It took me a long time to get to Slow Food Nation.
According to my sources on the inside, the lack-of-directional-signage problem is fixed today, but after following the Slow Food Nation website directions to take public transit all the way to Fort Mason, I spent half an hour wandering about the park grounds, trying to find the Festival Pavilion.
To those of you from out of town (who don’t have Jen Maiser available to call for directions), get thyself to the corner of Bay and Laguna, then start walking toward the water. When you get to where the road turns, take a 45-degree turn to your right through the parking lot, go between Buildings C and D, walk straight toward the Herbst Pavilion and then make a right along the pier toward the Festival Pavilion. There will allegedly be better signs today and tomorrow…I’ll report back after my Sunday night visit.
Once I made it to the Festival Pavilion, though, I can report that there are amazing things to eat, drink and marvel at. Try cask, draft or bottled beer in the beer tent. Taste one of 500 wines in the Sustainable Wine Bar. Try a plate of pickled vegetables and fruits, taste some cheese, then go watch a brilliant chef make something with heirloom ingredients in The Green Kitchen.
I’m going to have more to say about all this after the weekend is over, but in the meantime, I’ll let my pictures do the talking. I’ll be updating my Slow Food Nation Flickr set as the weekend goes on, and saving my words for when my mouth is no longer full.