The stage, which started as a quirky new element of the massive fest two years ago, returns for its third go-round a week from Friday with a bunch of new and delightfully weird collisions of culinary and music stars. All the sets are just brief half-hours that you're meant to drop in on on your way between the food concessions and your next music set, and they generally feature some off-the-cuff fun times.
Once again, there will be a beignet brunch with New Orleans' own "Queen of Bounce" Big Freedia, and this year there will be a special Prince tribute with Humphry Slocombe ice cream. Also this year there's a bit more of a focus on cocktails (e.g. there's a Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday tasting of Bloodies with Padrecito, and bacon, and a U2 cover band), and Big Boi will be learning to skewer and barbecue stuff with State Bird Provisions chef Stuart Brioza and Los Angeles chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun, Jon & Vinny's).
The full lineup, as released, today.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
CUESA’s Trash Talk Redux with Bar Tartine, Calavera, 20th Century Cafe and Namu Gaji
2:55pm - 3:25pm
Trash has never tasted this good. CUESA’s very own Marcy Coburn will guide San Francisco star chefs Cortney Burns, Sophina Uong & Michelle Polzine through an Iron Chef-style competition to create a winning masterpiece from food waste. Using discarded items from Outside Lands’ favorite food vendors, along with some of the ugliest produce the city has to offer, the chefs will attempt true culinary alchemy. DJ David Lee, one half of hip-hop duo Golden Age (and co-owner of Namu Gaji) will be keeping the kitchen hot with a tasty trash fire DJ set.
Every Little Thing She Does Is... Gastromagic with Chef Melissa King and Ra Ra Riot Covering The Police
4:15pm - 4:45pm
Members of Ra Ra Riot will be performing as A Humiliating Kick in the Crotch, their brilliantly named Police cover band alter ego. While the Brooklyn indie faves spin us some sweet serenades, Chef Melissa King (Top Chef) will show you all priceless tricks and tips necessary to create gastro magic in the kitchen.
Bay Area Hipster Chef Roast with Kyle Kinane, Paco Romane, Drew Platt, Richie Nakano and More
5:45pm - 6:15pm
A host of Bay Area comedians join together to roast, toast, and broil three time "James Mustache Award" winner, “Chef Kale Hendrix.” Featuring searing burns from Kyle Kinane, Kaseem Bentley, Krista Fatka, and Clare O'Kane, the show will be hosted by San Fran’s own “adorably self-deprecating” Paco Romane. As the comedians put Hendrix to the test, SF’s Chef Richie Nakano will be roasting a dish of his very own.
Raspberry Beret: A Prince Tribute with Humphry Slocombe
7:25pm - 7:55pm
Express your inner Purple One as you indulge in the delights of Humphry Slocombe's limited edition Ube (purple yam) and Raspberry Ice Cream alongside a performance of Prince’s all-time classics.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Beignets & Bounce Brunch with Big Freedia and Brenda’s Soul Food
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Straight from New Orleans, Big Freedia AKA the “Queen of Bounce” is back to shake and wobble during the Third Annual Bounce Brunch. Brenda's Soul Food beignets will be served to the best, bounciest twerkers in the crowd, so come ready to bust some serious moves.
Shark Bites with Jauz, Mother Of Pearl and Guittard
2:50pm - 3:20pm
New York City’s spirited mixologist Jane Danger of Mother of Pearl will craft her signature whiskey Shark Eye cocktail before your eyes. Paired with Guittard chocolate bites, it’s a combo you won’t want to miss. The world touring, genre blending DJ Jauz will spin the beats for this party. It may not be Shark Week, but the water won’t be safe.
Electric Beethoven Acid Test with The Electric Beethoven Band and Hampton Creek Innovator Ben Roche
4:10pm - 4:40pm
Futuristic food technologist Ben Roche, in conjunction with the Electric Beethoven Band will take you on the ultimate musical-culinary trip. Psychedelic tunes will echo throughout the forest while Roche provides a mysterious twist for your taste buds.
Culinary Olympics Throwdown with The Northern Chefs Alliance Team USA and Canada Judged By Jo Firestone
5:40pm - 6:10pm
All-star chefs from the USA and Canada, selected by San Francisco’s own ChefsFeed, which has an inside connection to the best of food culture and the world’s top chefs, will battle it out on the GastroMagic stage to see who will take home the gold from these culinary games. Fierce competitors - to name just a few, Matt Jennings, Jose Enrique and Gabriel Rucker will give Jo Firestone the difficult task of naming the winner after seeing their mastery skills. With her decision, we will finally know whether it’s truly time for us all to move to Canada.
Skew It On The Bar-B with Big Boi, Animal's Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo and State Bird's Stuart Brioza
7:00pm - 7:30pm
Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Stuart Brioza, powerhouse chefs from Los Angeles and San Francisco, share the stage and key "skewing" tips with music icon Big Boi before he transfixes the audience with hip-hop magic.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday with Zoo Station, Padrecito & Baconland
2:05pm - 2:35pm
It wouldn’t be a Sunday without a Bloody Mary... or four. Padrecito will bring four fresh variations of the brunch-time cocktail to the Gastro Magic table. Taste them all: Classic Bloody Mary, Bloody Maria, Mezcal Mary, and the Red Snapper. Put some grease in your belly with bacon flights from the Baconland team. And of course, no better pairing for taking the edge off than a set from San Francisco’s ultimate U2 cover band.
Chris Cosentino and Jillionaire from Major Lazer
4:25pm - 4:55pm
Find your Caribbean groove as one of San Francisco’s most celebrated chefs, Chris Cosentino, roasts a full albacore to the global beats of Jillionaire, the Trinidadian born electronic mastermind known for mixing indie and house music with Caribbean rhythms, and a member of Major Lazer.
Breakdown Breakdance with Stephanie Izard, Belcampo Meat Co. and Beatz N Pieces
5:55pm - 6:25pm
Beats and meats what more could you want? B-boy dance troupe Beatz N Pieces will show you how to move ya body, while Stephanie Izard (Top Chef, Girl & The Goat) and butchers from Belcampo Meat Co. show you how to fill ya tummy! The scents of savory goodness will make your head spin, and the music might just make you spin on your head!
How To Make Your Yacht Rock with Mustache Harbor & Woodhouse Fish Co.
7:25pm - 8:05pm
Don your best captain’s hat and ‘stache while you enjoy the high seas in this party straight out of the 70's & 80's. Enjoy custom cocktails, fresh lobster rolls from Woodhouse, and jam out to the smoothest soft rock classics, from Steely Dan to Kenny Loggins, performed by the well-dressed boys of Mustache Harbor.