Presidio Picnic

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We spent yesterday at the first Off the Grid Presidio Picnic of the season. Every time we come to the Presidio, we leave wondering why we don’t spend more time there, so when we were invited to the Presidio Picnic, we jumped at the opportunity.

This was our first time at the Presidio Picnic. We learned from founder from Off the Grid, Matt Cohen, that there are a few notable changes from last year. The food trucks and tents have moved to the other side of the field, closest to the bowling center. This way everyone can enjoy the gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.


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We stopped in to see our friends at Rye on the Road. They handle all the bars and beverage stations. This is nothing like your typical festival concessions. Greg Lindgren and the team were mixing up delicious Bloody Marys, strawberry-infused juleps, mimosa slushies, and other high-end cocktails. We personally recommend the cocktail made with Sightlass cold brew, Irish cream, Irish whisky, and almond milk.


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We tried the paella and potatoes with spicy aioli from La Marcha and both were great, as well as the totopos con chile from Nopalito. Other things we heard were great were the pizzas from Del Popolo, whole lobster from Sam’s Chowder House, shaved snow from Powder, and wings from Wings Wings. We can’t wait to go back and try more.

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We also had the best handmade popsicles from Fat Face Popsicles on our way out– a mango and sticky rice for Sarah and an avocado lime for Clayton.

We recommend coming early and making a day of it. The lines for food get very long, so the earlier you can get there, the better. We’d suggest bringing blankets, sun protection, and picnic gear. We have this portable picnic table and love it. We also noticed lots of people with these sun shelters, which is a great idea. Even if it’s sunny, make sure to to bring a sweater or sweatshirt for when the wind picks up or fog rolls in. The Picnic is family and dog friendly, but dogs do need to be on a leash.

Thank you to Off the Grid and the Presidio Trust for hosting us for such a lovely day!


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