Hot on the heels of Smorgasburg and the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Hester Street Fair is the latest weekend food-and-shopping extravaganza to announce details of it 2016 season, which starts this Saturday.
Among this year’s additions on the noshing side of things: West Village spot EN Japanese Brasserie will be doing fried chicken, Lower East Side newcomer Scarr’s will be serving up pizza, its Orchard Street neighbor Spur Tree will be charcoal-grilling jerk chicken and other Jamaican specialties (look for a Jamaican Independence Day event as well), and Gordo’s Cantina, a veteran of the Grub Street Food Festival (which will return this year), will be doing Mexican food. You can also expect a Kosher cook-out and Vegan Food Festival.
On the shopping side of things, new vendors include furniture/jewelry designer Elise McMahon and Lower East Side “plant doctor” The Sill, for all your landscaping needs. Plus, there’ll be workshops on everything from tie-dyeing to shoe-making to fermenting. The complete lineup of vendors hasn’t yet been released, so it remains to be seen whether those fried squid sticks will still be in effect. But we’ll post it here when we get it– or just stay tuned to the fair’s new site.
Hester Street Fair, May 14 to October 29, Saturdays from 11am to 6pm, at Essex Street and Hester Street.