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Food & Spirits

Thanks to all who made 2014 Balboa Park December Nights so memorable!

 The co-producers and co-hosts of this classic San Diego celebration would like to thank our generous sponsors. We could not have welcomed 325,000 visitors to the Park over the two-day event without the support of these wonderful organizations. We would also like to thank the entertainment groups, the Park museums and cultural organizations and the many Balboa Park and community volunteers who made this festival so special.

We’re hoping to spend the first Friday and Saturday of December (December 4 and 5 2015) with you next year!

Take a look at some of the food highlights from Balboa Park December Nights 2014!

  • Also hosted by SWEA in the California Quadrangle: Traditional Swedish favorites include: Meatballs, rosettes (pastries), hot chocolate and glögg (hot spiced wine)

  • Tomato basil pasta, hot & cold beverages, snacks, desserts.
    Cookie decorating! 

  • Gingerbread, coffee, hot chocolate

  • Donuts, cinnamon rolls, water, soft drinks.

  • FOOD

    House

    Serving

    USA

    Hot dogs, chili, cakes, pies, cookies

    Argentina

    Sausage sandwiches, sausage rolls, cookies

    Austria

    Potato salad, sauerkraut, strudel, cider

    China

    Chicken & veggie rice bowls, potstickers, eggrolls, boba

    Colombia

    Empanadas, carne asada, beef turnover

    Czech-Slovak

    Sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tee

    Denmark

    Coffee, lemonade, water

    England

    Shepherd’s pie, sausage rolls, desserts, various beverages

    Finland

    Salmon temptation, ham temptation, pea soup, beet salad, rice porridge, Finnish donuts, blueberry pie

    France

    French onion soup, crepes, French pastries, beverages

    Germany

    Sausage, potato salad, lemonade, cake

    Hungary

    Sausage w/sauerkraut, fried bread w/garlic, crepes w/apricot jam, pastries

    India

    Samosas, chutney, Naan, rice, chicken curry, chole, vegetable curry

    Iran

    Chicken kabob, beef kabob, veggie soup, beverages, baklava

    Ireland

    Irish stew, pastries, bread, beverages

    Israel

    Latkes, Chanuka sufganiot

    Italy

    Italian coffee, cappuccino, latte, espresso, Cannoli, biscotti,

    Korea

    Bolgogi, Korean salad, rice, tea

    Lebanon

    Lamb & chicken shwarma, kafte, tabbouleh, moussaka, cheese pie

    Mexico

    Carne asada/ chicken/vegetarian tacos, nachos, beverages

    Norway

    Viking pea soup, waffles w/sour cream, beverages

    Palestine

    Falafel, lentils & rice, hummus, salad, grapeleaf wrap, beverages

    Panama

    Fried fish, chicken, rice & beans, cod fritters

    Peru

    Arroz con pollo, picarones (fried dumplings), beverages

    Philippines

    Chicken adobo, pancit, lumpia, rise, turon

    Poland

    Polish sausage, potato pierogies, sauerkraut, Polish donuts

    Puerto Rico

    Rice & beans, beef or plantain turnover, plantain tamales

    Scotland

    Potatoes with toppings, sausage rolls, desserts

    Spain

    Paella, beverages

    Sweden

    Pastries, beverages

    Turkey

    Beef & chicken kabobs, hummus/pita, baklava, beverages

    Ukraine

    Borsch, vareyky, sauerkraut, kovbasa (sausage sandwiches)

    Queens

    Pizza, pastries, root beer floats

    INTERNATIONAL SPIRIT GARDEN

     

    House

    Serving

    USA

    German imported beer, St. Petersburg Russian vodka, Spanish Champagne

    Denmark

    Gløgg, Eggnog with brandy, Aalbørg Akavavit, Jägermeister

    England

    Old Speckled Hen, Wychwood Hobgoblin beer, Fairbanks Cream sherry

    Finland

    Koskenkorva vodka, cranberry vodka smash, vodka/orange, Salmiakkikosso, Grandma’s slipper

    Hungary

    Hung hot spiced wine, Palinka (Hungarian spirits)

    Ireland

    Irish whiskey, Harp beer, Guinness beer, Smithwicks beer, Irish coffee, Bailey’s Irish Cream

    Israel

    Hebrew beer, Sabra, Aviv vodka

    Peru

    Pisco sours, Pisco shots

    Philippines

    Vodka, beer

    Scotland

    Single malt Scotch, Drambuie, hot toddy, Ballast Point beer

    Ukraine

    Ivivske beer (varieties), Ukrainian premium flavored vodkas, Kozak coffee

     

  • Traditional Japanese favorites include Yakisoba noodles, rice bowls, apple cider, and green tea. 

  • Brunch, lunch, and dinner menu offered, plus a full bar with more than 18 local taps of craft beer. 

  • Galileo's Cafe serves delicious food on the patio and inside the Science Center. Food items include: clam chowder and chili served in bread bowls, apple cider, coffe drinks, churros and more!

  • Nachos, chili, hot dogs, street tacos, churros, pretzels, popcorn/kettle corn, Mexican hot chocolate, hot cider, coffee

    21-and-up Beer Garden (i.d. required)

  • Roasted Chestnuts, Kettle Corn, Hot Cider, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Soda, Water

  • Hot dogs, baked potatoes, nachos, chili, baked goods, hot chocolate, soda & water. 

  • Hot chocolate, coffee, pre-packaged snacks.

  • Gingerbread cookies

  • Home Plate Cafe serves pub favorites and Ballpark foods including: Hot dogs, sausages, burgers, chili, nachos, popcorn, sweets and more.

    Also an Espresso bar serves Irish Coffees, Hot Toddy's and more. 

    The San Diego Madres outside the museum offer tasty homemade baked goods, chili, coffee, and hot cocoa. 

  • Hot chocolate and chili.

  • A Taste of Maine: Lobster rolls and lobster bisque
    Neiderfrank's Ice Cream: Handmade ice cream
    Swieners: Swiss wieners
    Torpasta: Warm, crusty bread filled with pasta and sauce
    Seb's Panini: Grilled sandwiches
    The Cravory: Cookies
    Taqueria el Sabroso: tacos and burritos (breakfast available)
    Perky Beans Coffee
    Village Kettle Corn
    Village Hot Chocolate and Cider

     

  • Cohn Restaurant Group and The Prado at Balboa Park are pleased to partner with Balboa Park December Nights as sponsors and operators of the 2014 The Prado Pub at the Square. The Pub will offer food stations as well alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

    The Prado restaurant will be open for no-reservation dining. 

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