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The Great American Food & Music Fest Rocks Mountain View Tomorrow

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Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, just outside of San Jose, will be the site of the national Great American Food and Music Fest. The one-day event kicks off on Saturday at noon and runs until 10pm. All ages are welcome.

Featured chefs are Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri, who will be signing books and presenting cooking demos. Local San Francisco chefs like Nate Appleman (A16), Nancy Oakes (Boulevard), Bruce Aidells, June Taylor (June Taylor Jams), and Chris Cosentino (Incanto), will also be participating. Learn to make your own jam, crab cakes, and hot dogs. Finally, hot dogs without pig's lips! Along with cooking demos, other activities include the SF Weekly burger challenge, a Grand Wine Tasting Tent, and a Healthy and Local Tent. Bands include Little Feat, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Marshall Crenshaw.

But this event is all about sampling regional American food from all over the country. Curated by Ed Levine, founder of Serious Eats, the festival will be serving up food from famous restaurants that don't normally travel outside of their neighborhoods. Dishes to look forward to are Katz's Deli Pastrami Sandwiches, Anchor Bar Chicken Wings, Tony Luke's Cheesesteaks and Roast Pork sandwiches, LA favorites Pink's Chili Dogs, Junior's Cheesecake and Oprah's favorite ice cream: Graeter's.

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Festival tickets are only $35. Your first plate of food is free, but the rest is all you. Plates average from 3 to 6 bucks. Upon entering, pick up "fast pass" wristbands. You add money to the wristbands at the stations and that is how you purchase the food and drinks.

Adding access to the Grand Tasting Wine Tent will up your ticket price to $90. Add reserved seating in the first six rows, Wine Tent access and an all-you-can eat wristband for a ticket price of $276 if believe you are able to eat and drink almost 300 dollars worth of food and liquor. Or go super-swank with VIP parking plus a meet-and-greet party with Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, and Little Feat. Just $526 for all the meat you can eat and all the Feat you can greet.