If you are looking for a fun and delicious way to spend your weekend, look no further than FoodieLand San Mateo. This is a three-day outdoor multicultural food festival that showcases the best of the Bay Area’s diverse cuisine and entertainment. Whether you are craving for Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, or American food, you will find it all at FoodieLand San Mateo. Plus, you can enjoy live music, games, activities, and shopping at this family-friendly event. Here is everything you need to know about FoodieLand San Mateo and why you should not miss it.
What is FoodieLand San Mateo?
FoodieLand San Mateo is part of the FoodieLand Night Market series, which started in 2019 and has been attracting thousands of foodies across California. FoodieLand San Mateo takes place at the San Mateo County Event Center, which is conveniently located near Highway 101 and 92. The event features over 190 vendors, including 110+ food vendors and 75+ merchandise vendors. You can expect to find a variety of amazing foods, such as:
- Fried chicken sandwiches from Hot Birdy
- Lobster rolls from Lobsterdamus
- Taiwanese popcorn chicken from Boba Guys
- Korean corn dogs from Myungrang Hot Dog
- Thai shrimp fried rice from Thai Taste
- Ice cream tacos from Sweet Rolled Tacos
- And much more!
You can also enjoy games, such as giant Jenga, Connect Four, and cornhole, or try your luck at the carnival rides and attractions. There is also a stage where you can watch live performances by local artists and DJs. And if you are looking for some souvenirs or gifts, you can browse through the merchandise vendors that sell clothing, accessories, art, and crafts.
When is FoodieLand San Mateo?
FoodieLand San Mateo is held on select weekends throughout the year. The next event is scheduled for July 1-3, 2022. The hours are:
- Friday: 3 PM to 10 PM
- Saturday: 1 PM to 10 PM
- Sunday: 1 PM to 10 PM
How much does it cost to attend FoodieLand San Mateo?
Tickets for FoodieLand San Mateo are $7 per person and are only available through Eventbrite. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Children under 5 years old get free admission. You can buy your tickets online in advance or at the event (subject to availability). Tickets are valid for one day only and are non-refundable.
Parking at the San Mateo County Event Center is $15 per vehicle and is charged by the venue. ADA/handicapped parking is available in the main parking lot. Alternatively, you can use rideshare services, such as Lyft or Uber, to get to the event. There is a dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone for rideshares near the event entrance.
What are some tips and tricks to make the most of FoodieLand San Mateo?
Here are some ways to maximize your time and enjoyment at FoodieLand San Mateo:
- Arrive early or buy tickets online to avoid long lines at the entrance.
- Wear comfortable shoes, sun protection, hat, and maybe bring a light jacket for the evening.
- Bring cash as some vendors may not accept credit cards. There are also ATMs on site if you need them.
- Divide and conquer with your friends or family. Split up to get food from different vendors and then share at the seating areas near the stage.
- Check out the event directory beforehand so you know what to try and where to find them.
- Follow FoodieLand on social media for updates, giveaways, and contests.
Why should you go to FoodieLand San Mateo?
FoodieLand San Mateo is more than just a food festival. It is a celebration of culture, community, and creativity. It is a place where you can discover new flavors, meet new people, and have fun with your loved ones. It is a place where you can indulge your senses and satisfy your cravings. It is a place where you can experience the best of what the Bay Area has to offer.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now and join us at FoodieLand San Mateo!