Spice of Life Festival Is Sunday October 17th in the Gourmet Ghetto


This Sunday October 17th, join in the fun and festivities at the 8th Annual ~SPICE OF LIFE FESTIVAL~, a five-block long food and art fair in North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. The event will feature cooking demos by local chefs, wine tasting and micro-brews, live music presented by the Berkeley Jazz School and Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, artist exhibitions and an interactive nature sculpture project, yoga and bodywork demonstrations, a farmers market, and lots of kids’ activities.

New this year will be about 15 Bay Area street food carts shaking up the culinary scene. The food emphasis is on sustainable sourcing and East Bay trucks, like newcomers Skylite Snowballs, but expect some culinary standouts from SF too, including Hapa SF and Let’s Be Frank. While you’re there, you can check out some new neighborhood gems, like Lush Gelato’s Argentine-style gelato and sorbetto, along with neighborhood restaurant favorites and pop-up vendors selling artisanal foods.

Chefs MikeC and Olivier Said of the Kitchen on Fire Cooking School will host a full day of demonstrations on the Culinary Stage, including some of the neighborhood’s top chefs demonstrating the Cal-French-Med trifecta of Gourmet Ghetto cuisine, like Todd Kneiss of Bistro Liaison, and cookbook authors like Vanessa Barrington of D.I.Y. Delicious and Jennie Schacht of Farmers’ Market Desserts.

Vintage Berkeley will host “Wine Tasting on Vine,” featuring top local winemakers pouring and discussing their wines along with live music. A silent auction and raffle of great prizes from local businesses will benefit the Berkeley High Jazz Program, and the student musicians will perform at the event. You’ll also get to enjoy art exhibits, a farmers market, and kids’ activities, which include eco-carnival games, a puppet show, a climbing wall, and more.

Event Info

Sunday Oct 17, 2010
Free admission
Shattuck Ave. from Rose to Virginia St.