The sun’s out, 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.
East River between North 6th and 7th Streets
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: Big Tree Farms, Danny Macaroons, Chonco’s Tacos and Electric Blue Baking Co.
Madison Square Eats
The semi-annual Madison Square Eats market is back again on May 3rd. This go-round includes favorites from years past like Roberta’s Pizza, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Arancini Bros., Hong Kong Street Cart, and Macaron Parlour. Dream Scoops, Sunday Gravy, Eleni’s Cookies, and Third Rail Coffee will be making their first appearances. The market runs until May 31st.
Food Book Fair Opening Night Tasting Fundraiser
It seems that everyone has a cookbook these days, so it has been inevitable that a Food Book Fair would pop up in hip Williamsburg. During May 3rd, 4th, and 5th, the Wythe Hotel will host a wide variety of authors who will speak on everything from how to pitch to food systems issues. Naturally, it’s all being kicked off with an amazing foodie fundraiser. For tickets, click here.
What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a guacamole contest? The folks behind Nachos NY will be hosting their annual Guactacular in Brooklyn’s The Bell House all afternoon and evening on Sunday, May 5th with celebrity judges, musical guest, and of course, guacamole.
Queens County Farm as 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 5th, will involve sheep shearing, compost tutorials, baby animals, a spring plant sale, and, of course, food trucks. Admission is $5.
Village Voice’s Choice Eats’ food truck counterpart, Choice Streets, is back for the second year on May 7th. Just like last time, a gaggle of food trucks will be parked on the dock next to the Intrepid, serving up bites on a (hopefully) warm spring evening. last year’s vendors included Korilla BBQ, Souvlaki GR, Mexicue, Taim Mobile, Red Hook Lobster and Wafels & Dinges. Guests also have access to the upstairs flight deck. The event is sold out, but keep an eye out for contests and Craigslist offerings.
The food and music festival, Googa Mooga, returns for its second year, with bigger acts and the two-ton pig known as Hamageddon. New additions to this year’s food lineup include Brooklyn’s Gwynnett St., Pork Slope and Motorino. From Manhattan comes The Meatball Shop, Eataly, Craftbar and Joe’s Pub. Food is priced a la carte with general admission. The entire event opens Friday, May 17th and runs until Sunday, the 19th. Tickets are still available for opening night.
The 6th 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 four-day food fest, from May 29th to June 1st, honors Danny Meyer and Randy Garutti—two of the most important men behind Shake Shack—and will be hosted by Travel Channel’s Adam Richman and Food & Wine’s Gail Simmons.