Kettle Corn sells big in cool Berkeley

Featured Image: Kite flyers competed in  a synchronized kite show at the festival. Photo by Avery Trigg

BERKELEY, CALIF. — As you walk up the hill, surrounded by endless rows of vendors you catch the smell of kettle. You look over and spot Ron Mallory of Kettle Korn moving back and forth in his tent as him and his business partners are busy popping slightly caramelized popcorn for the thousands of attendees.

Some of the hundreds of kites flying above the Berkeley Kite festival. Photo by: Avery Trigg

Some of the hundreds of kites flying above the Berkeley Kite festival. Photo by Avery Trigg

Kettle Korn has operated at the Berkeley Kite Festival for the past 12 years.

“We like it because it’s nice and cool,” says Mallory, adding that because kettle has to cook at 700 degrees, the cooler temperatures of Berkeley —- which was around 68 degrees and partly cloudy on Sunday —- keep his work space cooler. Mallory, a contractor in his day job, enjoys the kite festival particularly because he said he is “amazed at the size and length of the kites.”