Harvest Festival at the Ferry Plaza Marketplace

Boy this weekend is proving to be one of the busiest ever in San Francisco. From Friday Oct. 15 to Sunday Oct. 17 is the second annual Harvest Festival to take place at the Ferry Plaza Marketplace. Retailers will be having special discounts and treats for people to sample and try out.

I went to check the festival out earlier today for the Friday “Happy Hour”, and I have to say, that the treats are amazing. Check it out:

  • I had 6 fresh oysters on the half-shell for $5. That’s less than a dollar per oyster!
  • Recchiuiti Confections were giving out FREE gourmet chocolate samples. FREE. My favorite was the Fleur de Sel that has a bit of French sea salt inside. It sounds weird, but the chocolate just tastes so much… chocolatey-er with the salt in it.
  • Cowgirl Creamery was selling cheese sample bags for a pretty good price. You could either get the Red Hawk and Mt. Tam sample bag with a spreader for $10, or spend $18 for a Red Hawk, Mt. Tam, and Pierce Point sample bag that comes with a bag of crackers as well as a spreader. This is a pretty good deal, considering the three-sample package usually costs something like $65.
  • Charles Phan of Slanted Door was handing out free Vietnamese rice snacks, to help promote donations to the Farmer’s Market. Steamed rice infused with pandan leaves (It’s a type of fragrant leaf from South East Asia), is mixed with coconut, peanuts, brown and white sugar, and then wrapped in a large leaf for on-the-go passers-by. It was delicious, and takes me back to the night markets in Malaysia when I was a child. He said he’ll be there all weekend, so check it out if you can.
  • I also tried out the Harvest Festival special bento box that Delica rf1 was selling for $10 each. The salad and Osaka-style sushi tasted okay, but the star of the box was definitely the roast duck. Yum.
  • I then went and had a bit of a brisket sandwich and roasted veggie combo from Mistral and Potter Family Farms, as well as a profiterole from Miette and Ciao Bella. Both were relatively inexpensive, and delicious to boot.

Yes, I ate quite a bit there. But how could I not? Free food? Discounted organic fare? I’m such a sucker for that kind of stuff. There was also discounted wine ($5 a glass) that they were handing out for wine-tasting. I didn’t feel like getting too tipsy, so I held off on the wine.. but it certainly sounds like a good deal.

All in all, if you’re a foodie like I am, run, don’t walk, to the Harvest Festival this weekend!

For more information on special events and treats, go to the Harvest Festival’s website.

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