The kids may be back in school, but it’ll still be foodie frenzy party time at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 8-9 on Castro Street. The best food vendors from around the Bay will be strutting their culinary stuff in the heart of downtown, transforming Castro Street into a fabulous al fresco feast of global cuisine.
What’s better than a decadent thick, buttery grilled cheese sandwich topped with bacon, jalapeno, tomato and arugula? Get over to the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen tent for one plus they’ve got crispy Brussels sprouts and strawberry lemonade.
Tropical Hut is always a festival fave with deliciously refreshing non-alcoholic blended piña coladas served in hollowed out pineapples and coconut shells.
Hot & Sizzling Grill goes Middle Eastern with its pita sandwiches filled with grilled chicken, lamb or falafel, lettuce, tomatoes and tzatziki. Their fusion-cuisine chicken tender plate includes fried mozzarella sticks and jalapeños.
Lemoine Crêperie, a beloved foodie fixture at the festival, prepares crêpes à la française, made to order with classic combos like butter sprinkled with sugar and hazelnut-y Nutella, or savory options like Swiss cheese with a grind of black pepper or a handful of fresh spinach.
Ear-Good Corn Roast offers sweet corn-on-the-cob hot off the grill, as well as super-sized baked potatoes with “the works.” The kettle pops nonstop at Sandy’s Pop Shop with everyone’s favorite sweet-salty popcorn treat. Olde Tyme Kettle Korn is another option for the caramel-y corn, as well as peanuts roasted in the shell.
Refreshing and deelish desserts can be found at the Frozen Fantasies booth, where frozen chocolate-dipped fruit kabobs top the menu along with tasty ice cream bars and whole-fruit smoothies.
Stick-N-Grilled has attracted a steady flow of fans year after year with its succulent skewers of teriyaki chicken, offered with an optional bowl of rice or noodles, or rolled with crispy veggies into a wrap.
Aroma Concessions celebrates the season with hearty tri-tip sandwiches, giant turkey legs, hot dogs, and garlic fries. Vegetarians will love their Portobello mushroom sandwiches and their fried calamari will satisfy anybody’s seafood cravings. Leave room for some of their crispy artichokes and zucchini.
The Real McCoy’s will be grilling a multitude of gourmet sausages, accompanied by fries with a serious sprinkling of garlic.
Corndog aficionados line up for the traditional and hot-link dogs at Gourmet Faire, where the homemade batter makes them extra crispy. They also offer addictive beer-battered garlic fries tossed in garlic-parsley pesto or topped with decadent crab aioli and Dungeness crab salad, as well as new sweet-‘n’-tangy Vietnamese fries. Plus a crab salad on a buttery grilled French roll with Bibb lettuce and green onions.
The folks at Indonesian Satay BBQ grill satays of chicken, pork, beef and lamb with the perfect balance of tang, salt and sweet.
Barrett’s Lemonade is always a popular thirst-quenching stop with its fresh-squeezed lemonade, plus blueberry lemonade and blended strawberry lemonade.
Another booth with a welcome cool-off option is the Mountain View High School Choir booth, where you may hear the teens singing Hawaiian tunes while serving up their 20 flavors of authentic shaved ice.
Trivia fans love discovering that former Mayor John McAlister is the owner of the local Baskin Robbins and is always on hand scooping vanilla, chocolate, jamoca almond fudge, mint chocolate chip and rainbow sherbet, as well as crafting their delectable root beer floats.