better deals to be had too.
Flavor Tripping: Food Science with Chris Jones Chef, Innovator and Top Chef contestant
Chris Jones shows how quickly he can change food’s molecular anatomy and flavor profile
Magician Jon Armstrong
Offal Good Music with Chris Cosentino
Award-winning chef Chris Cosentino teams up with a musician to discuss the creative process of food and music
A discussion about a bittersweet love for amaro and all its nuances
Chocolate Gold Rush with Holy Ghost! and Guittard Chocolate
A party for the senses ensues with Holy Ghost! spinning and Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate creating a masterpiece on stage
Chefs Read Bad Reviews with Chris Beerman of Citizens Band, Antelmo Faria of Tacolicious & Chino, Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen and host Matt Besser
Chefs Feed’s beloved video series comes to Outside Lands; comedian Matt Besser weighs in as these talented San Francisco chefs read, cry and laugh at the worst of their reviews
Beignets & Bounce Brunch with Big Freedia and Brenda’s French Soul Food
A New Orleans style brunch like no other, Big Freedia shakes and bounces all over the stage and audience members who answer her call to twerk will be awarded with beignets
Knights of the Rich Table
A round table discussion with San Francisco’s award-winning Rich Table takes on a medieval theme
BBQ & Drank featuring Lewis Black, Dave McLean, Paul Grieco, Andie Ferman & Southpaw BBQ
This lively tasting panel led by comedian Lewis Black will determine which goes best, beer, wine or bourbon, with Southpaw BBQ’s creations
Duck Sauce Soiree featuring Duck Sauce and Brandon Jew
This soiree will treat the audience to beats by Duck Sauce and bites by Brandon Jew
Award-winning Napa Valley chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood joins the stage to cook with a musician
The Improvised Shakespeare Company in the Kitchen
San Francisco’s renowned Shakespeare comedy troupe brings a kitchen theme and plenty of laughs to the Bard’s work
Breakdown Breakdance: Fatted Calf vs. Avedano’s
Fatted Calf competes against female butchery shop Avedano’s to break down a pig while professional dancers break dance on stage
Food Fight: Marlowe vs Park Tavern
With a game show inspired format, sister restaurants Marlowe and Park Tavern compete against one another in kitchen challenges and trivia, hosted by Craig Robinson.
Mezcal Mambo Limbo
A discussion of mezcal is amplified by a troupe of mambo dancers and a limbo contest
Previously: Outside Lands' Artisanal Food Lineup Announced