Peck Slip Pickle Festival Goes On as Planned Sunday

Hurricane Sandy battered the historic Seaport area, flooding many shops and restaurants, and displacing a lot of residents.   On Sunday, the neighborhood will receive a much-needed boost when the Peck Slip Pickle Festival goes on as planned at the New Amsterdam Market.

Last night, we talked with Robert LaValva, the founder of the market, about the tough times being experienced by local businesses, and about this weekend’s event.  On November 4, the New Amsterdam Market sponsored a volunteer day; 250 people came out to assist the Seaport neighborhood with recovery efforts.

LaValva said he sees the Pickle Festival as a great opportunity to support the community. “We felt it was even more important to go ahead with the Pickle Festival now” than before the storm hit, he said.  LaValva added that some of the vendors taking part on Sunday were scheduled to be involved in the Lower East Side’s pickle festival, which was cancelled due to the hurricane.   The Peck Slip event, which is still evolving, is envisioned as an international showcase, celebrating not only Eastern European pickling traditions but those of other cultures as well.  On Sunday, for example, Chinese and Persian pickle purveyors will be represented.

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A few food headlines from around the neighborhood today:

  • The New Amsterdam Market holds its first Peck Slip Pickle Festival on Sunday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. On tap: 75 vendor stalls, including 20 serving pickled and fermented products, three regional beers, a talk by Mimi Sheraton on pickles and bialys and more.
  • The Village Voice‘s Fork in the Road blog samples the fare at Masala Wala, new on Essex Street.
  • The East Village’s pizzeria boom continues: Chef Michael White (of Marea and Ai Fiori) talks to the NYT’s Flo Fab about plans for Nicoletta, his new pie place on Second Avenue at 10th Street.
  • Metromix checks in on LES newcomers Viktor & Spoils and Grit ‘N’ Glory.
  • If you didn’t get enough Nom Wah news here yesterday, check out the lovely profile of the historic dim sum parlor Amanda Kludt wrote for Eater.