Jamaican Independence Day, Sunday Night Party at the Hester Street Fair

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It’s a double-header at the Hester Street Fair this weekend.

On Saturday, they’re throwing a party for Jamaican Independence Day. Sean John of Orchard Street restaurant, Spur Tree, will be cooking up traditional Jamaican fare ($10/per plate) and you can purchase Guinness bottles for $3. There will be DJ’s, including Rockers NYC, Jonny Go Figure, Deadly Dragon, Queen Majesty and Damon Degraff.

Then on Sunday, there will be a special nighttime version of the Hester Street Fair. Starting at 5 p.m., the guys at Black Tree (another Orchard Street mainstay) will be serving up blue fish tacos, Oysters Rockefeller and sweet corn with miso butter and hot honey (plates are $10).  Performances kick off at 6 p.m. with Miho Hatori (best known as the vocalist from Cibo Mato) and avante garde composer and performer Patrick Higgins. As the dun goes down, there will be a “visual and musical experience” with the collaborative project of Portland, Oregon based group MSHR.  Their live performances utilize a “unique system of light-audio feedback that employs hand made analog synthesizers and sculptural light interfaces.”

See the flyers for more info.


Hester Street Fair Hosts an Ice Cream Social on Saturday


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.

This year’s participating vendors include Ice & Vice, J-Rock’s Excellent Ice Cream, Il Buco Alimentari, Mikey Likes It, Noona’s and Tipsy Scoop. There will be a friendly/fierce competition. You can become a judge by purchasing a $10 “sampling ticket.” More info here.

Also on Saturday, there will be a sorbet-making workshop. The Hester Street Fair is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Here’s What’s Happening at This Weekend’s Hester Street Fair

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Coming up tomorrow, the Hester Street Fair is back in full swing. Here’s a look at the abbreviated lineup:

  • Scarrs Pizza will be churning out wood oven pizzas.
  • ComingSoonNY will be hawking a collection of contemporary art and design objects by emerging brands.
  • The Java Project, a contemporary art gallery in Greenpoint, will be having a flea style Art Supply Sale.
  • Artist Lizzie Bougatsos will be offering a Tag Sale of found objects, furniture, clothing.
  • Breezy Hill Orchard will be featuring their Cider Donuts and Hard Cider.
  • Workshops Essayer is doing two fun workshops adults and kids (including custom nail polish making).

The fair takes place Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. More info here.

Hester Street Fair Launches 2016 Season on Saturday

Hester Street Fair, 2015.

Hester Street Fair, 2015.

This coming Saturday, the Hester Street Fair will kick off its seventh season on the Lower East Side. The 2016 season will bring some new twists, but also a return to the local market’s roots as an entrepreneurial incubator.

As in the past, the fair will offer a mix of design, art, fashion and food. There will also be a new focus on workshops this year, and several special events on Sundays.

On the food front, you’ll be seeing newcomers such as EN Brasserie, the popular Japanese spot in the West Village; Scarr’s Pizza, the new retro slice joint on Orchard Street and Gordo’s Cantina of Brooklyn. Special theme days will include a tomato canning day, an ice cream social and “Watermelon Day.”  Plus, the crew is planning a Kosher cook-out, a Vegan Food Festival and a Jamaican Independence Day event.

We mentioned workshops. They’ll include Jaquard Products, offering hands-on marbling and tie-dyeing from artist Daniele Fraizer, shoe-making by Chickpea Kids and a fermenting class with chef Laila Gohar.

There’s a new team behind the scenes at the Hester Street Fair, joining co-founder Ron Castellano. They include Christina Yugai, Elise McMahon and David Komerek. We checked in with them a few days ago to talk about the relaunch of the market for 2016. They told us the goal is to celebrate local businesses (some of which the fair has helped launch over the years), while adding new vendors and programming from throughout the city. There will even be a global bent to some of the new programs. Throughout the season, they hope to celebrate some HSF vets who now have brick-and-mortar locations in the community. A new website will be launching soon.

The 2016 season will run from May 14th to October 29th, with Saturday markets from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and special events on select Sundays. The fair is located at the intersection of Essex and Hester streets.

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