Experience Authentic Taiwanese Cuisine at Eat Drink SF – the Gourmet Festival in San Francisco’s Bay Area
Every year before the end of Summer, San Francisco has its moment of foodie fascination in late August. Pitched on the waterfront next to the Golden Gate Bridge, Eat Drink SF attracts countless food lovers to sample the fabulous food and drinks galore. Rated as the best culinary exhibition in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle, Eat Drink SF took place August 25 – 28 this year; Visitors got to observe Taiwan’s culinary culture on site as well as getting a taste of it.
Eat Drink SF was founded by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association to showcase the great variety of premier food in San Francisco, and its heritage as a cultural melting pot. This year, more than 160 restaurants (including 30 of the Bay Area’s best) participated in the event, such as Michelin Guide’s one star restaurant Michael Mina (named after the chef) and Spruce (Italian fine dining). Other featured restaurants include Alexander’s Steakhouse, a steakhouse chain originated in San Francisco; Navio, the signature seafood restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay; and Scoma’s, a classic Fisherman’s Wharf seafood pub. Besides the grand tastings on the showground, there were spectacular demonstrations by renowned chefs on stage.
Wine tasting is certainly something not to be missed at this annual event. Over 70 drink purveyors and spirit makers are invited to lay out their beer, wine, cocktails and champagne. Want to give your mixology skills a try? You can meet some of the first-class mixologists and perhaps learn a few tricks from them. Your ticket gets you in the door to experience delicious flavors as you stroll through booths in the marketplace-like venue. Tickets were priced at $85 – $209, which include food and drink good for afternoon tea, weekend snacking, or formal dinner, depending on when the session is held. Featuring the most sought after restaurants and amazing wine list, the event drew over ten thousand epicurean San Franciscans every year.
Another highlight of the event this year was the chance to savor the numerous delicious dishes of Taiwan. Chinese restaurants and Hong Kong style dim sum can be found everywhere in San Francisco, but authentic Taiwanese snacks are rare in the city. One usually needs to travel down to San Jose for a satisfying bite.
“Taiwan’s gourmet cuisine is the ultimate expression of multicultural fusion with abundant agricultural and fishing resources, and a variety of seasonal food because of our subtropical climate and Northern Tropiclocation. Generations of hard-working and frugal locals carried on their family traditions, different provincial dishes throughout China were brought to Taiwan, while the younger generation is fond of foreign cuisines and innovative cooking. This creates a rich and diversified variety of food culture and flavors with each city and town boasting its own unique specialties. Taiwan as a whole is a gourmet paradise. We welcome everyone to come visit and savor the flavors of Taiwan,” says Linda Lin, Director of the Tourism Bureau San Francisco Office. Some of Taiwan’s best dishes from the night markets are brought to the Eat Drink SF event by the TTB San Francisco Office. Everyday during this four-day event, there will be different Taiwanese food stalls cooking up their specialties on the spot, including Taiwan’s pearl milk tea brand Comebuy, traditional bento box specialist Taiwan Bento, and other world famous Taiwanese snacks. TTB’s Super Task Force Director Oh!Bear also participated to interact with visitors for photo opportunities and presented a variety of Taiwanese specialty food.
Attendees feasted on Taiwanese delicacies and experienced the beauty of Taiwan through the videos and photos on display. This 2D trip was also a chance for participants to win a limited edition souvenir; for those who uploaded their memorable moments to Instagram, they also received physical prints onsite, plus a chance to win air ticket to Taiwan sponsored by EVA Air.
In recent years, Taiwanese cuisine has become popular in the U.S.; Din Tai Fung dumplings are held by many Americans their most favorite Chinese dish. The presentation of Taiwanese local dishes and culture surely stand out in a sea of western food and beverage not to mention, holds a special meaning to those who miss their home. Log on to TTB’s Facebook fan page athttp://www.facebook.com/itstimefortaiwan for the latest Taiwan travel news, events, and deals.