General Questions

When is Eat Drink SF?

The Festival is Thursday, August 24 – Sunday, August 27, 2017.


Thursday, August 24 – Taco Knockdown. 6:30 – 9:30 pm @ The Pearl 601 19th St. San Francisco, 94107

Friday through Sunday, all Grand Tastings @ Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Friday Evening Grand Tasting is 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm.

Saturday Evening Grand Tasting is 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm.

Afternoon Grand Tasting sessions are 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm.

VIP ticket holders get early entry 45 minutes before start time. 

Friday, August 25 – Friday Evening Grand Tasting. VIP entry 6:30pm GA entry 7:15 pm – 10:30 pm. @ Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Saturday, August 26 – Saturday Afternoon Grand Tasting. VIP entry 12:00pm GA entry 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm. @ Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Saturday, August 26 – Saturday Evening Grand Tasting. VIP entry 7:00pm GA entry 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm. @ Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Sunday, August 27 – Sunday Afternoon Grand Tasting. VIP entry 12:00pm GA entry 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm. @ Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

What is included in a single ticket to the Grand Tasting?

Eat Drink SF’s Grand Tastings are incomparable and your ticket includes everything (except merchandise if you want to purchase shirts). They feature delicious flavors and one of a kind experiences enjoyed under one roof on San Francisco Bay’s waterfront. Delicious dishes from more than 36 restaurants with exclusive offerings for VIPs, drinks from over 70 beer, wine, and spirits makers, demonstrations on the main stage and cooking demonstrations on the food stage, and expert lead beverage classes. For an even more highly-curated experience, our VIP ticket holders will enjoy access to a special area within the festival to relax (with seating and private restrooms), enjoy food and beverage offerings available exclusively to them, and early entrance to the Grand Tasting (45 minutes prior).

Are children allowed at Eat Drink SF?

No. No one under the age of 21, including children or babies in strollers accompanying their parents, will be admitted.

What if I have a dietary restriction?

We do our best to balance the menu options for all attendees. To allow our participating restaurants to showcase their best dishes, we don’t cater to specific dietary restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.

I have a restaurant. How do we participate?

All restaurants inside the Grand Tasting are members of the GGRA. This year, we will curate the list of 160 restaurants to participate in each Grand Tasting – everything from the Bay Area’s classic restaurants to the hot newcomers. If your restaurant would like to participate, please contact Yuliya Patsay at yuliya@ggra.org.


Please join us in our goal of achieving a zero waste event creating no landfill. Through our partnership with San Francisco Conservation Corp, all paper products will be recycled, all disposable silverware and glassware is made from corn resin and will be composted after use. We encourage you to arrive to Festival events via public transportation, carpool, walking, and/or bicycle.

How Do I Volunteer?
  • Sign up via our Volunteer Page. Select the shifts you would like to volunteer for, and enter your name, contact information and any other information you’d like to share with us about yourself.
  • If you are part of an organization that wishes to volunteer together please be sure to detail in the appropriate box and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.
  • If you are a previous volunteer from Eat Drink SF, we do ask that you please sign up through the Volunteer Page again so we can be sure we have your most current contact information and 2017 availability.
  • We are in need of Volunteer Team Managers who are passionate about Eat Drink SF and willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Volunteer Team Managers will help lead our teams onsite and acting as a hands-on resource. As a thank you for all those taking on this role, we have some special gifts of appreciation. If you are interested in being a Volunteer Team Manager please make note of this on the Volunteer page.
  • For all Eat Drink SF events, our volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.
I'm traveling from out of town. Where should I stay? What should I do?

San Francisco is an amazing place to visit at the end of August. Our partner, SF Travel, has great information for visitors about places to stay and things to do (when you aren’t indulging at Eat Drink SF, of course).

I'm seeking donations for an event or activity. Can EDSF help?

We would love to help! Fill out this form and let us know which EDSF Ticket Packages best help you meet your goals!


Driving Directions to Fort Mason

East Bay

Bay Bridge to Fremont Street Exit; on Fremont (100 yards north) take first right on Howard; left on Embarcadero & go 2 miles; left on Bay, about 2 miles. Right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. & sharp right into Fort Mason Center.

North Bay

Golden Gate Bridge (US 101) to Marina Exit; go 1.5 miles. Turn left at Buchanan & turn right into Fort Mason Center.

Peninsula/South Bay

US 101 North to 9th St. Exit; 9th across Market & left on Hayes; right on Franklin; about 2 miles. Turn left on Bay St, right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. & sharp right into Fort Mason Center

Public Transportation

For More Information:

Bay Area-Wide: www.511.org or call 817-1717 or 511 from any area code

East Bay BART: www.bart.gov (510) 465-2278

North Bay Golden Gate Transit: 
www.goldengate.org (415) 455-2000
Peninsula/South Bay CalTrain: 
www.caltrain.com (800) 660-4287
San Francisco MUNI: 
www.sfmuni.com (415) 673-6864


Fort Mason Parking

There is parking on campus, for a minimal charge, which supports the preservation and restoration of the buildings. However, parking can be limited, in particular on Friday evening. We encourage guests to take public transportation or a car service, when possible. As this is an event with alcohol, we wish to remind you to NEVER EVER EVER drink and drive.

Lombard Garage

The Lombard Garage is located at 2055 Lombard (between Webster & Fillmore Street). It is approximately a 15 minute walk to Festival Pavilion. As this is an event with alcohol, we wish to remind you to NEVER EVER EVER drink and drive.

Street Parking

We won’t tell you it will be easy. There’s no way of guaranteeing that. But we have heard it can be done. And if you like to roll the dice, there are streets nearby that allow for parking. As this is an event with alcohol, we wish to remind you to NEVER EVER EVER drink and drive.