Sunday, June 19, 2005

North Beach Festival

Looking for something to do today? Based on my experience yesterday, I would recommend the annual North Beach Festival. Unlike many other street fairs in San Francisco this one really has the feel of the neighborhood. The chalk painting contest on Kearny between Union and Columbus is terrific, there is live music, arts and crafts and of course, food.

Without spending a dime, you can sample organic juices from Nantucket Nectars, fresh Mozzarella and Tomato salad from Precious Cheese and either nonfat or cream top yogurts from Brown Cow. Did I mention macadamia nuts? This year Mauna Loa is passing out little packets of roasted and salted macadamia nuts. It may not be a meal but add it all up and it certainly is a lot of good snacking. If you want something a bit more substantial, a warning, the food at street fairs seems to have gotten more and more expensive. You get a nibble of something for $6 a drink for $3 and may find you're still hungry. This year only one booth even features food from North Beach...

The other highlight of the festival is an appearance by world champion pizza tosser Tony Gemignani. Tony owns Pyzano's Pizza in Castro Valley, and he tosses pizza like nobody's business. If you've seen him on TV you know what I mean, if not, stop by the corner of Grant and Green streets at 4 pm and check him out.

The festival runs from 10-6 today. For more information visit the festival web site.