The Brooklyn Flea isn’t the only weekly market planning to give its food vendors an even greater share of the spotlight. When the Hester Street Fair returns next month, it will be open only on Saturdays, and will reserve Sundays in part for weekly food-themed events. And perhaps as a way of emphasizing its new gastronomic focus, the fair will launch its new season by hosting the Lower Feast Side Food Festival.
The festival, which Hester Street is hosting with the LES BID and New Museum’s Festival of Ideas, will take place on May 7, beginning at 10 a.m. In addition to somewhat unfortunate wordplay, it will feature 26 of the fair’s new and returning food vendors. From the looks of the lineup below, the festival has developed a major sweet tooth. No word yet on what the fair’s future food-related events will entail, but they will doubtless involve large crowds and digital cameras.
Arancini (risotto balls)
Roni Sue’s Chocolate
**Mighty Balls (meatballs)
**Girl Next Door Baked Goods
First Prize Pies
**Lucky Penny Bake Shop
Melt Bakery (ice cream sandwiches)
**Herbin Spoonful (caramels and sauces)
Bao Bing (Taiwanese shaved ice)
**MilkMade Ice Cream
**Dolce Nonna (Italian)
**Signature Blends (tea)
La Sonrisa (empanadas)
**The Stand NY (lemonade)
**Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale and Bao by Bruce Cost
**Bocce’s Bakery (organic dog treats. Yes, you read that correctly.)
**Denotes new vendors.