In the spirit of tasty entrepreneurship Hester Street is back with its third annual Test Kitchen!
Hester Street Fair, over nine years, has established itself as the go-to jumping-off point for brands, businesses, and restaurants based in NYC looking to promote and build their consumer base with a seasonal pop-up. Fueling the spirit of entrepreneurship, and keeping true-to-form with our thematic weekend events, we are throwing our third annual ‘Test Kitchen’. This day is dedicated to all first-time chef creations— from first time food vendors to established businesses attempting new ideas for cookbooks.
The Test Kitchen winner will be determined at 4:30 by a panel of predominant culinary industry figures, including Emily Eisen of Bon Appetit and Healthyish. The winners will be judged based on the following categories: most original hot food, tastiest hot food, and most original hot . Winners will have the chance to show their stuff with a free booth at a Bryant Park Picnic this summer.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU
Here’s your chance to join the future trend of alternative protein in america— crickets. Not just any old crickets though, Bold Foods will be serving up their beautiful and tasty cricket pasta.
We aren’t going to try and word this better than the founder himself, who is launching his food cart built on a tricycle, to push around Brooklyn late night in the Summertime. So here is Anthony Ha’s vision for mrfishsauce: bring Vietnamese food to the street, to try and emulate the smell of Saigon in New York.
First time vendors at Hester Street Fair destined to dominate the NYC street food scene, Manju will be featuring their signature Bahn Mi Burger and a unique Shrimp Katsu burger that will keep you coming back week after week.
Sometimes a name says it all. Memphis Seoul is the brainchild of a texan native adding korean influences to some serious soul food. This Saturday, a combination of Cup-A-Noodles and Texan fall-off-the-bone pulled pork bring a revelation able to revive any and all of your sweat-induced Summertime stress.
Hester Street fave Janie Bakes delivers classic American baked goods with updated looks and flavors. For Test Kitchen, Jane will be showcasing her pie crust cookies which have been deemed the next Cronut by the baking world.
Sauce and Destroy
Love Grandma’s red sauce but can’t take the meaty, oily, cheesed up heat? Sauce and Destroy have perfected a classic for everyone to enjoy, even those with dietary restrictions.
New vendors Ocka TrEATs believe healthy eating doesn’t have to mean denying yourself of pleasures. Using unconventional plant-based ingredients to whip up treats that better serve our bodies and the planet, Ocka will be competing with their chocolate mousse made with avocado and sea algae.
The coffee addicts behind Vagaband Kitchen care about the quality of treats in your favorite cafe’s bake case. Their wheelhouse of vegan eats will be rolling out an incredible carrot cake that convinces you that maybe doing the whole vegan lifestyle change thing wouldn’t be so hard.
Grab 2 or 3 of these mini-pies and snack your way through the day, no plate and fork required. For this weekend, Camellia is test driving her new cookie butter pie. Cookie. Butter. Pie. Get it.
RE-THINKING FOOD WASTE
Artist YoungGun Lee’s mantra for the day is “you eat what you bring,” asking the neighborhood and other vendors to bring forth their potential food waste, turning something usually wasted into visually stunning and edible sculptures. YG will also be sorting the day’s refuse, forcing us to examine our consumer footprint on the ecosystem and consider the many ways in which we can reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Groove your insane food coma off to Mike Mossibee’s DJ set
“Light up” in a legal way with Popped’s CBD products that promote mental and physical wellness, alleviate pain naturally, and are rather fun to indulge in. This week Popped is offerring a savings discount of $10 when you buy a battery and cartridge together and 20% off of 3 or more cartidges. Stock up and chill out!
Adelante Shoe Company, The Alley, Beba’s kitchen, Bold Foods, Cake Plus, Camellia’s Pies, FiligreeNYC, Gigi’s Mimos, Hatzumomo, In Common, J.Papa, Janie Bakes, Joe’s Apron’s, Katmama Accessories, LeBlam NYC, Lifestone, Manju, MassPop, Megan Phillips Collection, Memphis Seoul, Mrfishsauce, New York Handcrafted, Ocka Treats, Once Loved Laundry, Ovando Salvi, Pilot Kombucha, Popped, POPTEA, Prickly New York, Rollie, Rosey Jamaican, Sauce and Destroy, Scoops in Cahoots, Tribeca Trinkets, What We Eat, Vagaband Kitchen, Village Psychic