Yacht Rock II: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market (San Francisco, CA)

Ahoy, readers!  San Francisco seems to always be bustling with people and events, and for me, that is one of appeals of a city that so urban and friendly.  During my short week in San Francisco, I had the pleasure of attending Yacht Rock II, a nautically themed cocktail and tasting event.  A joint event hosted by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) and the Northern California chapter of the U.S. Bartender's Guild (USBG), this fabulous (fundraiser?) event had the front of the Ferry Building hopping after work hours.  I was tempted to dress as a pirate, but alas, my limited traveling wardrobe didn't permit.

With eleven different sample-sized drinks and two full-sized Drambuie cocktails, along with some delicious nibbles from seven different restaurants, this was the place to be on a Wednesday night in the city.  My favorite drink of the night was from Bar Dogwood, made by Vita Simone.  I was very taken by the spicy cocktail, which had a hint of basil, one of my favorite herbs.  Their table concept wasn't lacking either, and was very fitting for their featured cocktail.  My favorite table concept of the night, however, was by Tango & Stache, which offered a cherrywood smoked pork shoulder on tortilla.  Their vintage nautical theme sold me, with dated books on the sea and their nibbles served on a record.

Tango & Stache had one of my favorite nibbles of the night, but the ahi tuna was also very delicious!  (Can't recall where it was from)  Everything that night was pretty delicious, including the tofu from CHAYA Brasserie, which was paired with kale and tomato.

My favorite summery cocktail at the event was the melon and raspberry with the Herradura tequila, which was a bit sweet, but perfect as a sampler.

For a lover of food and all things nautical, this was the perfect way to enjoy a sunny night in San Francisco!  From all the beautiful foods and drinks to the DJ/karaoke and bartenders dressed as pirates, this was definitely one of the highlights of my week.
Arr, matey! Pirates of Padrecito
A San Francisco favorite
That melon cocktail

Another favorite! Tofu from CHAYA Brasserie
Think this was Smuggler's Cove, which I've been meaning to visit! 



Tango & Stache 
Tango & Stache's pork shoulder



The Drambuie cocktails ended up being just mediocre; the one made with cereal syrup was a bit too sweet for our taste.  We finished the night with gelato from Cremeux Ex Machina, which is normally inside the Ferry Building.  The gelato had a nice mouthfeel, and I enjoyed the peanut butter flavor - but really, my favorite thing about them is their name.

Ticket Price: 40USD/person [5:30pm-8:00pm]
Rating: 4/5
Tip: Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market location (Normally open Tuesday, Thursday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-2pm)

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