More than 80,000 people are expected to flock to San Francisco’s Mission District this weekend to take part in La Cocina’s 5th Annual Street Food Festival. The event takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Folsom Street from 20th-26th Streets. Hungry festival goers will be able to sample dishes from more than 80 vendors with each costing less than $8. Admission to the festival is free.
The daylong event will feature eats from popular restaurants like State Bird Provisions, Hard Water and Central Kitchen. It will also spotlight dishes from new food entrepreneurs from La Cocina’s program like gumbo from Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement, tacos de papa from El Pipila and dumplings from Bini’s.
As Caleb Zigas, executive director, La Cocina, puts it part of the magic of the festival is that it is “the intersection between celebrated chefs and low-income and immigrant entrepreneurs cooking side-by-side on the same street and selling food for the same price.”
Founded in 2005, La Cocina is a non-profit incubator based in San Francisco that provides affordable commercial kitchen space and technical assistance to low-income and immigrant citizens who are launching or growing food businesses. The Street Food Festival is an extension of La Cocina’s charter and gives these budding entrepreneurs valuable exposure to the community as well as provides them with an opportunity to cook alongside some of the most successful chefs in the Bay Area.
Every year La Cocina receives nearly 40 applications for its program and accepts 9-12 of those. To date, the organization has helped grow 36 businesses, 41 entrepreneurs and 15 graduates.