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Off The Grid is launching its first Contra Costa County market in El Cerrito this week. Photo: Kate Geraets/CC

Food trucks are coming to El Cerrito with the announcement that Off the Grid, the San Francisco-based street food outfit, is opening a new market there this week.

Starting Wednesday, Off the Grid will set up a rotation of 10 trucks on Fairmount Avenue between San Pablo Avenue and Carlson Boulevard, from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

El Cerrito is OTG’s first market in Contra Costa County, and follows close on the heels of a new lunchtime market that started last week in Emeryville (on Haven St. between Park Ave. and 40th St. near Emeryville City Hall).

Lomo Saltado from Sanguchon, one of the trucks coming to new El Cerrito Off The Grid market. Photo: Sanguchon

Launch day at El Cerrito will see the following line-up: KoJa Kitchen, Whip Out!, An the Go, Blue Saigon, Go Streatery, Kung Fu Tacos, Sanguchon, Twister Truck, Tandoori Chicken USA, and Kara’s Cupcakes. There will aslo be live music and seating.

El Cerrito brings the number of Off The Grid markets in the inner East Bay to four. In January the Lake Merritt market made its debut outside Oakland Museum of California, and runs every Friday, 5-9pm. There is a market in Alameda — Saturdays, 11-3pm at the South Shore Center — and one Berkeley market, on Wednesday evenings on Telegraph Avenue.

Off The Grid closed its first Berkeley market, which was located in the city’s Gourmet Ghetto, in December 2012 after local brick-and-mortar restaurants complained of unfair competition.

Off the Grid, which began operations in June 210, now runs 22 weekly markets in the greater Bay Area, and works with nearly 180+ vendors weekly.

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The new El Cerrito Off The Grid will be on Fairmount Ave. between San Pablo Ave. and Carlson Blvd. Image: Google Maps

Off The Grid launches in Oakland for museum nights (01.09.13)
Off The Grid says goodbye to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto [12.20.12]
Off The Grid makes its debut on Telegraph Avenue (07.13.12)
Why does the street food scene bypass Berkeley? [10.18.10]
Crowds turn out for Berkeley’s inaugural Off The Grid [06.02.11]

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