Two annual food-apaloozas that have become rites of spring for Lower Manhattan residents are on the menu in the next few days.
Tomorrow, (Saturday, May 18) will mark the 25th anniversary of Taste of Tribeca, the outdoor food fair that raises money for two beloved local public schools: P.S. 234 and P.S. 150.
Come to Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Streets), from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, for gastronomic wonders from 60 of Tribeca’s top chefs and restaurants — including seven that have been participating since 1994: Bouley, Bubby’s Tribeca, Duane Park Patisserie, Gigino Trattoria, the Odeon, Tribeca Grill, and Walker’s.
There will also be live entertainment at the Soundstage (on Greenwich Street, near Harrison Street), with music produced by City Winery. The line-up includes renowned jazz banjoist and vocalist Cynthia Sayer (at noon and 1:00 pm), a recital by students from Tribeca’s Church Street School of Music and Art at 12:40 pm, and a performance by hometown favorites, TriBattery Pops at 2:00 pm.
There will also be diversions of the non-culinary variety at the Kids Zone(located in Duane Park) where arts and crafts, boards games, and robotics demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day.
At the Family Zone (on Greenwich Street, near Duane Streets), Léman Manhattan Preparatory School will offer STEAM and robotics projects, spring art activities (including face painting and tote bag design), and tastings of spring vegetables from the school’s Culinary Team. And the Sports Zone (on Greenwich Street, near Harrison Street) will feature clay-making and sports-themed carnival games for young athletes, compliments of Manhattan Youth.
Older guests may want to step away from the festival grounds to visit some of the five participating wine stores, along with eight restaurants and bars, all of which are offering beer, wine, and cider tastings and tours as part of the event.
Tickets for Taste of Tribeca, which are priced at $45 in advance and $55 on the day of the event, get you six tastes and two pours on the Beer & Cider Tour, and are on sale now online. (No ticket is needed for the wine tastings.) For more information (including a complete list of participating restaurants, wine shops, and bars) or to purchase tickets, please browse: www.tasteoftribeca.com
On Tuesday (May 21), another bite-sized bacchanal will take place when the 18th annual Dine Around Downtown festival returns to Fosun Plaza, the 1.5 acre, open-air deck at 28 Liberty Street (the building formerly known as One Chase Plaza), from 11:00 am, to 3:00 pm.
More than 35 of Lower Manhattan’s most popular eateries (including Adrienne’s Pizza Bar, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Delmonico’s, Eataly, Mad Dog & Beans, Manhatta, and Temple Court) will be serving up their best, priced from $3 to $7 per sample.
While you eat, enjoy free musical entertainment from the the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Stars. Dine Around Downtown is also a zero-waste event, and is presented by Fosun and the Downtown Alliance, as part of their observance of the International Day of Families.
Mr. Bo Wei, Chief Executive Representative of Fosun International New York said, “Sharing great food and joyful art experience among all communities globally is our dream. Both Dine Around Downtown Festival and Sing for Hope piano exhibition have shown Fosun’s commitments to New York City’s families. Working with other influential organizations have made more happiness products and experience available to residents and global tourists in downtown Manhattan. This year, we are also thrilled to provide a permanent home for Sing for Hope at Fosun Plaza of 28 Liberty Building.”
For more information, please browse: www.downtownny.com/dinearound