Outside Lands 2016: Wine, beer and food preview guide

Attending a music - beer - wine - food festival can be a tremendously fun, or horrific, experience. Let us help you make the most of it with behind the scenes tips and tricks.

Outside Lands 2015 - Incredible Crowd in Golden Gate Park. Image: Andrew Jorgenson.

SAN FRANCISCO, August 3, 2016 – This is San Francisco in August, which means that Outside Lands is right around the corner coming to Golden Gate Park August 5–7th. Since it is San Francisco in the “summer”,  the winds will howl, the fog will roll in and you will be glad to have a scarf to snug around your neck.

Outside Lands: Sutro Stage, Relaxing on the Hill. Image: Sherrie Perkovich.
Outside Lands: Sutro Stage, Relaxing on the Hill. Image: Sherrie Perkovich.

This year marks the ninth year of the music and arts festival. The musical line up each year seems to get better and better.

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With bands and artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Duran Duran, Fantastic Negrito, Lionel Richie, Radiohead, Caveman, Chance the Rapper, Lana Del Rey and Zedd, there literally will be something for everyone to bend and ear and shake their butts to.

For you foodies, winos and craft brew lovers, this is the dream event where you get to combine luscious wine, beer and culinary delights with music that moves you to your core.

Outside Lands 2015: Shakey Graves performs. Image: Film Magic.
Outside Lands 2015: Shakey Graves performs. Image: Film Magic.

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— a total of nearly 80 restaurants, 40 wineries pouring 120 wines and 30 breweries.

Outside Lands will feature 11 unique food and drink experiences this weekend with such tantalizing treats as Forest Feast, Gastro Magic, Wine Lands, Beer Lands, Cheese Lands, Choco Lands, Outside Clams, and Cocktail Magic.

Outside Lands - Wine Lands tent. Image: Outside Lands.
Outside Lands – Wine Lands tent. Image: Outside Lands.

Wine Lands Guide

Important safety tip: Wine Lands is completely cashless. Just like last year, this year your wristband is your festival ticket and your digital wallet. Load up your band in advance. Register your band online.

  • AP Vin (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • August West Wine (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Baker Lane (Sonoma Coast, Sebastopol, Calif.)
  • Banshee (Healdsburg, Sonoma, Calif.)
  • Bluxome Street Winery (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Claypool Cellars (Russian River Valley, Sonoma, Calif.)
  • Deerfield Ranch Winery (Kenwood, Sonoma Valley, Calif.)
  • Ridge Vineyards (Lytton Springs/Sonoma County, Calif.)
  • The Prisoner (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  • Scharffenberger Cellars (Anderson Valley, Sonoma, Calif.)
  • Stuhlmuller Vineyards (Alexander Valley, Sonoma, Calif.)
  • Thomas George Estates (Russian River Valley, Sonoma, Calif.)
Outside Lands - Beer Lands. Image: Film Magic.
Outside Lands – Beer Lands. Image: Film Magic.

Beer Lands Guide

  • This year upon taking a stroll around Beer Lands, you will be taking a tour of California Craft Brewers including San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Half Moon Bay and Berkeley. Here is the best of the Bay:
  • 21st Amendment (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Booneville, Calif.)
  • Bear Republic (Healdsburg, Calif.)
  • Drakes Brewing Company (San Leandro, Calif.)
  • Faction Brewing (Alameda Island, Calif.)
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
  • Lost Coast Brewery (Eureka, Calif.)
  • Magnolia (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Napa Smith (Napa, Calif.)
  • North Coast Brewing Co. (Mendocino, Calif.)
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers (San Francisco, Calif.)
Outside Lands - Grilled Oysters. Image: Film Magic.
Outside Lands – Grilled Oysters. Image: Film Magic.

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.

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

Enjoy these highly recommended food stops:

  • 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
  • Baconland: You had me at bacon…bacon flights, chocolate covered bacon, bacon grilled cheese.
  • 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)
  • La Urbana: Mexican chorizo dogs with bean soup (pair with craft brew or a bigger red wine like Syrah)
  • Namu Street Food: Korean Fried Chicken…done!
  • Pacific Catch: Hawaiian ahi poke, fish and chips, sweet potato fries (they had me at sweet potato fries)
  • Proposition Chicken: Fried chicken sandwiches with spicy slaw
  • Rich Table: Porcini doughnuts with raclette cheese. Holy hell!
  • Straw: Donut cheeseburgers (yes, you heard it right, donut cheeseburgers) and sweet potato tater tots. Git ur gourmet white trash on here. Delish!
  • Tacolicious: Shot-and-a-beer braised chicken tacos, veggie tacos, baja style fish tacos (all I heard was shot, beer, taco…done!)
Outside Lands - Chocolands. Image: Andrew Jorgenson.
Outside Lands – Chocolands. Image: Andrew Jorgenson.

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.
  • Keep your phone juiced! Verizon has these music festivals down. They understand that all we want to do is take endless selfies, countless videos and post our experiences like deranged high school girls on prom night. Verizon suggests the following to maximize your battery life:
    • Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth;
    • Adjust screen timeout;
    • Turn off push notifications;
    • Disable GPS services and finally,
    • Bring a charger – whether it is a case like the juice pack or a powerstation plus, portable chargers can restore a phone’s battery without a power source. This writer will be using their juicepack to keep the photos and data rolling.
  • 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. Darker than charcoal.
  • 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. This is your wristband for the entire festival and you cannot remove it. Put it on day of, unless you plan to just brag to all your friends and show off the glorious band a week in advance.
  • Before you go, build an Outside Lands Schedule with this handy tool: Create Your Own Lineup
Outside Lands 2015 - The Crowd Gets Into It. Image: Misha Vladimirskiy.
Outside Lands 2015 – The Crowd Gets Into It. Image: Misha Vladimirskiy.

Also, be sure to check the Outside Lands website for a complete list of what you can bring in and what you cannot bring in to the festival. An important new rule, they are requesting that guests bring in clear bags.

If you bring your items in clear bags, you will receive an expedited entry line.

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