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This Weekend’s Hester Street Fair Lineup

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Here’s this week’s email blast from the Hester Street Fair:

First thing’s first…we are hosting a SPRING CLEAN SALE for the families affected by the recent fire on Grand Street in Chinatown.  Local residents, hipsters, stylists and friends cleaned out their fabulous closets last weekend and it’s all on sale, this Sunday, May 23, with every penny being donated to the fire fund.  All week long you’ve been able to eat at some local favorite joints offering proceeds of sales and this is the final event.  I’m hoping it will be a big number after so many have participated and generously donated.  From never worn limited edition Reeboks to a full Iron Man 2 box set compete with helmet to lots of barely worn designer duds, everything is priced to GO!  Come shop, drop off stuff in the morning and support our neighbors in need.

We have almost 20 new first time vendors at Hester Street Fair this weekend…including the following:

In our FOOD section, some new additions are–SWEET JEWEL CAKE BALLS. By day she is a librarian, by night she bakes with passion!  Lê’s handmade approach to design carries over into her epicurean pursuits. Mirroring her omnipresent cherry red lipstick is the red velvet interior of her cake balls, SWEET JEWELS. Hailed by Daily Candy as the “belle of the balls,” Lê’s confectionery treats are created by crumbling red velvet cake into cream cheese frosting which is then dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut. The ultimate indulgence in a small, ball-shaped serving, these cake balls have been making a regular appearance at private events at Susan Sarandon’s ping-pong club, SPIN NY. Sweet Jewels were also the exclusive culinary treat for the opening of Todd Oldham’s exhibition “New Voices, New Works” at the Wolfsonian Museum, which made its debut at Art Basel Miami 2009. Lê’s latest project – a collaboration with Lipstick Queen Poppy King – is perhaps her most personal. Both women have built businesses based on products they wholly developed and love. A mutual obsession with creativity is the foundation for a partnership that will see Lê create new cake balls inspired by the latest that Lipstick Queen will have to offer.

Also in the sweet department, the best brownies and blondies you will ever have.  HOT BLONDIES BAKERY have been at our fair once before, but they’re back and they’re so good that it’s worth mentioning again.  Each blondie and brownie is baked in its own tin for the perfect crunch and gooey center.  They’re so good the girls keep them on ice to make sure they’re perfect as soon as you buy one.

We’re keeping it hot with our love of kimchee and we are happy to have Mama O’s, a favorite of many already.  They make kimchee in a traditional old-fashioned way. After the cabbage has been quartered and brined, the leaves are individually stuffed with a mixture of shredded daikon, salt, sugar, hot pepper flakes, ginger, watercress, and fish sauce. This is a very time consuming process versus pre-slicing the cabbage into bite size pieces and simply mixing with the other ingredients. After the quarters have been allowed to cure, they are cut into bit size pieces right before packaging. Utmost care is used to preserve the integrity of the each leaf so that maximum freshness and nutrition are maintained. Additionally, Mama O’s Premium Kimchee is a ‘raw’ food with nothing heated over 115 degrees.

As summer is in full bloom, so is the fair.  FLOWER GIRL NYC–a beautiful flower show tucked in a corner at Earnest Sewn in the LES, they will be making special arrangements and out of this world terrariums just for Hester Street Fair.

Also BELLE DE NUIT will have bouquets of her silk flowers to be sold in gorgeous bunches that will last long after the sun goes down.  They’re perfect works of art.

USE YOUR HEAD will continue our mission to shop for a cause!  They have an insane collection of gently worn designer duds from fancy folks with proceeds going to ACE, an organization that helps homeless in NYC find jobs and job training.

SUITE ORCHARD a staple for hipsters in the LES will have some of their on sale summer lines at the fair.

But we also have RECORDS and CIVIL WAR VINTAGE collectors, RUE ST. DENIS will have a stall with some of their best vintage pieces from the East Village store and much, much more!

The Hester Street Fair is located in a beautiful park setting, which was once home to New York City’s largest and oldest pushcart markets. Our mission is to sell quality goods and food, but to also create a space that reflects the dynamic energy of the Lower East Side. The Fair is open EVERY weekend from 10am – 6pm, rain or shine through December.

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