9th Avenue Food Festival, NYC
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New York City: The 9th Avenue Food Festival

Every May the annual 9th Avenue Food Festival kick off in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen – offering a taste of what this famous neighbourhood is cooking up as restaurants set up outdoor stalls serving up a gastronomic extravaganza.

9th Avenue Food Festival

I found the expected latin accents at the 9th Avenue Food Festival; such as Spanish Mexican empanadas and Brazilian feijoada, as well as less well-known cuisines from places as far flung as Ethiopia and the Ukraine, and everywhere in between.

9th Avenue Food Festival, NYC

It is all delicious and there is a constant flow of fresh lemonade, pina coladas and cold watermelon in the sultry May weather, but the best thing about this festival is the people.

New York City, 9th Avenue food festival

A man stops in the middle of the street, puts down his bag and begins to dance, with his beer can, to the latin music pumping out from the nearest food stall. A crowd gathers to watch. At the end of the song he finishes his gyrations and carries on.

9th Avenue Food Festival, NYC

The 9th Avenue Food Festival really feels like a neighbourhood festival writ large for New York City. Not glamorous but genuinely good and positively eccentric.

9th Avenue Food Festival New York

Thousands of regular New Yorkers and visitors mingle and munch their way between 34th and 57th streets in mid May every year.

By Natasha von Geldern

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  1. That looks like a great festival. I have never been to a food festival but they have a festival of chocolate which I stumbled across in Florence when I stayed there.

  2. All that food looks amazing! Even in snowy Toronto I could go for some lemonade or watermelon.

  3. It looks like such a festive environment!

  4. You had me at Pina Coladas!! 😉 Looks like a fun festival.

  5. That looks like soooo much fun! I LOVE food festivals

  6. Joe W | planeters

    I bet that had to be a great experience. NYC is such a melting pot, great city..keep having fun! 🙂

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