Off the Grid Vendors Bring Holiday Cheer to Downtown Winter Wonderland
Two city blocks off Union Square — SF’s holiday shopping equivalent of Santa’s workshop — are open once again this year as a pedestrian-only wonderland featuring rotating food vendors from Off the Grid. The fifth annual Winter Walk, open through December 31 on Stockton between Ellis and Geary.
This year’s food vendors include Wezy (serving Bao and more), KoJa (Korean-Japanese cuisine in bowls, tacos, and more), Sensor Sisig (Filipino burritos), Capelo’s Barbecue (brisket, ribs, chicken, and more), and Jackrabbit Kitchen (sliders and sides). Sweets will come from 43 & Company (pies and tarts), Oui Oui Macaron (creative Macarons and cupcakes), and Ghirardelli chocolates.
Columbus Craft Meats, meanwhile, the event’s lead sponsor, is providing a 20-foot long, eight-foot high sign reading “Winter Walk” and featuring what’s billed as a “giant charcuterie board” with the letters SF burned into it. Yes, it’s built for Instagramming — ’tis always the season. For drinkable good cheer, there’s wine, beer, and cocktails from mobile bar Rye on the Road.
Last year’s Winter Walk, organized by the Union Square Business Improvement District, saw a reported 1.7 million visitors. The first such event was conceived as a temporary use of city streets closed by the Central Subway project, but its success has led some commentators to suggest that the block should be closed to cars year-round, even after the subway is complete. Counter proposal: It should always have salami