Millbrae Festival Offers a World of Fabulous Food…Great Grub Galore!
Save your appetite for an international culinary adventure over Labor Day weekend at the Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, September 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Broadway. The big 48th annual street fair will feature many new vendors, taking your taste buds on a tour from the good old US of A to Mexico, the Mediterranean, Asia and as far as West Africa.
First-time participant Gorgeous Gorilla takes traditional West African recipes and infuses them with a California and Caribbean twist. Their oxtail chicken pepper soup is sublimely complex and their lamb, chicken, salmon and shrimp come with two options of jerk sauce. Also on the menu are dirty rice, coconut beans and rice, Caribbean salad, fresh strawberry lemonade and ginger beer.
Hot & Sizzling Grill takes a trip to Greece with lamb and chicken marinated in Mediterranean herbs and spices. They’re served in a pita or with rice and drizzled with yogurt-garlic tzatziki sauce. Handmade falafel sandwiches and sausages are other savory options.
Sonoma Teriyaki prepares dishes from many Asian cuisines, including teriyaki chicken-on-a-stick, vegetarian chow mein and Filipino lumpias (spring rolls). They have a second booth with fare from the far and near West: gyros, tri-tip tacos, quesadillas, garlic fries, and fried artichoke and zucchini.
Stick-n-Grill also offers foods from around the globe. Their rice bowl and noodle bowl come with a choice of grilled chicken or garlic-tossed fried tofu, both marinated in their housemade teriyaki sauce They also tuck these options into a spinach-tortilla wrap with rice and chopped greens. Or you can have your tofu deep fried, tossed with garlic and finished with sweet & sour or teriyaki sauce. Beef, lamb or BBQ chicken gyros are more options.
Mike Hutslar sticks with hearty servings of down-home American fare—half-pound smoked pork and beef sausages slathered with grilled onions and sauerkraut, along with curly fries and fried zucchini. Americana can also be found at Aroma Catering, with its seriously large tri-tip sandwiches and turkey legs, juicy burgers and fried calamari. They have a happy vegetarian following thanks to their sky-high Portobello mushroom sandwiches and irresistible garlic fries.
Gourmet Faire is famous for its fried calamari, made zesty with a Key lime marinade and topped with lime-watercress pesto. Even their fries are fancy, tossed with your choice of crabmeat or fresh garlic.
New to the festival this year is Gaspachos, bringing Mexican-inspired fresh-fruit hand-cut fruit cups and blended fruit drinks. Their signature gaspacho combines chunks of mango, jicama and pineapple with lime juice, orange juice and chili powder. Another offering includes watermelon, jicama and pineapple. You can also have them blend a single fruit or several fruits into a custom-made drink.
The Pure Juice Organics truck, also coming to Millbrae for the first time, uses locally sourced, organic fruits and vegetables for their cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Among their superfood smoothies are Matcha Vibration with macha green tea, mango, spinach, banana, dates and housemade almond milk; Wellness Warrior, with acai, strawberry, vegan protein, nut butter, banana, cacao, dates and housemade almond milk; and Peace-Taya with Pitaya (dragon fruit), strawberry, pineapple, mint, honey and coconut water. Green juices come with everything from kale and romaine lettuce to cucumber and collard greens. Carrots, beets and ginger are the core of their specialty root juices, which get some added punch from fruit or citrus.
Snowie Snow Cones of Napa is another newcomer to the festival, offering fun and delicious flavors such as wild cherry, blue raspberry, root beer, tiger's blood, lemon lime, and watermelon.
Shaved ice lovers get a special treat at Rainbow Snow, where they spoon into a layer of vanilla ice cream beneath their light-as air custom-flavored shaved ice. For a rib-sticking entrée, you can indulge in their grilled Colby jack cheese sandwiches on double-thick Texas toast, or a corn dog accompanied by addictive onion rings.
For more cool-me-down options, Real Cool Frozen Treats makes all-natural popsicles and ice cream sandwiches with local, organic, and fair-trade fruits, vegetables and herbs, using whatever is at the height of its season.
And what street fair would be complete without all-American corn? Ear-Good Corn Roaster roasts fresh ears all day long, with an additional offering of baked potatoes with toppings galore. Olde Tyme Kettle Corn comes back year after year with its kid-friendly popped treat, and now makes fruit smoothies, bubble teas and a mango sorbet topped with chopped fresh mango and a dash chili salt—the mangonada—the latest all-ages craze.