I live in such a charming, interesting neighborhood that I've decided to highlight some of the best things about it in a series of posts. The inaugural post takes a peek into the Hester Street Fair, located at Hester and Essex Streets.
If you live in New York City, you already know that we were blessed with gorgeous weather today - the perfect weather for wandering through the Hester Street Fair, now open for the 2011 summer season!
I'm fortunate enough to live within a stone's throw of the fair, so I dropped by this morning and took some pictures. Just like last year, the small space is packed with incredibly talented independent retailers and craftspeople.
The fair entrance festooned with bright balloons.
I drooled over coffee and donut holes with caramel from Wonder City Coffee & Donuts in the East Village - yum!
This lovely lady had an incredible array of antique rugs for sale.
Talented mother-daughter duo Roni Sue and Allison are unrivaled when it comes to whipping up the best sweets. Roni Sue Chocolates' bacon caramel popcorn and First Prize Pies' bourbon ginger pecan pie are sublime.
George and Raf of Estate Jewels by George & Raf have an astounding collection of estate jewelry and stock iconic designers like Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Pauline Rader, Guillemette l'Hoir, and Alexis Kirk.
Pretty pastel treats from Macaron Parlour were selling so quickly he couldn't keep his display stocked!
Tiffany, otherwise known as The Wellnista, sources all ingredients for and makes her own blends of organic teas. She was kind enough to give me a sample of the chai blend, and it was deliciously spicy.
The Arancini Brothers, as you may have guessed after reading their cheeky banner above, make vegetarian, gluten-free risotto balls. Some are sweet and some are savory - the one above is nutella with cinnamon and sugar.
Girl Next Door Baked Goods' Lisa sells the 'husband bait' that landed her the guy across the hall in her building - raspberry shortbread bars finished with a dash of sea salt. I also sampled her rich goat cheese brownies (!!!).
Hester Street Fair is open every Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm for the rest of the summer, so be sure to stop by, shop, and nosh.