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Visit our new La Cocina Food Court in the park, with vendors dishing up something for every palate. Downtown Berkeley is also filled with fabulous restaurants, cafes and pubs to explore. See downtownberkeley.com for details!

Visit our new La Cocina Food Court in the park, with vendors dishing up something for every palate. Downtown Berkeley is also filled with fabulous restaurants, cafes and pubs to explore. See downtownberkeley.com for details!

Adjacent to M.L.K. Civic Center Park on Allston Way are delicious food options for all! The women of the innovative San Francisco-based food incubator La Cocina bring mouth-watering entrées to savor while catching performances on the adjacent Word Power Stage or lounging in the park and cracking open new books you just discovered. There will be an eclectic array of palate-tempting cuisine – empanadas, tostadas, ceviche, street tacos, Middle-Eastern flatbreads, falafel, Vietnamese-style kelp noodle salad and much more.  Complementing the La Cocina offerings will be a handful of mobile vendors serving snacks and sweets – crepes, kettle corn and more!

If you’re looking for a beer or glass of wine, the lovely Berkeley Repertory courtyard bar – Michael’s Second Act – will be open during the festival from 1:00 – 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday, plus snacks and outdoor seating. The address is 2025 Addison. There is also Eureka, located at 2068 Center Street, featuring an elevated American selection of craft beer, small-batch whiskey, regional wine, and locally sourced ingredients. For more options: www.downtownberkeley.com

On Saturday only, the Ecology Center Farmer’s Market is a festive, family-friendly, open-air marketplace where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods to sell. The market features fruits, vegetables, nuts, baked goods, jams and preserves, juices, olive oils, tofu, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. Several food vendors and trucks are also featured at the market. The Farmer’s Market is open 8AM – 3PM on Center Street, adjacent to Civic Center Park. BYO Bag!

La Cocina Food Vendors @ BABF 2019:

  • Old Damascus Fare, Berkeley, CA
    Proprietor: Batool Rawoas
    Fine cuisine from the City of Jasmine ─ Kibbeh, Sambusa, Babaghanoush, Hummus and more!
    The family left everything that they had in Syria. Their new life in America is not one that they ever planned to have. Nor one that they were prepared for. Food has been a connector to that which was left behind and a cracked door into the new world in front of them. Their food—rich, hearty and deeply flavored—offers an insight into their lives and their future.
  • El Meson de Violeta, Berkeley, CA
    Proprietor: Carmen Maturana
    Artisan handmade Chilean empanadas and South American Cuisine, mixed with history and activism
    Our vision for El Mesón de Violeta is to create a business with a strong foundation based on non-harming environmental practices where the community around us plays a vital role and where we can minimize unsustainable interactions with the ecological system and that way contribute to the healing of this, our only home.
  • Noodle Girl, San Francisco, CA
    Proprietor: Hang Truong
    Vietnamese cuisine, kelp noodle salad
    Americans are only beginning to scratch the surface of the depth, complexity and nuance of Vietnamese food. Chef Hang Tru’s family owned a restaurant on a small island in Vietnam that informs the cooking that she does today at UC Berkeley’s Student Union.
  • Los Cilantros, Berkeley, CA
    Proprietor: Dilsa Lugo
    Tostadas de ceviche
    Dilsa Lugo brings her vast experience in restaurants and farming to offer a selection of home-style Mexican dishes, all made from scratch, that highlight family recipes and the beauty of responsibly and locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Reem’s California, Oakland, CA
    Proprietor: Reem Assil
    Middle-Eastern bakery – breads, savory fare
    Reem’s offers the warmth of Arab hospitality through the discovery of flavors, aromas, and techniques of the modern Arab street corner bakery.
    We create the experience of home through fresh baked bread, using traditional Arab flavors and local ingredients, all prepared with California love!