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Festival of Ideas StreetFest and Hester Street Fair Opening – Sat May 7

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The Festival of Ideas for the New City, which launched this past Wed May 5th, is a major new collaborative initiative in New York involving over 200 Downtown organizations and community groups, working together to imagine the future city and explore ideas and embrace innovation. The festival takes place in various venues in Downtown Manhattan through Sun May 8th, and includes a three-day conferences, a street festival, and over 100 independent projects and public events.

This Sat May 7 is the festival’s StreetFest: an innovative, minimal-waste, outdoor street festival. Over a hundred local grassroots organizations and small businesses with be there with art and technology projects, bike tours, gardening classes, cooking demonstrations, food vendors, and more! StreetFest will take place along Bowery between Houston St and Spring St and in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, and goes from 11am to 7pm.

Check out the full program, or if you have an iPhone, grab the official app for Festival of Ideas. There’s definitely an overwhelming amount of fun events, but I just wanted to highlight some of the food vendors and food-related activities that will be at StreetFest.

Things to eat include:

  • Brooklyn Flea Food
    Brooklyn Flea’s top food vendors serve their yummy, fresh street food for a little taste of Brooklyn across the river. Vendors include: Brooklyn Brew Shop, Choncho’s Tacos, Hot Blondie’s Bakery, Milk Truck, People’s Pops, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rick’s Picks and Thirstea.
  • FINE & RAW Chocolate Stand
    FINE & RAW showcases and sells local raw chocolate bars and truffles.
  • Kombucha Brooklyn
    Kombucha Brooklyn brews New York’s favorite kombucha using the same technology that has been used over the last 2,000 years. Fresh kombucha will be available on tap!
  • Mother-In-Law’s Kimchi
    Enjoy the delicious, complex flavors and the spice and versatility of our artisanal kimchi, made with the finest ingredients and chili peppers, as a complement to your next meal.
  • SCRATCHbread
    SCRATCHbread reps Brooklyn food culture with a menu of delicious seasonal bites.
  • Sweetery NYC
    Sweetery NYC is a mobile bakeshop serving freshly baked sweet and savory items, as well as amazing coffee, espresso, cappuccino, iced tea, and lemonade.

Food activities include:

  • Brooklyn Soda Works: Handmade Fresh Carbonated Juices & Artisanal Sodas
    Founded by a chemist and a visual artist, this Brooklyn-based company brings you inventive new carbonated juices, made with seasonal fruits and herbs.
  • Café Habana and Habana Works: Kids Corner presented by Habana Works
    Families can learn how to make a Corn Husk Doll using discarded corn husks, and then make a smoothie on Café Habana’s Human Powered Bike Blender.
  • Hot Bread Kitchen Br-education & Flatbread Demonstration
    A member of Hot Bread Kitchen’s team demonstrates how to make and serve flatbreads from her country of birth.
  • GrowNYC / Greenmarket: Jeo-Party and Market Cooking Demos
    Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, will educate fairgoers about locally grown food with their Jeo-Party game and a market cooking demonstration.
  • Food Karma Projects: Playing With Your Food
    Food Karma Projects & friends preview local sustainable food events of the summer. Showcasing Jimmy’s No.43, Hungry Filmmakers, Pig Island, Cook Out NYC, & Brewers Picnic on Governors Island.
  • Meatless Monday: Meatless Monday 2030 – Mission Accomplished!
    It’s 2030. Meatless Monday is elated to announce: Job done! Food luminaries and environmentalists join us in this tasty celebration!
  • Not Eating Out In NY: No-Food Processor Pesto with Park-Foraged Dandelion and Rooftop-Grown Arugula
    Author Cathy Erway offers a cooking demo using spring dandelion greens foraged from the city’s parks and spicy arugula grown on her rooftop garden to make pesto.

And if that’s not enough….

Sat May 7th is also the opening day of the Hester Street Fair in the Lower East Side and they are kicking the season with the Lower Feast Side Food Festival, in partnership with the LES BID and the New Museum Festival of Ideas.

WHAT: The Hester Street Fair hosts mini food festival on opening day! Plus, market will be open for shoppers looking for special hand made and collected goods.
WHEN: Opening Day – Saturday, May 7, 2001 (10am-6pm). Hester Street Fair open ONLY SATURDAYS. As always, FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
WHERE: The Hester Street Fair located on the corner of Hester and Essex Streets. F, J, M, Z stops to Delancey and East Broadway.
WHO: 60 food and goods vendors will be participating for opening day!

It’s going to be a fun-packed Saturday!

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