Since Off The Grid launched it’s first food truck event on Friday nights at Fort Mason, it’s grown into a massive operation of traveling food truck pop-ups in neighborhoods all across the city. But one of its more unique events comes during the summer months and occurs every Sunday on the lawn of the Presidio.

Picnic at the Presidio is a unique gathering of food trucks and local restaurants manning food booths, selling munchies from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The crowds have discovered this weekly gathering, drawing families and groups of friends enjoying the weather (when the sun is out) or sheltering from the fog (when it’s not). No matter the weather, you can expect a festive crowd and a lot of eating options.

I visited for the first time a couple of weeks ago with my niece, and was impressed by the line up of trucks and food booths, which included a few from popular restaurants such as Chotto and Nopalito. The massive Del Popolo pizzeria truck also can be found parked there, and seemed to have the longest line. But most of the other booths had reasonable lines, making it a very easy going street food experience.

So if you’re looking for something to do this summer, especially when the weather’s nice, head over to the main lawn at the Presidio for a Sunday picnic with hundreds of new friends.

Picnic at the Presidio draws a mix of families and groups of friends.

Picnic at the Presidio draws a mix of families and groups of friends.

One beef and one chicken skewer from Slightly Skewered Asian Fusion food truck

One beef and one chicken skewer from Slightly Skewered Asian Fusion food truck

Rye has a large beverage stand selling brunch-type cocktails.

Rye has a large beverage stand selling brunch-type cocktails.

I had to get a Bloody Mary and Rye's version was nicely mixed and definitely on the spicy side.

I had to get a Bloody Mary and Rye’s version was nicely mixed and definitely on the spicy side.

The Del Popolo pizza truck had the longest lines.

The Del Popolo pizza truck had the longest lines.

Making sandwiches to order

Making sandwiches to order

Pork is always a theme

Pork is always a theme

I enjoyed this paella from La Marcha. It had a lot of flavor and fresh ingredients.

I enjoyed this paella from La Marcha. It had a lot of flavor and fresh ingredients.

These guys were selling coffee with coconut water.

These guys were selling coffee with coconut water.

The Sunday event has a few game areas for family fun, but many people just enjoyed laying out on the grass and chatting with friends.

The Sunday event has a few game areas for family fun, but many people just enjoyed laying out on the grass and chatting with friends.

 

3 Responses to Summer Sunday at Off The Grid’s Picnic at the Presidio

  1. Thuy says:

    On Thursdays they have a Picnic at the Park theme, they set up tents and fire pits if you reserve them ahead of time. Its pretty cool! But gets cold!

    • Ben Ben says:

      I didn’t even know about that! Thanks for the heads up. Sounds like a fun thing to do with the fire pits.

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    What a fun thing to do with your niece. The Del Popolo line is always formidable. One of these days, I hope to time it right to snag a pie without having to twiddle my thumbs too long. 😉