Hester Street Fair Expands to Seward Park

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Ssam BBQ Debuts at Hester Street Fair

One of the many things we love about the Hester Street Fair, which launches for the season this weekend, is its function as birthplace for new food businesses.

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Hester Street Fair Set to Operate New Museum Cafe

The Hester Street Fair is teaming up with the New Museum to operate a cafe.

Hester Street Fair to Host Labor Day BBQ Bash

Our friends at the Hester Street Fair are hosting a Labor Day Weekend BBQ bash this Sunday from noon to 5pm. 

Hester Street Fair Kicks Off August Night Markets Tomorrow

This weekend the Hester Street Fair launches “August Nights,” a series of Saturday markets stretching into the evening hours on the Lower East Side.

Hester Street Fair Hatchlings Fly

In the current issue of our print magazine, we talked with Hester Street Fair food vendors who have gone on to success with permanent brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants. This summer, the weekly showcase of artisan food and crafts is set to launch even more new entrepreneurs, including chefs and bakers from an incubator kitchen in the Bronx who will be making their debuts at a special event during the July 20 fair. Click through to read the story.

Hester Street Fair Announces Opening Day Lineup

The Hester Street Fair is held next to Seward Park, where Essex and Hester streets meet.

The Hester Street Fair is held next to Seward Park, where Essex and Hester streets meet.

Our friends at the Hester Street Fair have released the lineup for opening weekend, a week from Saturday.  To kick off their fourth season on the Lower East Side, there will be 60 vendors, including more than 20 food purveyors.

A lot of old favorites will be back on April 27, including Luke’s Lobster, Daisy Duke’s BBQ and Little Muenster.  But there are also some interesting new additions Khao Man Gai (Thai street food), Chinese Mirch (blending Indian spices with various regional Chinese cooking styles) and the Deviant Chef (umami burgers, short rib & kimchi risotto balls).  Also featured: Rachel Mae’s Farmstand, which is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture on a membership basis. If you’d like to sign up for the CSA, check out Rachel Mae’s Facebook page.   On the fashion front, Coast to Coast Mobile Vintage will be on hand in their “tricked out 70’s camper.”

Signs of Spring: Hester Street Fair, CSA Signup


Here’s a sure sign of spring.  The Hester Street Fair is getting ready for a new season on the Lower East Side.  The food, crafts and vintage market returns to Essex and Hester streets Saturday, April 27.   It’s a little hard to believe HSF is beginning its fourth year.  We’ll have more on opening day in the next couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, time is running up to sign up for your local CSA.   The food cooperatives (Community Supported Agriculture) pay a regional farm to provide fresh produce and other items on a weekly basis throughout the summer. The Grand Street CSA has a final May 1 deadline. Click here for more information.


Hester Holiday Market Opens on Mott Street This Weekend

Our friends at the Hester Street Fair are kicking off their holiday market this coming weekend.  The month-long event, held at 233 Mott Street (Prince), features some of the fair’s most popular artisans and food vendors, plus “DIY” workshops, a holiday lights show, an open bar serving hot spiced wine and other wintry beverages, a petting zoo and Christmas tree farm. On Saturday at 1 p.m., you can catch the “Light-o-Rama” synchronized light and music show, followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 4.  The Hester Holiday Market is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. the next three weekends and every day the week of December 15th. Click here for a complete schedule and a full list of vendors.


Hester Street Fair Closes Out Season With Halloween Party

It’s almost time to say so long to the Hester Street Fair for another year.  This weekend’s finale will include a kid-friendly pre-Halloween celebration.  There will be pumpkin carving, a costume contest and (are you ready?) an exotic pug petting zoo.  Plus, there will be the usual mix of food and fashion.  Among the food offerings, Langos House from Williamsburg will be offering up its signature Hungarian pastries. For more information check out the full lineup. The Hester Street Fair is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, where Essex and Hester streets meet.


Checking in With the Locals at the Hester Street Fair

It was a nearly perfect fall weekend — ideal conditions for several community events, including yesterday’s Grub Street Food Festival at the Hester Street Fair. We stopped by before the biggest crowds began swarming the Seward Park playing fields, checking in with some Lower East Side favorites.

Newbies Dorie and Josh Greenspan, who recently opened Beurre & Sel in the Essex Street Market, were right inside the main entrance, offering up their addictive cookies.  Right next to the mom and son combo were our friends from Melt, the Orchard Street bakery. The Pickle Guys were on the scene, as well, along with Natalie Raben of the Lower East Side BID, who was getting the word out for next weekend’s Pickle Day.  Other vendors pictured (after the jump): Cheeky Sandwiches, Pop Karma, Sons of Essex, Brooklyn Taco, Knishery NYC and Family Recipe.