IDEAS City Festival

1000x400x1Who doesn’t like a street fair?  May 1-4 The New Museum is taking over a chunk of the Lower East to throw the IDEAS City Festival.  The Festival is going to happen rain or shine m it’s free and it includes lots of Food.  The Hester Street Fair folks are curating the food, highlighting the talents of local artisanal food producers as well as the talents of many local restaurant chefs.

Because this festival is being thrown by The New Museum, it’s not going to be just about corn dogs and spun sugar on a stick.  The overall idea is that if you come to the festival you can learn how to be a better food citizen. Sounds kind of Maoist to me, but hey I love a good demonstration and am always up for tasting free samples. Mother-In-Law’s Kimchi will be showing us how to make – yes you guessed it: Kimichi.

Hot Bread Kitchen, which has a local stand at the Union Square green market will be there with their Breaducation station.  Not really sure what that is, but I do know that Hot Bread Kitchen has the best selection of breads representing the cultures and countries of the many immigrant women who they help.   If you can’t get to one of their retail locations and want some hand-made Tortilla or M’smen or any of their wonderful breads you can order them online here.

The Truck Farm will be there, tours of the Bowery Mission’s roof garden are on offering, as are a ton of other things, so check out the Plan Your Visit Site and well, you know, plan your visit!

Oh, and if you are jonesing for more after the festival from 6- Midnight you can hang out at CITY Grit: Canteen at the Old School Cafeteria, 233 Mott Street, between Prince and Spring Streets.  Chef Sarah Simmons, creates a culinary salon offering special sandwiches for IDEAS CITY.


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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