Temps are finally warming, the flowers are blooming, and everyone’s gearing up for the upcoming food festival season. A few of these take advantage of the outdoors and all highlight delicious dishes found around town. By Siobhan Wallace.
This Williamsburg food market, born out of the legendary Brooklyn Flea, has already returned for the season. This market is solely dedicated to food, with stalls for everything from doughnuts to jam to Greenmarket vegetables. Held every Saturday on the Williamsburg waterfront (rain or shine), vendors from across the city are featured. Some of our favorites: Blue Marble Ice Cream, Bombay Sandwich Co., Landhaus, Masala Mama, And Dun-Well Doughnuts.
Madison Square Eats
The semi-annual Madison Square Eats market is back again on May 2nd. This go-round includes favorites from year’s past like Roberta’s Pizza, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Arancini Bros., Hong Kong Street Cart, and Macaron Parlour. The market is open daily between 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and runs until May 31st.
Queens County Farm has gone beyond being a simple petting zoo, making it the perfect location to celebrate the true meanings of spring. Their Celebrate Queens Farm!, happening on May 4th, will involve sheep shearing, spinning demos, hay rides, a farmer-led tour, a spring plant sale, and, of course, food. Enjoy live music by Savannah Sky and locally-made food by Queens County Market purveyors. Admission is $5 or free with Farm Membership.
Village Voice’s Choice Eats’ food truck counterpart, Choice Streets, is back for its third year on May 7th (Rain date is May 9). Just as in year’s past, a gaggle of food trucks will be parked on the dock next to the Intrepid, serving up bites on a (hopefully) warm spring evening. This year’s vendors include Korilla BBQ, Souvlaki GR, Solber Pupusas, Luke’s Lobster, and Dub Pies. Guests can also enjoy a free tour of the Intrepid ship. Only guests ages 21 and over will be admitted. The event is nearly sold out, so be sure to grab tickets sooner rather than later.
The 7th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side
Taste of the Upper West Side highlights the best of the Upper West Side, of course. This year’s food fest, from May 27th to May 31st, honors Daniel Boulud — world-renowned chef and owner of Daniel, Café Boulud, db Bistro Moderne, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Boulud Sud and Epicerie Boulud. Events will be hosted by Travel Channel’s Adam Richman, Butter Restaurant Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, and Broadcaster Jill Martin.