So many good things are coming back in April: tonight there’s Louie, Sunday there’s Silicon Valley and — oh yeah, IRL — there’s the Hester Street Fair. The outdoor food-and-fashion bonanza returns to the corner of Hester and Essex Streets on April 25 and they’ve given us the early word on new vendors. This year the fair will be Saturdays only, but to make up for the loss of Sundays they’re promising “a rotation of almost all new food vendors with more spots added to create a Hester Food Court.” Oh, and there’ll be TBA nighttime events, too.
Opening day will be dedicated to an “international food fest”: Kaya NYC, whose cart is familiar to those in Tribeca and DUMBO, will do Taiwanese street food including oyster pancakes, popcorn chicken, and both hibachi-style and fried squid; Bee’s Knees, the Kip’s Bay bakeshop, will offer cupcakes and salted caramel brownies; Cobble Hill sandwich shop Red Star will put together Korean fried chicken, pork belly, and Cuban sandos; A Tasty Theatre will offer Malaysian-style “agar-agar,” aka gelée, aka gourmet Jell-O; Field & Clover will be doing farm-to-table biscuits; Jersey City-based Baladi, currently a delivery-only service, will be using its Egyptian wheat bread, baked in a traditional open-fire brick oven, for grilled cheese and lamb meatball sandwiches.
Additional opening day vendors include Mindful Juice, Mom & Popsicles, chef Evyatar Lapidot, Deviant Chef, An Artistic Taste, Khao Man Gai NY, Zha Pan Asian, No Fork, Pop Karma, Bibingka-esk, Little Treats Brigadeiro, Especially Puglia, Jessy’s Pastries, Lundsberg, and Lots of Lemons.
Don’t worry, Hester hasn’t gone full Smorg — there’ll still be non-food vendors selling vintage jewelry, sunnies and all that good stuff.
Hester Street Fair, Saturdays from April 25 to October 31, 11am to 6pm at corner of Hester and Essex, Lower East Side.