Outside Lands 2015 guide to wine, beer and food

Music, food, beer and wine at Outside Lands, San Francisco, August 7-9.

Outside Lands Festival. Image: Paul McCartney Fireworks 2014. Courtesy of OSL.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2015 – This is San Francisco in July, which means that Outside Lands is right around the corner coming to Golden Gate Park Aug. 7–9. And because it is San Fran in July,  the winds will howl, the fog will  roll in and you will be glad to have a scarf to snug around your neck.

This year marks the eighth year of the music and arts festival. For foodies, winos and craft brew lovers, this is the dream event where you get to combine great drinks and food you enjoy with music that moves you.

SF Outside Lands 2013 Sutro Stage Chillin on the Hill
SF Outside Lands 2013 Sutro Stage Chillin on the Hill

Impress your friends with a bit of festival lore by knowing that the name Outside Lands was used in the 19th century to identify the present-day Richmond and Sunset Districts in San Francisco. Today the area is home to Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, and of course the Outside Lands Festival.

This year’s fest is going to be packed with three days and nights full of amazing musical line-ups with equally impressive wines, brews and food including Wine Lands, Beer Lands, Cheese Lands, and Choco Lands — a total of 78 restaurants, 37 wineries and 32 breweries.

Outside Lands Wine Lands Tent. Image: Sherrie Perkovich
Outside Lands Wine Lands Tent. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

Wine Lands Guide

Important safety tip: Wine Lands is completely cashless. This year your wristband is your festival ticket and your digital wallet. Load up your band in advance and for every 75 Bison Bucks that is added to your cashless account before 10 p.m. on Aug. 7, Outside Lands will add five bonus Bison Bucks to your account. Register your band online.

  1. AP Vin (San Francisco)
  2. Bluxome Street Winery (San Francisco)
  3. Claypool Cellars (Russian River Valley, Calif.)
  4. Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs (Russian River Valley, Calif.)
  5. Red Car Winery (West Sonoma Coast, Calif.)
  6. Ridge Vineyards (Lytton Springs/Sonoma County, Calif.)
  7. Robert Sinskey Vineyards (Stags Leap, Napa Valley, Calif.)
  8. SakeOne (Oregon)
  9. The Prisoner (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  10. Scharffenberger Cellars (Anderson Valley, Calif.)
  11. Swanson Family Vineyards (Rutherford, Napa Valley, Calif.)
  12. Wind Gap (Santa Cruz Mountains)
Outside Lands Beer Lands. Image: OSL.
Outside Lands Beer Lands. Image: OSL.

Beer Lands Guide

This year upon taking a stroll around Beer Lands, you will be taking a tour of California Craft Brewers. Here is the best of the Bay:

  1. 21st Amendment (San Francisco)
  2. Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Booneville)
  3. Bear Republic (Healdsburg)
  4. Drakes (San Leandro)
  5. Firestone Walker (Paso Robles)
  6. Magnolia (San Francisco)
  7. Half Moon Bay
  8. Speakeasy (San Francisco)
  9. Florian’s (Windsor)
  10. Napa Smith (Napa)
Outside Lands Food Lands. Image: OSL
Outside Lands Food Lands. Image: OSL

Food Lands Guide

Just when you think it is not possible for Outside Lands to get any better, they toss a “Taste of the Bay Area” food fest in the middle of a music fest.

This year will feature full restaurant partners, but also food trucks, food carts and the addition of Choco Lands and Cheese Lands.

Enjoy these food stops:

  1. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen: creative grilled cheese sandos (ask for a fried egg on any sando for the best thing since sliced bread), smoky tomato soup
  2. AQ: Sweet, spicy and shroomy waffles (regular shrooms, not spacey shrooms)
  3. Delfina: Meatball subs with provolone and tomato (perfect with one of those craft beers)
  4. Il Cane Rosso: Olive oil fried egg sando with grilled French toast (hangover cure special right here…find some bacon and you’ll feel right as rain)
  5. La Urbana: Mexican chorizo dogs with bean soup (pair with craft brew or a bigger red wine like Syrah)
  6. Long Meadow Ranch: Cheese and charcuterie plates at Cheeselands (so you can be fancy with your wine)
  7. Michael Mina’s Tailgate: Smoked coconut sugar brisket, pickles, bourbon BBQ sauce (fancy tailgate, for sure pair with a bigger wine like Cab, Syrah or Zin)
  8. Pacific Catch: Hawaiian ahi poke, fish and chips, sweet potato fries (they had me at sweet potato fries)
  9. Tacolicious: Shot-and-a-beer braised chicken tacos, veggie tacos, baja style fish tacos (all I heard was shot, beer, taco…done!)
  10. Suite Foods Waffle Shop: Maple bacon waffles stuffed with fried chicken (anything stuffed with anything is awesome, but waffles stuffed with fried chicken? Sign me up!)
Outside Lands 2014 Crowds at Outside Lands Stage. Image: OSL.
Outside Lands 2014 Crowds at Outside Lands Stage. Image: OSL.

What To Know Before You Go

Now that you’re well prepared on what to eat and drink, here’s what else you need to know about the fest to have the absolute best time you can.

  • Dress in layers. The famous and brutal SF summer fog will likely be in full force. You will be happiest with a fleece, no joke.
  • Wear appropriate shoes. Ladies, this means no stilettos or crazy stripper shoes. You will be walking around in dirt and grass. Suggested footwear: closed toed shoes such as gym shoes or hiking boots. If you wear flops or sandals, your feet will be filthy at the end of the night.
  • Bring a blanket. Roll it up in your backpack and use for lounging on the grass by day and burrowing yourself into it for warmth by night.
  • Drink plenty of H2O. This is not a race or a contest to see who can drink the most alcohol. Pace yourself and enjoy the drinks. They deserve your full attention. CamelBak will be there with refillable water stations, so bring a refillable container in with you and they will provide free filtered water. The container must be empty when you enter the festival.
  • If you have the means to purchase VIP tickets, this is recommended. The bathrooms alone make it worth it.
  • Transportation. Check out the Outside Lands website for info on getting to Golden Gate Park, public transportation options, as well as by bike and foot. There are no parking lots, so it is best not to drive.
  • Register your wristband in advance if possible and add cash to your account for easy purchasing of wine. Create separate accounts for each wristband and if heading to the fest together, you can link two or more bands under the same account.
  • Do not put your wristband on until the day of the festival.

Before you go, build an Outside Lands Schedule with this handy tool:  Create Your Own Lineup

Stay tuned for an Outside Lands article next week to feature wine and music pairing suggestions.

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Sherrie Perkovich
Sherrie is a perky, music and wine-loving, Northern California local that seeks out and spreads the word about San Francisco experiences as well as unforgettable wine-related travel experiences. She is CMO of The Grape Hunter USA, where they focus on helping artisan wineries and developing unique wine travel for consumers. Follow her on Twitter @BigNoseWino Sherrie is a San Francisco local that fancies herself an extroverted fine dining, wine drinking, know-it-all. If it’s happening near SF, Sherrie is in on it. Follow her columns, for the widest range of Out and About San Francisco ~ San Jose treats and Wine Country Weekly.