Join us and start your weekend early as a new Mobile Food Vendor Market begins operations on Thursday - Sunday from 11-7 pm. Starting with a four day week long Community Market, which includes the weekend, we plan to begin the process to Rebuild America, by supporting local small businesses, food vendors, musicians and entertainers in your Neighborhood, all with COVID SAFE activity.
Foodie Village the new startup food truck events organizer is rapidly growing in popularity, has partnered with Park Merced Community Complex to bring food trucks to their first-ever outdoor Foodie Village market running every Thursday through Sunday from 11 am - 7 pm through September. As an added bonus on Tuesdays - Thursdays residents and guests can purchase some early day treats from the Foodie Village Travelin' Coffee Cart beginning at 9am. The Travelin Coffee Cart will host some of its specialty brands of coffee, gourmet tea and its delicious signature Belgian Waffles and Fruit Medley.
Be sure to come on down and check out the Park Merced event each week as we will invite more Vendors weekly, roaming performers and keep our food vendors cuisines rotating often!
Lets Start the Process and Build Community
Join us and start your weekend early as Oakland Pride partners with Foodie Village to bring a new Mobile Food Vendor Market Thursday - Sunday from 11 am-8 pm. Starting with a four day Community Market, we plan to begin the process to Rebuild America through highlighting local businesses and vendors while holding a welcoming and inviting LGBTQ+ community space with Oakland Pride. We are supporting Oakland local small businesses, food vendors, musicians and performers while practicing COVID safety measures.
A partnership of food, diversity, vendors and community
Foodie Village the widely popular and rapidly-growing startup food event organizer has partnered with Oakland Pride, the organization that brings over 50,000 to the East Bay's largest and most diverse LGBTQ+ celebration, to bring food trucks and local vendors to their outdoor Pride Curbside experience. Oakland Pride and Foodie Village are launching an eclectic market running every Thursday to Sunday from 11 am - 8 pm through October.
As an added bonus on Tuesdays - Thursdays residents and guests can purchase some early day treats from the Foodie Village Travelin' Coffee Cart beginning at 9am. The Travelin Coffee Cart will host some of its specialty brands of coffee, gourmet tea and its delicious signature Belgian Waffles and Fruit Medley. The Coffee Station will be located at 18th and Broadway.
Where it's happening
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What is the Virtual Village NetworkTM (VVN)?
By Foodie Ventures
The Virtual Village™ is a potpourri of Foodie Creatives (Mobile Food and Cottage Industry Vendors) offering their meal, Cuisine or product selections at one physical, “Virtual” location which allows the customer to access from a Website Ordering Platform or Mobile App. The concept of the Virtual Village Network™ is created...Read more.
By Foodie Ventures
Since we first began experimenting with this business model a couple years ago it has been an exciting journey. The more we talk about this space and learn about the multitude of features and benefits and how it can be implemented, we have come to realize the potential is huge...Read more.
Oakland Pride Partners with Foodie Ventures
A Growing Popularity
Foodie Village events have been well received and our events are gaining lots of momentum. We want to continue to grow our events and bring our customers the best from local small businesses and vendors. A new Mobile Food Vendor Market hosted by Oakland Pride is a great way to kick off the the fall season while celebrating our LGBTQ+ community.
The Current Challenge
Since the start of the pandemic and the subsequent stay-at-home order many mobile food vendors have been affected by diminished foot traffic and canceled events. Foodie Ventures has worked with farmers' markets to create events that both bring safe successful solutions to vendors and consumers alike.
In June, Oakland Pride announced that their annual 50, 000+ person festival celebrating the diversity and inclusiveness of the East Bay's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities would be virtual and no in-person mass activities would be held in September.
Our local, small businesses represented by mobile vendors needed customers to survive and our LGBTQ+ community continued to need safe and welcoming spaces.
Things Are Changing
Our Creatives and other Venue Partners are beginning to understand how they can play a vital role in the communities of our cities and counties. They realize it is a responsibility to enhance their local communities by working with Foodie Ventures to create these outdoor, COVID SAFE VENUES, aka FOODIE VILLAGE.
To coincide with their Virtual Celebration, Oakland Pride launched the "Pride Curbside" outdoor experience, a social distanced curbside cocktail venue where the LGBTQ+ community can gather as we all "celebrate-in-place."
An Optimistic Outlook
We look forward to working with Oakland Pride to bring a new concept and COVID safe solutions to Oakland's Uptown area while expanding the community centered experience that exists within Oakland Pride.
Oakland Pride Headquarters, in the heart of Oakland's Uptown District adjacent to Paramount Theater and Lake Merritt will host the outdoor space. Foodie Village is teaming up with Oakland Pride to offer food, meals, beverage and live entertainment at least throughout the week and weekends starting August 31, 2020.