Hester Street Fair Sunday Picnic and Egg Rolls & Egg Creams


Hester's Sunday Picnic PosterAfter spending yesterday inside all day at the TECHMunch conference, it was good to get outside and visit a couple of the many food events going on around town today.  This year, the Hester Street Fair is only on Saturdays, so the Sunday Picnic theme of today’s event was built around local food, games (ping pong, badminton), and lively music, with tables down the center of the market space to encourage hanging out and enjoying being outside while eating some great treats.

After that, a few short blocks away, the folks at the Museum at Eldridge Street were holding their annual Egg Rolls & Egg Creams festival, which celebrates the cultural diversity of the neighborhood.  Chinese and Jewish foods, games, and activities were available for families along with tours of the museum itself.  Seeing an egg cream on the side of a table of folks who were playing Mah Jong, just reinforced how amazing it is that all of these groups of various immigrants were thrown together over time and have created their own traditions.

Hester Street Fair Sunday Picnic

La Newyorkina signLa Newyorkina brought her tasty Ice Pops

Dora Coffee

Dora Coffee from the neighborhood

Guss' Pickles - full and half soursGuss' Pickles - peppersAs are Guss’ Pickles – another favorite

Dumpling DivaDumpling Diva getting ready to feed the crowds

The Jam Stand JamsIt was great to discover The Jam Stand with all their wonderful flavors

The Jam Stand - Dog Treatsand Sabrina and Jessica didn’t forget about man’s best friend, either!

P&H Soda SignHow could I resist stopping by P&H Soda Co. to visit with Anton and his brother?

P&H Soda - bottles for saleYou can take their syrups home to mix your own sodas

Or, if you can’t resist, you can get a soda to go – like this Hibiscus & Lime one

The Saucey Sauce Co.Another new fantastic product that I tried were these tangy and spicy sauces from The Saucey Sauce Co.

Macaron ParlourMacaron Parlour had a beautiful display as usual

Spatzi's GranolaI first met Spatzi’s Granola at Hester Street‘s opening weekend.  They look amazing.

Brooklyn Farmacy signTake one part Brooklyn Farmacy

Adirondack Ice CreamAdd a scoop of New York-made Adirondack Creamery Ice Cream

Ice Cream Float signand whip up a Farmacy Float!

CemitaSo that’s what a Cemita is – it looked tasty

Purple Yam - Chicken AdoboChicken & Rice from Filipino restaurant The Purple Yam

The Purple Yam - SaladAlong with this beautiful-looking salad

Peels s'mores cakeSo hard to resist Peel’s tempting S’mores Cakes and Graham Crackers

CurrywurstOr something rich and spicy – Currywurst from Clerkenwell

PoffertjesI did cave, however, when it came to the Poffertjes (mini Dutch Pancakes)

Poffertjes with powdered sugarKind of like little funnel cakes – they also served them with strawberries and cream

Daisy Dukes BBQAnd I also had this cool, hearty pulled pork sandwich from Daisy Duke’s BBQ.  The meat comes from his uncle’s pigs in Pennsylvania.

empanadas by La SonrisaI heard great things about La Sonrisa‘s empanadas

Arancini BrosI’ve also been a fan of Arancini Bros. flavorful riceballs

Teologist DisplayThe Tealogist had this gorgeous display and was serving hot and cold beverages

Mighty BallsMighty Balls had lots of meatball and sauce choices to match up

Mighty Balls saucesThey even had some of their sauces for sale

Les Enfants TerriblesLes Enfants Terribles was serving up some French-inspired treats including this raspberry chocolate mousse

Bruce Cost ginger aleWhich you could have washed down with these ginger ales by Bruce Cost

The Shaved Ice CoThe Shaved Ice Shop had photos of their gorgeous, delectable, sweet options

Melt Bakery displayBut, the guys from Melt Bakery had one of my favorites – the Morticia out today – so ice cream won

Hester Street Sunday PicnicWhich was best eaten at one of the picnic tables that were set up at the market

Hester Street Sunday Picnic bandWhile listening to some great live music from the Red Hook Ramblers

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Egg Rolls & Egg CreamsThen, it was over to Eldridge Street for the Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Egg CreamsWhere people mixed up Egg Creams

Egg Rollsand noshed on Egg Rolls

Making dumplingsKids got to make Chinese Dumplings

Jewish kreplahand Jewish Kreplach (here with a little help from dad)

Mah Jongand where you could see other examples of the blending of the cultures of the Lower East Side

Buon appetito!


  1. MJ

    Even though I am sitting at my desk having just finished lunch, I am hungry all over again! This spread looks amazing! How did you choose??

  2. Jackie Gordon Singing Chef
    Jackie Gordon Singing Chef06-13-2011

    Girl you made me so hungry with this post. I didn’t get to go to Hester St or Egg Rolls and Egg Creams, but now I’m having serious regret. Next time. Have you had the katz’s pastrami egg roll at Food Parc? YUM!

  3. The Experimental Gourmand
    The Experimental Gourmand06-13-2011

    @MJ – The Melt guys and P&H soda folks are always favorites of mine. It was hard to resist all the other great things, but the ‘cue won out b/c I was missing Big Apple BBQ this weekend!

    @Jackie – I haven’t tried that egg roll at Food Parc. That might mean a separate trip over there to check it out!

  4. Chelsea, Food Buff
    Chelsea, Food Buff06-15-2011

    Mmmmmmmmm. I NEED to have that Melt Bakery “Elvis”. Looks to die for. If you ever want company checking out any local events, let me know. I’m always game.

    • The Experimental Gourmand
      The Experimental Gourmand06-15-2011

      So funny! That was how I felt about the Morticia. The Lovelet (red velvet cake with cool, sweet-tart ice cream in the middle) is also so delicious! Let’s meet up and check out one of the markets soon.