There are few things more “summer” than Stern Grove Festival, but beer and picnicking comes pretty close. This weekend, we’re teaming up with our sponsor Anchor Brewing Company for the first Grove Gourmet Picnic Contest of the 80th season.
Bring your favorite beer-inspired picnic to the San Francisco Symphony’s performance at the Grove on Sunday, July 9. First place wins a private VIP brewery tour and tasting for 8 adults at Anchor Brewery. Second place will take home an Anchor merchandise gift basket.
Come prepared with enough to share with our judges! Anchor brewers in white coveralls will be in the Grove to judge picnic spreads between noon and 1:30 p.m. Be sure to let us know you’re entering into the contest by sharing an Instagram or tweeting a picture of your picnic and tagging #sterngrovefest and #RaiseYourAnchor.
Not sure what to bring? Here are some of delicious recipes for Anchor Brewing beer-centric bites, courtesy of Chef Kenneth Hernandez, Culinary Engineer and Founder of Collective Green SF.
If you’re of age, you can find the following tasty brews and others with Anchor Brewing’s Beer Finder.
|Anchor Summer Wheat Potato Salad – Serves 10
3 12 oz. cans of Anchor Summer Wheat® 3 cups vegetable stock or water
3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes cut to medium dice
2 bay leaves
1/2 red onion diced and quickly pickled in red wine vinegar
2 stalks of celery diced
2 tablespoons chopped dill
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
4 oz. of mayo or vegan mayo
2 tablespoons mustard Salt pepper, mustard powder and paprika to taste
Lemon juice or red wine vinegar to taste
- Soak diced red onions in red wine vinegar for at least 1 hour.
- Bring Anchor Summer Wheat® and vegetable stock or water to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes with bay leaves. Add potatoes and cook until soft.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl (red onions should be removed from red wine vinegar), add potatoes.
- Add salt, pepper, mustard powder, paprika, and lemon juice/red wine vinegar to taste.
Anchor IPA Beer Bread – Serves 12
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 brown sugar or coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sea salt or salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon fresh dill
1 12 oz. cans/bottles Anchor IPA™
1 tablespoon lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or lime juice
1/4 Ghee, Butter or Vegan Butter
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees, grease baking pan (9” x 4.5” pan or similar)with preferred fat (ghee, butter or vegan butter).
- In a bowl or standard mixer add self-rising flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, garlic powder, dill. Mix until evenly combined.
- Add beer and lemon/lime juice or apple cider vinegar and mix until moist.
- Transfer dough to baking pan. Top with preferred fat (ghee, butter or vegan butter).
- Bake 40 minutes to 1 hour until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
- Top with fresh dill, herbs and sea salt.
|Anchor California Lager Kebobs – Serves 10
3 lbs. of boneless organic chicken breast
Chicken Marinade: 1/4 cup chopped parsley, mint, cilantro, basil; salt, pepper, lemon juice, red chili flakes to taste; dash of grape seed oil and 2 12 oz. cans/bottles Anchor California Lager®.
1 lb. red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch square pieces
1 lb. red onion, cut into 1-inch square pieces
1 lb. wild mushroom or crimini mushroom, cut into 1-inch square pieces
10 10-inch wood skewers (soak in cold water for up to an hour)
- Combine all ingredients for marinade in a large bowl, whisk until emulsified
- Cut chicken breast into medium size squares. Add to marinade and let sit for 2 hours (8 hours maximum)
- Pre-heat grill or oven at 375 degrees
- Wrap foil around bottom of skewers up to 4 inches (this will prevent skewers from breaking apart on grill)
- Skewer vegetables and meat in desired order (red pepper, chicken, red onion, chicken, mushroom, chicken, red pepper)
- Grill skewers on each side until cooked (internal temperature for chicken should be 165 degrees)
Liberty Ale Peanut Butter Brownies – Makes 3 dozen cookies (medium-sized)
1/3 cup Peanut Butter
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate roughly chopped
1/2 Cocoa Powder
2 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or fresh vanilla bean
1 1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup Liberty Ale®
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a bowl mix cream, peanut butter, butter, Liberty Ale® and a dash of salt
- Beat eggs and vanilla extract (or vanilla bean) until combined
- Add flour, cocoa powder and a dash of salt
- In a greased baking pan pour brownie butter and bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick test comes out clean.
All photos credited to Joseph Phillips Photography.
Playlist of the Week #9
We’ve got just over a week until the final performance of the 77th Stern Grove Festival. We’ve heard a ton of amazing music, ranging from all genres, raining in from all over the world. However, we’ve still got some amazing music to share with you, including this week’s Playlist of the Week, inspired by or related to brazilian superstar Sergio Mendes and fiery San Francisco band LoCura. Give it a listen and if you like what you hear grab a friend and a blanket and come on down to the second to last weekend of Stern Grove Festival. LoCura opens the show up at 2 p.m. and the show is, as always, admission-free.
In case you missed it…here’s a glimpse of Darlene Love’s powerhouse performance at Stern Grove Festival on August 10.
Darlene Love at Stern Grove Festival
Our friends at the historic Balboa Theatre are screening the Oscar-winning documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom, featuring the one and only Darlene Love.
After the movie, enjoy an acoustic set in the lobby with local all-girl group, The She’s. At the theater, you can also enter to win two VIP seats to Darlene Love‘s concert on August 10 at Stern Grove Festival.
The Festival is giving away three pairs of tickets to the movie. We’ll announce the winners on our Facebook page on Wednesday, August 6.
And don’t miss Darlene Love, headlining the concert on Sunday, August 10 at Stern Grove Festival!
Enter to win tickets to the movie screening here: https://a.pgtb.me/WGkgDR.
Click here for Darlene Love’s interview on KQED Forum.
Playlist of the Week #6
When life gets too hectic, when the world has got you down, good music can always be found.
This Playlist of the Week is inspired by the grooves and tunes of both a man who has been voted the best voice of our generation, acclaimed singer/songwriter, Rufus Wainwright, and our very own Quartet San Francisco. Listen below and get excited for this weekend, because this Sunday’s concert is, as always, admission-free. Click here to learn more about the artists, as well as the rest of the season’s lineup.
Playlist of the Week #5
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” -Aldous Huxley
The performers at this weekend’s concert, Vieux Farka Toure, Roberto Roena and Boogaloo Assassins, are the inspiration behind the Playlist of the Week. We’ve asked our staff to compile a number of songs that remind them of the artists. Listen below, and come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fania Records, featuring salsa great Roberto Roena and Los Angeles-based Latin group Boogaloo Assassins, along with virtuoso guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, this Sunday, July 20, at 2 P.M. at the beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove. The performance is, as always, admission-free. Donations are welcomed!
We regret to inform our Festival fans that San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera will not be available to perform during Stern Grove Festival’s 77th Season in 2014.
The San Francisco Opera’s orchestra rehearsal and performance schedule is fully committed this year, owing to an expanded season of ten full operas. San Francisco Ballet will be on a lengthy tour to Paris this summer and the logistics associated with the tour make it impossible for the Company to perform at the Festival. San Francisco Ballet plans to resume its engagement at the Festival in the summer of 2015 and San Francisco Opera will be reviewing its schedule to hopefully confirm a future date soon.
We value our relationship with San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera and know our fans enjoy their performances, as well.
We are looking forward to welcoming them both back to the Grove in future seasons and will keep everyone posted!