About the FestivalForget about the gourmet ghetto! For sheer diversity and intensity of flavor, the West Berkeley neighborhood around the intersection of University and San Pablo Avenues can't be topped. This small area offers restaurants, markets, and clothing boutiques from over a dozen countries.
Recent years have seen an influx of a wide range of immigrants in this West Berkeley neighborhood where rents are slightly cheaper. Many have opened up clothing boutiques, restaurants and specialty food markets. Branded as Berkeley's new "International District," it has the highest concentration of independent and family owned shops in the City. And, it's home to the most ethnically diverse retail mix in Berkeley.
This year, the West Berkeley Neighborhood Development Corporation, in conjunction with the City of Berkeley, hosts the fourth annual Berkeley International Food Festival to celebrate community, diversity, and of course, food. With different entertainment locations, it will be a big party to welcome people to the neighborhood and give them a sampling of what it has to offer.
For the festival, several blocks surrounding the University and San Pablo Avenues intersection will be transformed into a vibrant festival site. Specialty markets will introduce foods and cooking products to new audiences. The many ethnic restaurants will offer samples and run specials. There will be food booths, music, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts booths, and sales at local import shops.
Festival stages will feature cultural presentations, music, DJs and dance from around the globe. Local community organizations will have vendor booths and tables describing their services.
So, bring your friends and family to the annual Berkeley International Food Festival and prepare to be surprised. You'll discover a revitalized neighborhood, a vibrant community and above all, a huge range of exquisite dining and shopping opportunities. See you there!