The food blogs (and The Lo-Down) have talked quite a bit about the food that you’ll find at the Hester Street Fair when it opens next month. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Fair organizer SuChin Pak told me, “we want to create a meeting space for the community — somewhere we can gather to eat, shop, connect and discover new things.”
The Hester Street Fair’s “home base” will be a “community space.” There will be bulletin boards, tables, demos sponsored by community organizations and information about projects on the LES and in the East Village. It’ll be a place where residents can get details about the fair, but also about lots of other neighborhood resources. “I see this also as an area where we can run volunteer or youth programs about entrepreneurial education or environmental activism,” Pak said.
There will also be a “family space,” featuring arts, crafts, theater, games (on a rotating calendar). They might even have kids’ yoga. There will definitely be a family nutrition booth from Silkstone, a sustainable food company located on Orchard Street.
Many of these ideas are a natural fit for Pak, an MTV correspondent and the host of the environmental news program G Word on Planet Green (Discovery). She’s planning the fair, along with prominent architect Ron Castellano, marketing executive Adam Zeller and Suhyun Pak, who works in Castellano’s firm.