It's Opening Weekend At The Hester Street Fair On The LES
BY NELL CASEY IN FOOD ON APR 11, 2017 1:19 PM
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It's the return of outdoor market season, with two big eat-and-drinking fests—Smorgasburg and LIC Food & Flea—both in full swing. This Saturday, Manhattan's Hester Street Fair also makes its 2017 debut, returning for its eighth season in Seward Park at Essex Street.
Hester just posted the calendar for its eighth season, which starts April 15, and it looks like there’s some fun in store.
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On a humid Saturday last summer, a young woman with a halo of curls put on a white cotton dress and set up a booth at the Hester Street Fair in downtown Manhattan. She wasn’t selling artisanal jerky or hand-painted pottery — what she had on offer instead, as advertised by a bright-blue sign propped against a vase of yellow flowers, was “peaceful and loving conversation.” A banner above her head read ARE YOU OK? “Honestly, it was inspired by Lucy from Peanuts,” recalls Cleo Wade. “She’s an icon.”
veryone knows about Hester Street Fair’s alfresco food-powered bazaar, but did you know the creators operate a holiday market at South Street Seaport? Shops goods from some of NYC’s best independent designers and artists through Christmas Eve.
The Hester Street Fair folded up its tents last month, but this weekend it’ll pop back up near the South Street Seaport– with bells on!
The Hester Street Fair wrapped its seventh season on the Lower East Side last month. But the gang has big plans for the off-season, beginning with today’s kickoff of a holiday market at the South Street Seaport.
SHOP ’TILL YOU DROP… Keeping in the holiday buy, buy, buy spirit, the HHC has lined up some of the city’s top indie artists, designers and moguls for a unique shopping experience: The Hester Street Fair Holiday Market. From clever children’s reads (Home Grown Books) to silly socks (Jimmy Lion), to fash-forward sneakers (Triesti), to chocolate to die for (Eat Chic Chocolates), you’re sure to find something for someone to wrap up for everyone. The street shops stay open daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., through Christmas Eve.
Created by New York artist Laila Gohar and producer Nikki Cohen, “Katz’s Miami Beach” is part of NADA, one of the indie alternatives to this week’s massive Art Basel fair. The deli occupies part of NADA’s Gift Shop, which New York’s Hester Street Fair was tapped to curate.
Remember when Max Fish bizarrely popped up at Art Basel? Now a version of its Lower East Side neighbor, Katz’s, has done the same thing. No, this isn’t one of the delicatessen’s artistic dalliances. It’s actually a bootleg Katz’s—a “reappropriation,” if you will— where portraits of art-world big-ups hang on the Wall of Fame.
Hester Street Fair Pop-up Gift Shop at the Deauville Beach Resort, 5-7 p.m.
Conveniently, Art Basel occurs just a few weeks before Christmas, which makes it the perfect time to stock up on gifts for your loved ones. The Lower East Side’s Hester Street Fair has long been a go-to for purveyors of unique foods, clothing and gift items, and organizers are planning the first ever Miami pop-up with items from Jimmy Lion, Shelter Serra, Print All Over Me and many more.
The designers handed out sandalwood fans to their usual crowd and cast of friends for a show at Seward Park.
Held on a steamy morning in the Lower East Side’s Seward Park (home to the Hester Street Fair), the show was staged just a stone’s throw from Eckhaus Latta’s studio. Despite the sort of mild fracas that comes with putting on a fashion show in a well-trafficked New York City park, once things were underway, the effect was an overwhelmingly placid one.
Pop-up experience at Hester Street Fair was awash in everyone’s favorite power color
For the seventh year running, Grub Street will take over the Hester Street Fair for our annual eating-and-drinking extravaganza. As of now, there are more than 50 vendors signed up — with more being added each day — and it truly is a celebration of the variety that makes the city’s eating scene so incredible.
It’s a double-header at the Hester Street Fair this weekend.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream– even Leo DiCaprio, apparently. Everyone’s favorite bear-attack survivor stopped by the Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social on Saturday afternoon.
Thank goodness Hester Street Fair is here to help New Yorkers celebrate with a smorgasbord of fresh batches of local and unique frozen treats!
If you’ve looked ahead to the weekend weather forecast, you already know we’re going to see 90 degrees on Saturday. This means the timing could not be more perfect for the Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social.
At Hester Street Fair’s annual ice cream bazaar, a $10 tasting ticket gets you tastes from all the vendors, including Ice & Vice, J-Rock’s Excellent Ice Cream, Mikey Likes It, Noona’s, and more.
The food line-up is particularly strong this year, highlighted by the excellent Black Tap Burger, which you can actually just walk up to and buy without having to wait three hours behind all those milkshake-snapchatters who clog up the restaurants proper.
The Hester Street Fair tomorrow is teaming up with Grub Street for “Beats & Eats.” Throughout the day, there will be DJ sets, lots of local food and beer!
If you're weary of the crushing crowds and non-stop selfies at Smorgasburg, Hester Street is an excellent low(er)-key way to spend a couple of summertime Saturday hours.
The annual Lower East Side market returns this Saturday. Much of the real estate goes to local designers, artists and boutiques, but there’s plenty of food as well.
Sunny skies herald the arrival of yet another seasonal food and goods market with the return of the Hester Street Fair to the Lower East Side for its annual Saturday encampments.
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.