Last August, the seventh annual San Francisco Street Food Festival was its largest yet, spanning two days and requiring a relocation to the Dogpatch from the usual Mission location. But, as such, Inside Scoop reports that the vendors from La Cocina, a food incubator that provides guidance and commercial kitchen space primarily to women of color and women from immigrant communities, are taking a well-earned year off.
The festival won't be happening this year, but will return in 2017.
In some ways, with almost 100 vendors and 80,000 attendees last year, the event became a victim of its own success. "As the festival grew it became harder for individuals to make money, and we lost some of the excitement from chefs about being involved," La Cocina director Caleb Zigas tells Eater. "That's internal to La Cocina, and external to the whole Bay Area; I think there's fatigue around large-scale food events and what people are asked to sacrifice."
As a substitute, Zigas says to expect a lower-key, ticketed event in August, something along the lines of La Cocina's popular Night Market events.