The Hester Street Fair is known for its highly curated selection of NYC's artisanal fashion, art, design, jewelry, crafts, music, and food vendors. By bringing together a high quality, wide range of cutting edge entrepreneurs and under-the-radar brands, Hester creates buzzworthy artisanal experiences that are unique to New York City. The Hester experience is about bringing the community together, it is family friendly and open to all, yet stylish and exclusive enough to appeal to discerning foodies and in-the-know shoppers who come to check out the latest trends. Described by the New York Times as a “hyperlocal block party,” The Hester brand brings a connection to community and a vibe that is cool, cozy, and familiar.
For the last seven years, Hester Street Fair has been a proud partner and launchpad of many amazing businesses on the Lower East Side and in the greater New York. To celebrate small businesses everywhere, we are hosting our second annual “We Started Here” fair. On August 17th, visitors can eat, shop, and interact with a group of startups who range from companies that have made their first dollar ever on our fairgrounds, to making their first-ever in-person transaction with a customer. We are thrilled to be part of this thriving community and invite you to join us in this celebration!
Hester Street Fair has launched businesses like the Fat Radish, Macaron Parlour, Melt Bakery, Gordos Cantina, Osaka Grub, Peetie’s Pie, La New Yorkina, Arancini Bros, Cheeky Sandwich, and more.
This year, our brands who fit the bill are 212 Closet, Dash of Pep, D’Lissh, Maxpack, Que Chevere, Golden Goddess and much more. See below!
Here’s Who Started at Hester Street Fair
What To Eat
Avocraydo – An avocado smoothie you never knew you needed or would love so much, we promise! This drink has already taken many visitors by surprise and we know it’ll do the same for you.
D’Lissh – An array of magical-looking cupcakes that are all made from scratch with high-quality ingredients.
Mixto Taco – Guatemalan, Haitian, and Dominican roots come Caribbean and Central American spices all wrapped up in the bite-size portion of a taco.
Scoops by Em – Emily Drucker is one passionate pastry chef. Offering thoughtful sundaes all in one bite, she won first place in our Ice Cream Social competition.
Que Chevere – It’s all in the family with Que Chever. See what it is about their food that won them the Best Overall Dish title at this year’s Test Kitchen competition/
What To Shop
212 Closet – Pins, patches, and stickers that are heart to heart with New York City and made in collaboration with local artists to create something unique.
Aarre Shop – Modern, vintage, handmade jewelry curated with modernist feel and an emphasis on solid precious metals and refurbished vintage jewelry. Also featuring some handmade and hand built ceramic sculpture and vessels.
Dash of Pep – A splash of happiness is made anytime Robin comes to our fair. Find illustrated apparel, accessories, and stationery promoting mental health, empowerment, and self-expression.
Luxureyes – On a mission to bridge the gap between inexpensive and high quality frames, optics, and expertise to the general public.
Maxpack – Creating stylish, quality dog totes and accessories for pups and their pawrents. A portion of the proceeds help support the rescue organizations that work so hard to find homes for dogs.
Arrngment, Avocraydo, Bean&Bean Coffee, Beba’s Kitchen, Bleakstagram, Bussdown Vintage, Caposhi Vintage, Cat’s Jewels, Char Sue, ChispitasandMariposas, Coin Art Jewelry, Crystal Elation, D’Lissh, Dash of Pep, Dubby Happy, Filigree NYC, Future’s Market, Katmama Accessories, LESPI, Lisa our Village Psychic, Made in NYC – Lulah Bags, Maxpack, Metal Mingle, Morakat Gallery, Popped NYC, Potion CBD, Que Chevere, Rostacy Jamaican, Sarafine, Seasoned Brooklyn, Spear and Stone, Sunae, The 212 Closet, Trash Plants, WAXBBY
Extra Special Feature!
Char Sue – The asian izakaya located in the heart of LES is back again for another HSF culinary treat! Last time they roasted a whole pig, who knows what will be in store this time…