Spring Food Festivals in NYC

A table set with samples of tacos at a food festival.

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With spring in the air, it’s time to get serious about upcoming food festivals in New York City. With temperatures not too hot and not too cold, what better time of year to explore your city through food?! From coffee to chocolate to international delights, there’s a festival out there for every taste. And the best part? They are all taking place in a Glenwood neighborhood, which means you can eat ’til your heart’s content, and then head right home for a little food coma inspired nap. Happy grazing!

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On May 3rd, make your way to the Westside for the Taste of the Lower East Side festival. You’ll literally be able to eat your way around this foodies’ favorite neighborhood without leaving the Metropolitan Pavilion, by stopping at over 50 tables to sample cuisines from restaurants that normally have lines out the door. Tickets include unlimited food, so come hungry and get ready to discover your new favorite spots! Fan favorites include:

  • Stanton Social
  • Clinton Street Baking Company
  • Russ & Daughters
  • Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Along with eating, you’ll be able to participate in a silent auction and raffles, all supporting the event’s signature charity, the Grand St. Settlement. Tickets start at $195. While the festival is focused on eateries that are located on the Lower East Side, the actual event is taking place on the Westside, ideal for Glenwood residents living in the Emerald Green building.

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For Chocolate Lovers

On May 6th, meander on over to the Upper East Side for The Chocolate Fest, happening at the 92nd Street Y. This is the perfect opportunity to engage your sweet tooth, find new and innovative chocolates to add to your go-tos, and perhaps even get inspired as to what to purchase your mom for Mother’s Day! Past tastings have included chocolate-and-cheese pairings from Chocolat Moderne and Lucy’s Whey, tiny ice cream cones from Penny Whistle Ice Cream, and chocolate samples from Raaka Chocolate and Stick with Me. Tickets for this event are $35, a sweetly priced evening out on the town for Glenwood residents on the Upper East Side.

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For Coffee Lovers

On May 19th and 20th, head to Midtown for CoffeeCon, an annual coffee festival featuring (you guessed it!) everything coffee related. Unlike so many coffee festivals, this one focuses solely on the coffee drinker (i.e. you), not the coffee industry. You’ll be able to taste a variety of brews, see exhibits, and attend coffee inspired classes, such as how to perfect the art of home roasting and latte art. Basically everyone who is anyone in the Manhattan coffee world will be there (coffee shop favorites such as Blue Bottle Coffee, Joe, and Cafe Grumpy). Tickets range from $20 to $50, and you’re welcome to bring children under 12 for free.

The festival this year will be taking place at the New York Hilton Midtown, which is perfect for Glenwood residents living in Midtown East, particularly at The Bristol.

Freshly grilled corn at a food festival in NYC.

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For Those Wanting A Taste Of Everything International

Also on May 19th and 20th is NYC’s oldest and largest food festival: the Westside’s Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, spanning 9th Avenue from 42nd to 57th Streets. Now in its 45th weekend, this popular eating shindig features 15 blocks of street eats, spanning the globe. You’ll be able to munch on street eats from India (from Bali Nusa Indah) to street eats from the good ol’ American South (Southern Hospitality), and basically everything in between.

While you’re chowing down, you can do so knowing the money is all going to an excellent cause. The event supports a variety of both local and national charities. Glenwood residents living in The Encore will find this an easy and pleasant day to spend outside, enjoying all their favorite foods.

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