What do you get when you mix thousands of fans of electronic dance music with thousands of fans of fabled chili sauce Sriracha? Hilarity may ensue; heartburn is almost a certainty. But we will find out Saturday as the Electronic Sriracha Festival takes over St. James Park in downtown San Jose.
The Thai chili sauce has legions of fans -- you might recall the panic that took place last year when its Southern California factory was shut down because of the noxious odors (the factory has since reopened). And the park will be filled with about 40 food trucks and tents serving up dishes made or topped with it. Dishes and drinks all are supposed to be priced at $6 or less.
Ryan Sebastian, the driving force behind this and San Jose's bacon and taco festivals, toured the factory and had bottles of the hot stuff customized with the festival's logo on it for the first 8,000 people.
But the real secret ingredient of the festival is DJ John Beaver, who has built up his own following by performing at the Coachella music festival and clubs throughout the Bay Area. He's curating the dance party, which will feature 24 DJs and musicians on three stages in the park from noon to 8 p.m. Given that it will be barely dark when the festival closes down, early reports of it being a massive Day-Glo raid appear to be unlikely.
The festival also just added a component Sunday: a 2 p.m. screening of Griffin Hammond's documentary, "Sriracha," plus a Q&A session with Randy Clemens, author of "The Sriracha Cookbook." Check out the music and food lineup and purchase tickets at www.esf14.eventbrite.com.
GARDEN PARTY FOR GOOD: Marthin and Karin De Beer opened their Los Gatos home to nearly 250 people Sunday for Cancer CAREpoint's second annual gala. The all-star guest list included BusinessWire founder and philanthropist Lorry Lokey; Cancer CAREpoint board chairwoman Allison Jones Thomson; and Caroline Lee, a Los Gatos resident who was a winner on ABC reality show "Wipeout" before being diagnosed with colon cancer.
When it comes to beating cancer, Cancer CAREpoint appears to be a neutral territory for health care providers. The gala included sponsors and top-level execs from Good Samaritan, Regional Medical Center, Stanford, Kaiser Permanente and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. That last group was represented by Paula Reed, its director of oncology and infusion services. She brought along her husband, Chuck, who I've heard works for the city of San Jose.