Hester Street Fair Returns April 26-27

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.

Grub Street Food Festival Returns to Hester Street Fair Sunday

The Grub Street Food Festival, 2011.

The Hester Street Fair and New York Magazine are coming together once again this year for the Grub Street Food Festival.  There will be almost 100 vendors spread across the Seward Park playing fields.  Some of our personal favorites, including Cheeky Sandwiches, Northern Spy, Family Recipe and Mile End are all part of the popular event.   The fair will also be open on Saturday as always.  You can check out the full food festival lineup right here.


Hester Street Fair Adds Sunday Fashion Week Feast

Simonez Wolf.

“Bon vivant, nightlife impresario and food lover” Simonez Wolf is hosting a special Sunday edition of the Hester Street Fair this weekend.  The Fashion Week-themed soiree will feature LES favorites Luke’s Lobster, Pushcart Coffee and Whitmans burgers. Aaron Sanchez’s Tacombi will be serving fish tacos out of a vintage VW van.  And there will be a beer and wine bar.  Head over to the Hester Street Fair’s web site for more info.


Summer Shopping (and Eating) at Hester Street Fair This Weekend

It looks like we’ll have nice summer temperatures this weekend, a bit cooler and perfect for getting out and about it the city.  If you’re in town for the weekend, the Hester Street Fair is offering up another great lineup from food and shopping vendors. Kimchi dogs from The Supply are back and It’s a Cuppie will be on hand with their tasty looking cupcakes with cookies inside.  Dealer’s Choice will be selling some unique costume jewelry and you can check out Astridland’s “architectural knit wrap dresses” and printed rayon pieces.  For a closer look at tomorrow’s impressive list of vendors, visit the Hester Street Fair site here.

Saturday // 10a-6p // Corner of Hester and Essex Streets.

Go For the Gold at This Weekend’s Hester Street Fair

Hester Nights celebrated the Olympic Games last week.

The Hester Street Fair is getting into the spirit of the Summer Games.  They threw a big Olympics-themed party last week at “Hester Nights” (held at the Eventi Open Air Plaza in Chelsea) and will do the same tonight.  The festivities head back downtown on Saturday, when the original Lower East Side version of the fair gets in on the action. There will be corn-on-the-cob and bbq rib eating contests, plus ping pong tournaments, burlap sack races and photo booths.  For more info and the full vendor lineup, check out Hester Street Fair’s web site.

A Very Soothing Hester Street Fair — in Support of a Good Cause

This weekend at the Hester Street Fair, it’s a new social initiative, “Hester Gives.” There will be all kinds of activities, including yoga, massages, screen-printing and interactive workshops.  Ten percent of the proceeds go to Community of Unity, an organization to empower students all over the world.

There will be 30 minute yoga sessions on the lawn at 10 and 11 a.m.  led by Khalsa Kaur, “a yoga instructor, Energy Healer and filmmaker who lives a nomadic lifestyle across the great turtle island.”  Participants must bring their own mat.  If you’d like another stress reliever, there will also be a massage chair at the fair.  Rockaways’ Veggie Island will also be at the market with a selection of fresh produce.  And there will be a live seed ball making demonstration.

There will be a full lineup of food, crafts and clothing vendors at the fair. as well.  Check HSF’s web site for details.