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Savor the World
: Berkeley Food Fest

The Berkeley International Food Festival invites visitors to take a culinary trip to experience the aromas and tastes of India, Spain, Pakistan, Thailand, Jamaica, Hawaii, Mexico and Central America. A Siliconeer report.

(Above): The third annual Berkeley International Food Festival features a cooking stage where Bay Area chefs will demonstrate how to prepare dishes from around the world, give the audience samples to taste and hand out the recipes. Last year, Chef Soni Bhati of Soni’s Supper Club in San Francisco demonstrated how to make samosas. [Som Sharma/Digital iVision photo]

In its third year, the Berkeley International Food Festival invites epicures to savor the myriad ethnic cuisines that West Berkeley’s International Marketplace has to offer. The festival’s title sponsor is Bayer HealthCare, based in West Berkeley with research, manufacturing, and sales offices throughout the world.

South Asia will be represented by a Sari Fashion Show, with South Asian DJs, belly dancing, and henna painting. In addition, samples of Indian food and cardamom ice cream will be available at Karma Corner (at University and Tenth Street).

“Take a culinary trip to experience the aromas and tastes of worldwide cuisine — foods of India, Spain, Pakistan, Thailand, Jamaica, Hawaii, Mexico and Central America,” says a press release from organizers. “The third annual Berkeley International Food Festival, which takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, showcases West Berkeley’s International Marketplace restaurants, specialty food markets and unique import shops, and will feature cultural activities. The International Marketplace has ethnic cuisines, ingredients to prepare dishes from around the world, gifts and specialty items you won’t find anywhere else in Berkeley. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find this wide of a variety of cooking ingredients within walking distance in any Bay Area city.”

The festival is a brightly defined promenade, fanning out from the intersection of San Pablo and University Avenues. Festival goers can visit eateries and food markets along the promenade for restaurant specials, chef cooking demonstrations, exotic food products and the utensils needed to prepare them, and the sampling of dozens of international dishes. Live entertainment, specialty food booths, community tables and amusements are featured.

The Berkeley International Folk Festival is free and open to the public at Freight & Salvage Coffee House. Freight & Salvage is on Addison Street east of San Pablo Avenue.

For more information about the festival, call 510-845-4106. More information is available at the festival Web site at: www.berkeleyinternationalfoodfestival.com.


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