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Friday Food-Food-Friendly Events, September 12-14

Posted by jhochstat on September 12, 2008

40th Rd. Food Festival
Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, 7:00-???
40th Rd. between Main and Prince Sts., Flushing Queens
A variety of Southeast Asian restaurants take over the street on two weekend evenings to showcase some of their tastiest offerings. Free admission
(Thank to John Roleke, the guide to Queens, for the tip!)

81st Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Continues Friday, September 12, through Sunday, September 21 (hours vary)
On and around Mulberry St. between Canal and Houston Sts.
Free admission

Taste of Jackson Heights
Saturday, September 13, 12:00-4:00
The Garden School Courtyard, 33-16 79th St. (34th Ave.-Northern Blvd.), Jackson Heights, Queens
“Sample small plates from the best Indian, Nepalese, Bangladeshi, Cuban, Greek, Italian, Latin American restaurants.” Free admission

Sun to Stars South Asian Culture Festival
Saturday, September 13, 4:00-11:00 (rain date: Sunday)
Stuyvesant Cove Park, East 23rd St. at the East River
Might be light on the food, but Sun to Stars is “inspired by the traditional all-night concerts along India’s Ganges River [and] evokes the traditional durbar and bethak-style concerts where performers and audiences interact in an informal setting to create an intimate artistic experience.” Free admission

Harvest Days at Lefferts Historic House
Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, 1:00-4:00
Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park (near the Ocean Pkwy.-Flatbush Ave. entrance), Brooklyn
“Help us celebrate the 2008 harvest the same way Brooklynites did years ago….Nearly every farm in old Flatbush had apple trees, and each fall the harvest went on for weeks and weeks. Work the cider press and help cook tasty apple fritters over the open fire.” Free admission

Bazaar Ramadhan
Saturday, September 13, 3:00-8:00
Banquet Hall, Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations, 313 E. 43rd St. (First-Second Aves.)
Sponsored by PERWAKILAN New York (the Ladies’ Association of the Permanent Mission of Malaysia in New York), the bazaar will offer “sumptuous Malaysian food and kuih muih [including] nasi lemak, nasi dagang, satay, rice and lauk, laksa Johor, laksa asam, laksam Kelantan, pulut panggang, lepat pisang, cucur udang, kueh bakar, bubur, etc.” Free admission

Sunset Park Fifth Ave. Street Festival
Sunday, September 14, 10:00-6:00
Fifth Ave. between 44th and 59th Sts., Sunset Park, Brooklyn
This otherwise catch-all event is smack in the middle of an ever-growing Mexican neighborhood. Free admission

Mexican Independence Day festival
Sunday, September 14, 10:00-6:00
116th St. between Second and Lexington Aves.
At both ends of the festival, 116th St. can be thumpingly loud, but as you can see from the photo above (and my post from last year), you can get your hands on some fine food in the middle. Free admission

International Pickle Day
Sunday, September 14, 11:00-4:30, rain or shine
Orchard St. between Broome and Grand Sts.
Pickled foods from many cultures available for sample and sale (see a few tidbits from previous years). Free admission

Honduran and Central American Parade
Sunday, September 14, 11:00-???
Southern Blvd. from 180th St. to Charlotte St., Bronx
Honduran and Central American Parade
A likely “after-parade” in nearby Crotona Park is a promising location for chowhounding. Free admission

Sadhu Vaswani Indian Food Festival
Sunday, September 14, 12:00-6:00
Sadhu Vaswani Center, 494 Durie Ave., Closter, New Jersey
I’ve never been, but Jason Perlow of Off the Broiler has an extensive first-hand account. Free admission

Autumn Moon Festival
Sunday, September 14, 1:00-5:00
Mott St. between Canal and Bayard Sts.
Celebrate the traditional end of the summer harvest, and share that mooncake with your friends! Free admission

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