Outside Lands 2018: The Edible Highlights

The best of the consumables at the 11th annual Outside Lands festival.

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The GastroMagic stage, which grew exponentially in size this year, featured collaborations between chefs and music artists, including the return of the Beignets and Bounce brunch, which rains fried dough and powdered sugar down on revelers.
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Not your ordinary music festival food.
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Outside Lands debuted a fun cannabis educational marketplace called Grass Lands this year. Permitting prevented the onsite sale of medicated products, but edibles giant Kiva built a confectionery to showcase THC-free samples of their growing product line, which includes mints and bars.
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Seats outside the Kiva Confectionery were modeled after Terra, the company's line of cannabis-infused chocolate blueberries.
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Flow Kana hosted a "Farm to Bong" competition throughout the weekend that challenged visitors to create bongs out of fresh produce.
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Some competitors in Flow Kana's "Farm to Bong" contest inside Grass Lands.
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Cannabis chef Cannaseur showcased non-dosed versions of dishes like five spice duck sliders, beet hummus with veggies and strawberry parfait at Grass Lands.
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Sorrel, a former pop up restaurant that recently opened a permanent location at 3228 Sacramento Street in San Francisco, served up a solid value with this grilled sweet corn.
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But most were in line for Sorrel's fried chicken sandwich, brined in buttermilk and dressed with a sambal mayonnaise and cabbage.
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Some of the most simple snacks really satisfied. It was good to get a taste of Old Bay in the new Bay via Fine and Rare's Old Bay-seasoned kettle chips and dip.
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Plenty, a South San Francisco farm that grows organic produce vertically indoors and will soon start delivering to consumers, sponsored this year's Farmer's Market at Outside Lands as a way to announce that they've arrived. The company served free bites such as sautéed kale tartlets with white bean purée, pickled sweet cherry peppers, and pine nuts.
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Top Chef alum Melissa King created healthy rice and veggie bowls for the artist hospitality area using Plenty's organic produce.
The Outside Lands Farmer's Market included cut watermelon and other healthy fruits.
But the Farmer's Market recognized that it was a party, in case eaters wanted to be a little naughty.
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The Peet's Cold Brew truck helped with marathon days packed full of food, music, and chilly nights.
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Festival first-timer Alba Ray's brought out the big guns with this andouille sausage hot dog dressed in remoulade and topped with grilled onions and peppers.
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Some items were slightly more confused.
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Fogust festival partiers could pretend it was tropical with this Hawaiian shave ice cream (a partnership with popular LA chef Roy Choi) and cornflake crunch served on a pineapple ring.
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150-year-old Bay Area chocolate purveyors Guittard served their "liquid chocolate" in bowls with toppings from a viewable "ChocoStudio."
Richmond District restaurant Fiorella served Italian specialties, including a pistachio-studded cannoli with candied orange.
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Fiorella brought some of the Bay Area legends wallpaper created by Brooklyn's Flavor Paper that hangs in the restaurant to Outside Lands. Pictured here: Rappers Too $hort and Mac Dre.
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Beer Lands, where craft brews mingled with pretzels and beer cheese, was one of the best marked food and drink areas — locatable even through beer goggles.
Hook'd and Sugar and Spun collaborated on the weekend's sweet stunt food champ, which we never got up the nerve to try.
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When regular water got too monotonous, Hint Water, which recently opened its first brick and mortar retail store at 2124 Union Street in San Francisco, was there to inject a bit of flavor.
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Even the main drink sponsor Heineken has an annual music area at this festival, which does such a good job of melding epicurean interests with sonic sensations. This year's headliner at the House By Heineken was hip-hop Salt-N-Pepa, who love to play in Northern California. "We had no idea this event was this big!" Cheryl "Salt" James told NBC Bay Area.
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