The Weekender

July 16-25th • Festival del Sole • Ongoing
Festival del Sole takes place every summer in California’s beautiful Napa Valley. The Festival features concerts by some of the world’s most celebrated musical artists, five-star cuisine, art exhibits, and wines from Napa’s top vintners, blended in a unique celebration of the art of life.

Friday July 23th • Food Truck Congregation • 5-9PM
Music, great food, beer, wine, and amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and Alcatraz?! “Off The Grid” is organizing this weekly cultural market. Participating food vendors include Peko Peko Catering, El Huarache Loco, Kung Fu Tacos, Azalina’s Malaysian, Hapa SF, Seoul On Wheels, Soul Cocina, Onigilly, Chairman Nao Truck, and many more. Get your grub on!

Friday July 23th • Friday Nights at the de Young • 6-9PM
Friday Nights at the de Young offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, poetry, films, dance, tours, and lectures. The cafe is open with a special Friday Nights dinner menu, and a no-host cocktail bar is serving drinks. There are art making activities for everyone. All Friday Night programming is FREE unless otherwise noted.

Saturday July 24th • Epicurious’ 3rd Annual Farmer’s Market Tour • 8-2PM 
Stop by the Epicurious booth at Saturday’s Ferry Building’s Farmer’s Market, where you can search for recipes on their new iPad app, sample chocolates, and pick up an eco-friendly tote (perfect for shopping the market)—all for free! Three local chefs will be present at the booth for live demonstrations and informational sessions on the  Chefs Move to Schools campaign, a healthy-eating initiative started by Michelle Obama.

Saturday July 24th • Make Fancy Brunch Easy • 2PM
Sunday Brunch has been a tradition at the gorgeous, venerable Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco for decades. Join Executive Chef Llapitan as he shares top cooking ideas from his spectacular brunch menu and gives a behind the scenes view of the incredible resorts he has worked for all over the world.

Saturday July 24th • Underground Farmers Market • 11-4 & 6-12
 The SF Underground Farmers Market is a venue where you can taste and purchase the food that is being produced in backyards and home kitchens in the Bay Area. At the early shift you be able to purchase “take homeables” like jams, produce, and soaps. The later shift will mainly be food that’s ready to eat.

Saturday July 24th • Salsa on Fillmore • 7PM
The evening begins with a FREE Summer Outdoor Social Dance. It is open to the public and all ages welcome. An engaging performance by Los Boleros Havana Dance Party fronted by Felix Samuel of Cuba and the Bay Areas own Alexa Weber Morales. Can’t quite salsa? Now worries… the FREE Summer Outdoor Social Dance includes a salsa lesson by the Best of the Bay award winners, Juan Gil and Rebecca Miller. Get there on early to take the lesson and be get ready for a night of dancing fun!!

Saturday July 25th • Chocolate Tour • 2PM
San Francisco is at the center of the new wave of artisan chocolatiers. They’re experimenting with high quality beans, new methods of production, exotic fillings and breathtaking packaging. Tour participants will learn about what makes fine chocolate and sample from a wide array of San Francisco gourmet chocolate boutiques. They will also get a Chocolate Lover Card to use on future chocolate shopping trips.

Monday July 26th • Riesling Week • Ongoing
During the week of July 26-August 1, the European Union and Wines of Germany will sponsor the sixth annual “Riesling Week,” a celebration of the diverse Rieslings from Germany, Austria and Alsace. During this week, restaurants in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Miami will offer consumers and Riesling enthusiasts the chance to sample different styles of European Riesling by the glass, by the bottle, or with a special pairing menu. In addition, wine shops will host European Riesling tastings throughout the week.