Event – Lower Feast Side x Hester Street Fair Opening Day MAY7

UPDATE JUNE 6: Starting Sundays on June 12…

Hester Street Fair Invites You to Play Ping-Pong and Eat Pofferjtes

UPDATE MAY6: The Hester St. Fair kicks off its season tomorrow Saturday, May 7th – and the Lower Feast Side Food Festival is a big part of it.

It’s part of the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas going on downtown all weekend.  Half of the market will be devoted to food, and the other half will be filled with a shopper’s paradise.  Over 60 food and goods vendors will be there for opening day! 

WHEN: Opening Day—Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 10am-6pm.  The Hester Street Fair is open ONLY SATURDAYS, and as always, FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

WHERE: The Hester Street Fair located on the corner of Hester and Essex Streets. F, J, M, Z stops to Delancey and East Broadway.

FOOD MARKET: Arancini (Risotto Balls), Cheeky Sandwiches, Roni Sue’s Chocolate, An Choi, Fat Radish, Mighty Balls (Gourmet Meat Balls), Girl Next Door Baked Goods, First Prize Pies, Lucky Penny Bake Shop, Macaron Parlour, Melt Bakery (Ice Cream Sandwiches), Sigmund Pretzelshop, Herbin Spoonful (Caramels and Gourmet Sauces), La Newyorkina (Mexican Paletas-nominated for Beard Book Award), Bao Bing (Taiwanese Shaved Ice with Handmade Toppings), Spatzi (Homemade Granola), Milkmade Ice Cream, Dolce Nonna (Italian), Signature Blends (Tea), Luke’s Lobster, La Sonrisa (Empanadas), The Stand NY (Fresh Lemonade), Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale and Bao by Bruce Cost (Berkshire Pork Buns), Bocce’s Bakery (organic, natural treats for man’s best friend), Wonder City Coffee and Donut Bar, King’s County Jerky, and the Dumpling Diva.

All we can say is WOW!

More coverage from Racked here

Thx to Thelodownny for this…

SuChin Pak shares details of the Hester Street Fair’s opening weekend with Grub Street:

(The Fair will be) more food focused than ever, with over half the market dedicated to grub. In fact, opening day (May 7, from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.) is being dubbed the Lower Feast Side Food Festival. Along with thirteen returning food vendors, there’ll be fourteen new ones on Saturdays, including local restaurants like Fat Radish and Poco, plus the Fair is blocking off its Sundays for special food events and themed markets throughout the season, ending in October.

Here are some of the vendors you’ll see on May 7th:

Brooklyn Taco Company, founded by Erica Molin and chef Jesse Kramer, will use ingredients like Martinez dried chiles, papalo, pipicha, cilantro macho, and Mexican oregano to create tacos (and tamales!) such as the Chilorio Brisket and the Guaco Taco.

Mighty Balls will jump on the meatball bandwagon using local meat and “all-natural” sauces that are added when you order. Founder Dina Williamson was most recently a managing partner at a quick service restaurant in Grand Central, and her partner Kerri Brewer left the industry to become a food photographer a few years ago.

Fresh Ginger, Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost. Though it looks like P&H won’t be back this year, the void will be filled by the ginger ale that Beard Award–winning cookbook author Bruce Cost makes from fresh ginger and cane sugar. The Lower East Side resident will also introduce Bruce Cost Steamed Bao, including a “cha siu bao” that marries Berkshire pork with an authentic Hong Kong–style yeast dough, and a whole-wheat edamame and vegetable steamed bun.

Gisella Civale of Dolce Nonna will sell all-natural jarred goods that were inspired by her Italian grandmother’s recipes — such as marinated peppers, string beans, and eggplants.

MilkMade Ice Cream, which started as a delivery service, will offer two new flavors per month, starting with Honey Lavender Granola and Mint Chocolate Brownie in May, then Southern Sweet Tea and Rhubarb in June, and Earl Grey Pine and Strawberry Lemonade in July.

Herbin’ Spoonful Caramel Sauces. Texas native and Brooklyn resident Mackenzie Smith’s homemade caramels (made using organic cane sugar, organic heavy cream, and butter) will include flavors like chai (a mixture of organic cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, black peppercorn, fennel seed, nutmeg, cloves, bay leaves, darjeeling tea, and sea salt), habanero (containing organic habanero, jalapeno, serrano and cayenne peppers), and lavender (organic dried lavender buds combined with caramelized organic cane sugar).

Girl Next Door Baked Goods specializes in cookies and brownies.

Lucky Penny Bake Shop bakes chocolate-chip cookies and shortbread coins.

Flour City Pasta is a Rochester flavored-pasta-maker.

Spatzi’s makes granola by pairing, for instance, pecan with Mast Brothers chocolate and cacao nibs.

Stand NY will serve fresh lemonade.

Returning vendors include Arancini, Cheeky Sandwiches, Roni Sue’s Chocolate, Savirole Bakery, An Choi, Macaron Parlour, Melt Bakery, Sigmund Pretzelshop, Luke’s Lobster, and La Sonrisa.

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