Parol Lantern Festival Lights Up Yerba Buena Gardens for the Holidays

The 16th annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade lights up SOMA Pilipinas (SF’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District), Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Yerba Buena Gardens, Jessie Square, and St. Patrick’s Church, from 5-8pm. The parol lantern is the quintessential Pilipino symbol of hope, blessings, luck, and peace, during the holiday season, and can be found lighting up windows in Pilipino homes throughout the world. Community members and commissioned artists will create hand-made lanterns to display at this free, family-friendly event. The festival features a parol lantern parade, a gallery of handmade parols, with live music and dance performances.

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Isla Vida’s Wood Fire Rotisserie Grill, One Of A Kind In San Francisco

Isla Vida, the only Afro Caribbean restaurant in San Francisco with a custom built wood fire rotisserie grill, will open their doors for business on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 11am, in the historic Fillmore neighborhood (1325 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115).  Isla Vida’s menu is inspired by the islands, people, and lifestyle of the African diaspora. Pulling inspiration from New York, Miami, and Cuba, these places helped the Isla Vida team to re-imagine what soul food in the SF/Bay Area, and more specifically in the Fillmore neighborhood could look and taste like. Expect wood-fired meats like jerk rotisserie chicken, tostones, authentic Cubano sandwiches, made to order churros, plus Caribbean inspired smoothies and cocktails. Isla Vida is Chef Jay Foster’s exploration of soul food, the next chapter in his journey as a chef and restaurateur.

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San Francisco Makes Investment in Filipino Community’s Economic Development and UNDSCVRD Night Market

Kultivate Labs and SOMA Pilipinas are proud to announce funding to promote and celebrate San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District. The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development are supporting the economic development of SOMA Pilipinas. Together they have awarded $316,250 to help fund a seasonal night market and support emerging entrepreneurs in San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District.

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