Presidio Picnic Returns This Sunday, March 31
Starting this Sunday, March 31, Presidio Picnic returns to the Presidio of San Francisco for its eighth season. This year, this free family-friendly event, presented by the Presidio Trust in partnership with Off the Grid, presents an exciting lineup of new and returning mobile food creators and cultural dance performances. The beloved community picnic is an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy this urban national park, and celebrate the food and cultures of the Bay Area.
Presidio Picnic takes place every Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm through early October on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, an expansive seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city and San Francisco Bay. In addition to the new monthly cultural dance performances, Picnic will feature the return of the other elements including more than 30 international food trucks representing the best of San Francisco's culinary scene, free bike safety classes for kids offered by the Presidio YMCA, nature-based arts and crafts for kids, lawn games, yoga from LubbDubb, music, and free bike valet by the SF Bicycle Coalition.
Set at the heart of the country’s most visited urban national park, Presidio Picnic opens on Sunday at 11:30 am with a very special welcome blessing from the Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, which honors the first inhabitants of the Presidio. Additional cultural performances this season include:
- March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing in their native Chochenyo language to open the season
- April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history
- May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance
- June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance
- July 22: China Dance Theatre celebrates the rich heritage of Chinese ethnic and folk dance
The rotating lineup of food creators this year’s Presidio Picnic includes:
Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages
- Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler.
- Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls
- Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco
- Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages
- Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients
- Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following
- Hot Bird: Nashville-style hot chicken purveyors
- Hula’s Sweet Treats: Pacific Island-meets-Philippines dessert favorite
- The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists
- Lamas Peruvian: Masters of Peruvian fusion
- La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico
- Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill
- Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.
- Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas
- Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar
- MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles
- On a Roll - Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors
- Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients
- Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max: The proclaimed “godfather of poke” delivers a true taste of Hawaii with island dishes and fresh fish flown in from the Aloha State
- Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods
- Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella
Presidio Picnic strives to be a zero-waste event and encourages visitors to show their love for the environment by participating in the “leave no trace” ethos. All food containers and service ware are 100% compostable, and a free water refilling station is available in lieu of the sale of bottled water.
For more information on Presidio Picnic, visit www.presidio.gov/presidio-picnic.
Photos: Presidio Trust
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