Brooklyn's Must-Do Food Festivals

By Ben Fractenberg on May 8, 2013 7:36am 

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	There are many food festivals and weekend markets in Brooklyn this spring and summer. 
	 
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BROOKLYN — As the temperatures rise, so do the number of food festivals and weekend markets. DNAinfo New York put together a list of some of Brooklyn's best foodie destinations this spring and summer.

Smorgasburg

Brooklyn's popular weekend food market Smorgasburg resumed on April 6. With more than 75 food vendors, the festival is one of the largest and most eclectic in Brooklyn.

You can nosh on food and drink from vendors including Blue Bottle Coffee, Pizza Moto and Dough while watching the boats go up and down the East River.

On Saturdays, it's located in East River State Park off Kent Avenue and North 7th Street in Williamsburg. The spot is open and airy with a nice breeze coming off the river and plenty of room to browse the booths and sit at a table and chow down.

On Sundays, you'll find it in DUMBO at the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Brooklyn Flea

Smorgasburg's sister event, Brooklyn Flea, started in Fort Greene in 2008 as one of city's largest markets. It features hundreds of vendors selling goods that include furniture, crafts, clothing and food.

The focus tends toward antiques and art, but there are also eclectic food options like Asian-inspired hot dogs by Asia Dog, Choncho's Tacos and popular sandwich truck Landhaus.

The flea runs Saturdays at its original spot at 176 Lafayette Ave. in Fort Greene. On Sundays, it's located in East River State Park, off North 7th Street. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Red Hook Food Vendors

Going strong since 1974, Red Hook's Latin-themed food market started weekends on April 28. The food trucks line up at the Red Hook Ball Fields at Court and Bay streets from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Known by locals as the "ballfield vendors," the market includes 10 trucks selling authentic Colombian, Guatemalan, El Salvadorian, Mexican and Dominican dishes.

Getting to Red Hook can be a trek. You can take the G or F train to Carroll Street and then hoof it on foot for about 20 minutes. You can also catch the B57 bus on Court Street.

Food Truck Rally

Some of the best food trucks in Brooklyn will gather the first and third Sunday of each month at Prospect Park this spring through mid-fall.

The trucks, located at Grand Army Plaza from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., vary each Sunday, but include vendors like Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rickshaw, Van Leeuwen, Wafels & Dinges, Mud Truck and COOLHAUS.

The rally is perfect for grabbing food and then heading into the park for an impromptu picnic.

The Great GoogaMooga

The Great GoogaMooga festival, in its second year, will better prepare for the hungry, thirsty hordes. This year's food lineup is impressive with 85 restaurants represented, including Calexico, M. Wells, Roberta's Pizza and Third Rail Coffee. The eateries will serve out of hand-painted booths and be organized into areas like "sweets and hamageddon."

The music promises to be equally exciting with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips and The Darkness opening up the festival on May 17.

You can get tickets here.

Brooklyn Uncorked

One of the best summer events for Brooklyn wine connoisseurs brings Long Island wineries to the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower. Budding sommeliers should head to 1 Hanson Place, inside the building's cathedral-esque first floor, on May 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Brooklyn Uncorked includes an assortment of award-winning wines from Long Island vineyards including Bouke Wines, Scarola Vineyards and SUHRU Wines and food from local eateries like Allswell, Jimmy's No. 43 and The Vanderbilt.

Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair

The ninth annual fair brings hundreds of artisans and food vendors to Williamsburg during the start of summer. The participants are still being finalized but there are already a number of food vendors signed on, including BumbleBerry Farms, Z Confections, Pop Karma, T-We Tea, Lemon Bird Handmade Jams and Naked Goat Farm.

The free fair is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 22-23, at East River State Park.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint

The festival featuring some of the neighborhood's best food, drink and music recently announced its fourth annual festival will take place on Sept. 22 on the Williamsburg waterfront. They're still lining up vendors, but last year featured North Brooklyn favorites like Brooklyn Brewery, Pies 'n' Thighs and Maison Premiere.

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

It's not a food festival, per se, but what better way to help support Coney Island after Hurricane Sandy and celebrate our nation's independence than at the famed hot dog eating contest?

While watching Joey Chestnut and company shove dozens of hot dogs down their throats may not be the most appetizing entertainment, there will be hot dogs and drinks on hand. The event is set for July 4 at 1 p.m. at Surf and Stillwell avenues. Get there a few hours early if you want to be close to the action.

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