Oy vey! While everyone else in the city may be uptown today for the Puerto Rican Day Parade (or staying home to avoid all the traffic from the parade!), you can check out a unique food festival happening in the Lower East Side. The Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival is an annual block party, celebrating the historical Jewish and Chinese communities who lived in the Lower East Side. Of course, now the majority of LES’s residents are hipsters and artists, but the vigor of the old immigrant communities is still alive in this celebration. There will be music performances, art and handicraft demonstrations, and language lessons, as well as a ton of food! You can bet you’ll get the best of the two eponymous treats at the festival–both of which have very little to no egg in them!

I didn’t know about this festival until a few days ago, and I really want to attend. It seems absolutely tailor-made for me: a half-Jewish, half-Chinese girl growing up in New York who’s in love with the history of the city and in love with food. 🙂 It’d be silly not to show up! I even have a few distant relatives who still live on Orchard Street in the area, south of Delancey, who, for them, the world of the New York City tenement is still a reality. Even if you aren’t Jewish nor Chinese, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a great festival full of music, fun, and delicious food. Skip the crowds uptown and head to a different kind of heritage festival today!

Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St, (between Canal and Division Sts)