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Food & Spirits

Thanks to all who made 2013 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 275,000 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 5 and 6, 2014) with you next year!


2013 Food and Drink 

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

  • Pasta, salad, bread, nachos, cheese, gingerbread cookies. 

  • Gingerbread cookies are on sale at the Gingerbread House in the Organ Pavilion.

  • Donuts, cinnamon rolls, water, soft drinks.

  • In addition to pub favorites, Home Plate will offer a selection of "Team Pleasers" Ballpark foods: hot dogs, sausages, burgers, chili, nachos, popcorn, sweets and more. Also an Espresso bar serving Irish coffees and hot toddy's. 

  • USA

    Hot Dogs, Beans, Cakes, Pies


    Sausage Sandwich, Sausage Rolls Sugar Cookies,


    Potato Salad. Sauerkraut, Strudel & Cake


    Eggrolls, Potstickers, Shaved Ice, Boba Milk Tea


    Empanadas, Carne Asada, Beef Turnover


    Sandwiches, Pastries, Coffee, Soft Drinks


    Æbleskiver, Hot Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate and Coffee


    Shepherd's Pie, Ribeye Sandwiches, HP Sauce, Soft Drink


    Pea Soup, Smoked Salmon, Potato Salad, Blueberry Soup


    Pastries, Quiches, Soft Drink


    BBQ Sausage, Potato Salad, Lemonade, Cake


    Sausage, Sauerkraut, Fried Bread, Pancake, Pasties, Soft Drink


    Basmati Rice, Naan Bread, Chicken or Vegetable Curry, Samosas, Chai Latte, Mango


    Chicken Kabob, Beef Kabob, Basmati Rice, Veggie Soup Baklava, Soft Drink


    Bangers/Onions, Pastries, Iced Irish coffee


    Kebob Plate, Israeli Salad, Hummus, Burekas, Soft Drink


    Ice Cream, Coffee


    Lamb Shwarma, Chicken Shwarma, Kafte, Tabuli, Mousaka, Cheese Pie


    Carne Asada Taco, Aguas Fresca, Nacho Chips, Salsa


    Cheese Sandwich, Shrimp Sandwich, Fruit Cups, Soft Drink


    Falafel, Lentils & Rice, Hummus, Salad, Grape leaves wrap


    Fried Fish, Chicken, Rice & Beans, Cod Fish Fritters


    Rice & Chicken, Potatoes With Cheese, Peruvian Donuts


    Chicken Adobo, Pancit, Vegetable Lumpia, Rice, Turon (Fried Banana )


    Polish Sausage, Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogies, Sauerkraut

    Puerto Rico

    Rice & Beans, Beef Turnover, Plantain Turnover, Plantain Tamales, Soft Drink


    Meat Pies, Mashed Potatoes with gravy & peas, Desserts


    Paella, Water


    Pastries, Coffee, Lemonade


    Beef & Chicken Kebob, Hummus/ Pita, Baklava, Coffee/Tea


    Kapusla, Sausages, Vovenyky

    Spirits Garden


    Imported Czech beer & another from a San Diego brewery in a flavor competition!


    Koskenlorva vodka beverages
    Frank’s glögg


    Hungarian hot spiced wine
    Hungarian plum brandy (Palinka)


    Iranian vodka


    Beer: Guinness,Harp, Smithwick
    Irish Coffee w/Jameson’s

    Lebanon (FRIDAY ONLY)

    Lebanese beer & wine


    Ron Abuelo, Seco Herrerano, Carta Vieja, Spiked Eggnog, Cream Whiskey


    Pisco Sour and Pisco shots


    Coconut vodka shots & mixed drinks
    San Miguel & Red Horse beer


    Lvivske beer, Tastes of Ukrainian vodkas, Kozak coffe (warm vanilla flavored coffee with Ukrainian vodka)


  • The Cohn Restaurant Group and The Prado at Balboa Park are pleased to partner with Balboa Park December Nights as sponsors and operators of the 2013 The Prado Pub at the Square. The Pub will offer food stations as well alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The Chop Soo.ey Food Truck and the new Ms. Patty Melt truck (a partnership with the Cohn Restaurant Group and Chef Deborah Scott) will also be on hand for a new gourmet food truck experiences

    Garlic fries $3.00

    Green beans $4.00

    ¼ lb burger $5.00

    ½ lb burger $8.00

    Fish & Chips $6.00

    Hot Chocolate $2.00

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

  • Hot chocolate, coffee and pre-packaged food and snacks. 

  • Gingerbread cookies for sale on the Prado. 

  • Chili, nachos, hot and cold drinks, and desserts.

  • At the Spanish Village Food Court in the back parking lot:

    The Cravory - Gourmet Cookies
    Niederfranks' Ice Cream - Handmade ice cream
    Perky Beans Coffee - Gourmet Coffee & Espresso Drinks, Smoothies
    Poppa's Fresh Fish Co. - Fresh fish & shrimp tacos, Clam Chowder & Corn Chowder
    Seb's Panini - Fresh Panini Sandwichs & Crepes
    Devine Pastabilities (Torpasta) - Pasta Stuffed Italian Sandwiches
    The Welsh Baker - Welsh Cakes
    Swieners - Swiss Sausages & Raclette Cheese in Baguette
    Village Kettle Corn - Freshly Popped, Sweet Kettle Corn
    SVAC Cider & Hot Chocolate booth as well as soda and water booth

  • Popcorn

  • The Prado Restaurant: Enjoy lunch, dinner, or lounge menu with live music from 8:00-11:00pm. 
    Hours: Friday, 11:30am-10:00pm; Saturday, 11:00am-11:00pm.

    The Prado Pub at the Square: Adult-only area in the Plaza de Panama with cocktails, wine and food service. Menu includes: garlic fries; fried green beans; 1/4 and 1/2 lb. burger, fish 'n chips, and the Prado Cocktail Lounge.
    Hours: Friday & Saturday, 5:00-10:00pm

  • Special December Nights Menu:
    Elephant Melt (Angus patty, swiss & American cheese, caramelized onions & homemade 1000 Island)
    Spicy Jack 
    Bacon Cheeseburger
    Veggie Burger
    Dogs & Chili dogs,
    Chicken Nuggets
    Fries & chili fries
    Sliders: bbq pork, brisket or burger