Come taste the world at the first annual Crossroads Community Food Fair!

 

Join us on Sunday, May 22, 2022, for a day of delicious hyper-local food and community fun as the talented foodpreneurs of the TPSS Community Kitchen pop up along Laurel Avenue.
Enjoy an incredible variety of sweet and savory foods and drinks from 15+ food businesses based in Takoma Park, including tacos, pupusas, pizza, empanadas, superfood bowls and salads, waffles, cold-pressed juices, baked goods, artisanal chocolate and cotton candy, and healthy snacks.
Live music with Mr. Gabe!

What: The 1st Annual Crossroads Community Food Fair!

When: Sunday, May 22, 2022, 10am-3pm

Where: Laurel Ave. @ Carroll Ave.,Takoma Park MD 20912

(opposite the Takoma Streetery)

 

Rain or shine!

 

 

 

Meet these hyper-local food and drink makers!

 

Spun Cotton Candy Art

At Spun Cotton Candy Art, we have vivid childhood memories of sugary pink clouds floating on white paper cones. Whether at Coney Island or the “Happiest Place on Earth,” cotton candy was the greatest treat of all — a rare confection, magical and oh-so-sweet smelling! Our team of talented Cotton Candy Artists has reimagined those beautiful “clouds.” Today, they bring joy to events throughout the country by delighting guests and spinning our signature jumbo cones, animals, and other fun shapes in cotton candy form.

Jessica and Darlene Powell, Owners

 

O’Boy Pizza & Ice Cream

We are a husband and wife team who share a love of Neopolitan-style pizza and ice cream “sammies” and want to share our creations with everyone. After working in the restaurant industry for over 15 years, our passion for pizza and ice cream led us to start testing out recipes at home for friends and family members. In 2019, we launched O’Boy Pizza & Ice Cream, a mobile food stand.

Come see us at our next event! You can usually find us at outdoor venues during spring, summer, and fall at venues like Windridge Vineyards, 7 Locks Brewing, Saints Row Brewing, True Respite Brewing, and Doc Waters Cidery. Follow us on Instagram to see where we’ll pop up next!

Stephanie Orantes and German Jarquin, Owners

 

Alcoba Coffee

I am an agronomist turned urban farmer and herbalist, born in Guatemala and living in Maryland for the past 35 years. Alcoba Coffee is a family business; the coffee beans come from the Jalapa Mountain Range in Guatemala where my brother, Donaldo, farms the land made up of fertile, volcanic soil. He then ships the beans to the US where I peel and roast them. Our coffee is available in medium, dark, and mixed roasts.

Jose Castillo, Owner

 

ELIX Libations & Sustenance

I’m originally from the Midwest (Detroit & Chicago) and moved to the DMV in 2009 to attend graduate school for school counseling. Beginning in 2013, I got into catering as well. As a child, I grew up watching my Trinidadian mother prepare food, and my curiosity was piqued by the ingredients, aromas, textures, and flavors I saw in my mothers’ kitchen! I fixed my first meal at the tender age of nine and have been hooked on cooking ever since.

I founded ELIX Libations & Sustenance (formerly known as Gypsy Diva Fresh) to provide a funm healthy mix of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, and dips.

Bev Coleman, Owner

 

El Sol

Originally from Guatemala, I have been making food from home in this country for many years. My restaurant, El Sol, used to be in Silver Spring, and now I run the same operation out of a food truck. I have also sold my pupusas and other dishes and fresh fruit drinks for more than a decade at Crossroads Farmers Market.

Candy del Cid, Owner

 

POWERUP

POWERUP herbal infusions was born out of a desire to help people live longer, healthier lives. With over 40 years of combined healthcare experience, we saw first-hand the cost and burden that chronic illness had on people and the healthcare system. Our infusions are rich and bold in flavor and formulated to enhance overall health and wellness using natural and organic ingredients. Our products provide support for heart and vascular health, promote healthy blood pressure levels, increase energy production, boost the immune system, and have powerful anti-oxidative capabilities. Invest in your health today as prevention is better and cheaper than cure!

James and Dorothy Okode, Owners

 

Charlie’s Empanadas

A native of Buenos Aires, I came to the United States in 2000. I developed a passion for cooking during my childhood and haven’t stopped cooking since. After working many years in different hotels and restaurants, I decided to open Charlie’s Empanadas so that I can bring a taste of my beloved Buenos Aires to the DMV area.

Carlos Aguayo, Owner

 

Sincerely Wilma

My grandmother, Wilma M. Hodge, first introduced me to pancake batter. Her passion was creating exquisite southern cuisine and it was a true expression of her genuine love for her family and friends. Throughout my childhood and early adulthood, I spent many hours shadowing my grandmother’s cooking techniques.

As a way of paying homage to Wilma, I made many recipes for family members and friends, and her batter was one that I could never make enough of. Years later, the demand remains the same. All of our batters are handcrafted with ten or fewer all-natural ingredients. No additives or preservatives.

Tamara Cole, Owner

 

Jalapeño Mexican Grill

We are a classic mom-and-pop operation, and we make authentic Mexican food as you might see on the street or in a white-tablecloth restaurant in Puebla or Veracruz. We source fresh ingredients in season from local farmers, and most spices and seasonings come from Mexico.

Our inspiration is our passion for this craft and we enjoy seeing our customers enjoy our food. Our goal in the near future is to have our own restaurant and expand the possibilities for growth. Our food is unique because we add the secret ingredient — love! — to what we do regardless of the effort or time it requires.

Ciro Fernandez and Araceli Lara, Owners

 

Little Bites Catering

Little Bites is a small catering company that offers a limited selection of Peruvian appetizers and desserts, as well as some Mexican dishes for private and corporate events in the DMV area. I take care of every detail of my products, I prepare everything by myself and strive every day to offer the best of myself in a professional way. Providing a personalized service that meets all the expectations and demands of my customers is my goal.

Miriam Perlacio, Owner

 

Roda Juice

The journey of Roda Juice from dream to reality was long and, like much of 2020, fraught with struggles, setbacks, and pivoting! When I immigrated to the United States over 15 years ago, I profoundly missed the fresh fruit juices that I grew up with in Mexico and Chile.

After opening Roda Movements in 2008, a studio dedicated to fitness, dance, and martial arts in Takoma Park, I hoped to enhance my customers’ experience by tapping into his love of fresh, healthy, 100% natural juices. I hope to move beyond the idea of juicing as a health fad and connect it to its cultural roots — specifically from my native Latin America.

Roberto Tapia, Owner

 

The Green Rooster

As a longtime local business owner — I founded The Still Point Spa in Takoma Park — I am excited to now also offer nutritious, plant-based food and drinks that are delicious and deeply healing to complement both the spa and other neighborhood offerings.

We offer superfood smoothies and bowls, salads, ‘moles (think: a twist on guac), medicinal elixirs, hot and cold froths, and more. We are working with local purveyors of vegetables, microgreens, granola, juice, tea, and more, with a mission to source as local as possible and support entrepreneurs in Takoma Park and Washington, DC.

Tori Paide, Owner

 

Zion Roar

After a year of exploration around the US, traveling the world, and spending time with family during the global pandemic, I realized the most valuable possessions were intangible. Ultimately this enhanced perspective led to the birth of Zion Roar in 2020. The hallmark offering of Zion Roar is a line of sea moss waters. These delicious drinks combine extremely high nutrient profiles with instantly craveable flavors!
 

Zion Roar’s customers have driven all the way from Virginia Beach, VA, to get their hands on these amazing beverages. Local folks can find them at the TPSS Co-op in Takoma Park. Zion Roar is more than a beverage company, it exists to be a sound to help wake people up to take their temples (bodies) seriously. Our tagline is, “Be Mighty.”

 

Alston Ezra Clark, Owner

 

Arcay Chocolates

We started making chocolates in Venezuela in a small corner of our home’s kitchen in 2006. Our master chocolatier, Anabella Arcay, quickly grew the business and gained international notoriety after receiving 42 medals at the International Chocolate Awards. In 2017, we relocated our company to the United States with the dream of sharing our mouthwatering creations with the rest of the world. As Hispanic entrepreneurs, it’s our pride and joy to represent Venezuela through our confections.

With more than 15 years of experience, we offer an exquisite selection of colorful chocolate bonbons filled with exotic flavors such as passion fruit, lemon basil, and blackberry cardamom. All chocolate bonbons are handcrafted in small batches using all-natural ingredients. Our goal is for our customers to experience the art of
chocolate.

Anabella Arcay and Dario Berti, Owners

 

Believe N Bread

We started with a dream, savings, and trust with our first tasting at Georgetown University in 2017. We specialize in organic and vegan savory/sweet quick breads, cookie bites, and pies. You can find our quick bread slices and cookie bites at the TPSS Co-op, Crossroads Farmers Market, NOMA Farmers Market, and Farmers Market SW. You can also order through our website and specify the type of sugar, nuts, and flour you prefer.

Being an entrepreneur has been extremely rewarding, with lessons always to be learned. We have met some fantastic people along the way and look forward to the future!

Tracey A. Tucker, Owner

 

Bèl Botanica

A native Washingtonian, I am a local chocolatier with a passion for cacao, creativity, beauty, health, mindfulness, food security, and community. My passion for culinary arts grew from watching my parents cook foods from around the world. That passion was fostered during culinary arts school in Hawaii, and then my imagination was ignited with visions of growing cacao, owning a chocolate shop, and crafting artistic pieces from cacao.

Bèl Botanica was formed out of my own unique relationship to food and sugar and my love of cacao. My motivation comes from my desire to learn, reach goals, realize my vision, and learn more about my Ghanaian heritage through the magic of cacao.

Saskia Sams-Yeboah, Owner

 

Cheryl’s Kitchen

Welcome to Cheryl’s Kitchen where “there’s always something cooking.” I started over 20 years ago when it seemed more fun being in my kitchen preparing holiday gifts than being in crowded stores in long lines of anxious folks waiting to make purchases. My holiday purchases consisted of one stop-shopping for 20 pounds of flour, 20 pounds of sugar, 10 pounds of butter, and bunches of nuts and eggs. Baked cookies, cakes, and nuts were packaged and shipped off to my family and friends

Year after year, my family, friends, and, neighbors encouraged me to think about selling my delicious nuts. And my answer was always — sure, right! Finally, all that inspiration paid off and I started Cheryl’s Kitchen, LLC. So treat yourself or someone else to some delicious and tasty maple frosted English walnuts, pecans, cashews, and a trail mix without frosting!

Cheryl Sloan, Owner