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first annual san diego sriracha festival
by Andrea Rademan
Ready for the FIRST ANNUAL SAN DIEGO SRIRACHA FESTIVAL? If you salivate at the thought of America’s favorite hot sauce, mark your calendar for Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 3pm to 6pm. That’s when this chef-driven, all-inclusive, 21+ event takes place at Liberty Station, Luce Court & Legacy Plaza, 2641 Truxtun Road in San Diego.
Co-organizer (with Josh Lurie of Food GPS) Randy Clemens, who wrote The Sriracha Cookbook and The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook, enlisted these hot chefs to fire up the grill:
AQUI ES TEXCOCO Francisco Perez - Best Tacos in 15 US Cities, Zagat 2014
THE BELLOWS Schuyler Schultz - Best New American Cuisine Nominee, San Diego A-List
GANG KITCHEN Craig Jimenez - San Diego’s Best Eats, Drinks & Restaurants, Discover San Diego 2014
HASH HOUSE A GO GO + THE TRACTOR ROOM - Craig "Andy" Beardslee - 36 Hours in San Diego Must Have Dinner, New York Times, 2009
THE PATIO John Medall – San Diego’s Top 10 Weekend Brunches & Breakfasts, TheCultureTrip.com
SLATER'S 50/50 Brad Lyons - Best Hamburger, UT San Diego 2013
STONE BREWING WORLD BISTRO & GARDENS Thomas Connolly - The Best Restaurants in San Diego – Best Brewpub, San Diego Magazine 2014
SUPERNATURAL SANDWICHES Christian Eggert – The Iconic Sandwiches of San Diego, Eater San Diego
URBN ST. BREWING Alex Carballo - 12 to watch in 2012, Hospitality Magazine
URGE AMERICAN GASTROPUB Marc Liautard - Best Neighborhood Bar Nominee, San Diego A-List
WOW WOW WAFFLE Joe Kraft - 7 New San Diego Restaurants You Need To Try This Summer, Thrillist 2014
To soothe the palate Churros El Tigre, Peterson’s Donut Corner and Quenelle will be serving desserts and Stone Brewing Co., Iron Fist Brewing Company and URBN St. Brewing will be pouring local craft beer, while inventive bartenders Jason Bran & Damian Windsor serve creative cocktails. Designated drivers can quench their thirst with craft sodas from Los Angeles Ale Works, coffee from Portola Coffee Lab, and tea from Seventh Tea Bar while a live DJ plays sets.
Tickets: $59 ($69 at the door if available). VIP Tickets: $90 ($100 at the door) include reserved seating and 2 pm early admission. A portion of proceeds supports Mama’s Kitchen, a charity that delivers free meals to local AIDS and cancer patients.
Diehard hotties can get a SRIRACHAHOLIC VIP PASS, which includes tickets to the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Sriracha Festival on Sunday, October 19, for just $160, including one-hour early admission and guaranteed seating at both events.
The Sriracha Cookbook, The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook are available Amazon and at independent bookstores nationwide. TheSrirachaCookbook.com.
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