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Gone are the days when music festival fare was just a slice of crummy pizza or a hot dog to keep you vertical through the night. The options for food, beer, and wine at Outside Lands 2012 are good enough to distract from the main event. Santigold is now up against a limited edition saison beer made just for Outside Lands by Sierra Nevada, and the Heineken dome has to compete with fried chicken and waffles from Farmer Brown's Little Skillet. Tough decisions await, so check out our handy guide to top picks from Beer Lands, Wine Lands, Outside Lambs, Choco Lands and Taste of The Bay Area. You can do it all.
Location: McLaren Pass
This is also the first year with a tent devoted 100 percent to lamb dishes, all of them cyrated by animal husbandry expert John Fink of The Whole Beast. Daily pop-ups from Michael Mina's restaurants-RN74, Michael Mina and Bourbon Steak-will offer everything from Moroccan lamb stew to lamb poutine, all of it made with local, sustainable, all-natural lamb from Superior Farms in Dixon, CA.
Location: Hellman Field on the east end of Speedway Meadow
The wine tent will have a whopping 39 options this year. Zinfandel fans should hit the stand for festival newbie Turley Wine Cellars. Santa Barbara's Qupe will represent with a slew of Syrah, and Healdsburg's Preston of Dry Creek will have several organic options on offer. There will also be a kitchen sink installation with wines on tap: Free Flow Wines, Simi, King Estate, Cultivar, Rowland Tebb, Darcie Kent and House Band Wines on tap.
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