LOWER EAST SIDE — A Jewish pizzeria is making kosher egg rolls to prepare for an annual cross-cultural festival on the Lower East Side.
Sunday will mark the 13th annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival, celebrating the cultural traditions of a neighborhood that was once made up predominantly of Eastern European Jewish immigrants and has now become part of Chinatown.
Hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street, the event will feature performances by the Peking Opera and traditional klezmer musicians.
“This festival is truly one of a kind,” said Amy Milford, spokeswoman for the Museum at Eldridge Street. “There is nowhere else in the city, maybe the country, where you will see Chinese calligraphers writing next to Jewish scribes.”
About 500 people showed up to the inaugural festival 13 years ago. Last year, more than 11,000 people enjoyed the food and music, Milford said.
Other highlights include Chinese acrobats, a mahjong competition, Chinese and Yiddish language teachers and, of course, kosher egg rolls and egg creams.
The festival will take place Sunday, June 9, from noon to 4 p.m., at 12 Eldridge St., between Division and Canal streets.