Not only are food incubators like Union Kitchen and Mess Hall increasingly difficult to get into, they can be cost-prohibitive to many.

That’s where Festival Foods comes in. The first nonprofit food incubator, located in Adams Morgan, caters to an underserved demographic (1640 Columbia Road NW; 202-328-0072,

“Incubator is a buzz word, but the Latino population and minority food entrepreneurs can’t always afford them,” says Ani Klaus de Moraes, director of the program.

In addition to shared kitchen space (construction of which is set to wrap midyear), Festival Foods will offer ServSafe certification classes, seminars on how to start a food business in Spanish and free legal assistance.

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