The 8 th Annual NYC International Pickle Day: An Event that Can't Be Contained
Hosted by the Lower East Side BID and the NY Food Museum Sunday, September 14th2008, 11 am-4:30 pm Orchard Street Between Broome and Grand Sts.
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Co-hosted by the Lower East Side Business Improvement District and the NY Food Museum, The Eighth Annual NYC International Pickle Day is a free, fun street festival held on Orchard Street between Broome and Grand Sts. in the heart of the old Pickle District of the Lower East Side. On Sunday, September 14th, between 11 am and 4:30 pm, Pickle Day will feature music, cooking and home canning demonstrations, children's activities, neighborhood walking tours and of course pickle samples! And for the first year Pickle Day is welcoming a full-length production Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, produced by The Drilling Company.
New York's pickle menu includes more than just cucumbers! International Pickle Day features pickles from around the world and around the corner; from India to Haiti, from Malaysia to Brooklyn and of course, kosher dills from the Lower East Side. With radishes, tomatoes, okra, cabbage, lettuce, fish, meat, carrots, beans, onions, eggs, limes, mangos, peaches, beets and even a pickled chocolate truffle by Essex Street Market's Roni Sue's Chocolates - Pickle Day serves up a wide range of traditional and improvisational recipes of a multitude of foods preserved in brine! "Pickle Day expresses the true character of the Lower East Side, a melting pot of unique entrepreneurs from a range of backgrounds, customs and traditions that can be traced to a variety of nations," explains Roberto Ragone, Executive Director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District. "International Pickle Day is a great event for locals and visitors alike, it's a real New York experience."
Nancy Ralph, NY Food Museum Director relates "Last Year more visitors than ever came to enjoy Pickle Day and celebrate the diverse culinary traditions of New York. This year Pickle Day is upgrading our educational exhibition thanks to financial support from Whole Foods Market Inc. It is also expanding festivities to the Broome and Ludlow Municipal Parking Lot to make room for the influx of new picklers, community organizations and interactive events, thanks to generous financial support from Best Buy. This means more fun, more to see and more to learn." And we can't forget the local businesses who lend us their street for the day - in recognition of their participation we're offering Museum membership to anyone bringing a receipt for $10 or more for a purchase made at a Lower East Side Shop the day of the festival.
For the second year in a row Pickle Day is offering free valet bike parking supplied by Transportation Alternatives, so pedal on down with the whole family.
Established in 1992, theLower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID)is a non-profit, economic development organization created to revitalize the Orchard street shopping district while preserving its unique and diverse character. Today the LES BID is a community of over 600 merchants and property owners managed by a Board of Directors consisting of local merchants, property owners, residents and elected officials. The LES BID promotes and markets the local businesses, host free public events and provides community beautification services including sanitation, security and graffiti removal. To learn more about the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, please visit -www.lowereastsideny.com
TheNY Food Museumis an eight-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging people to think about the food they eat. See NY Food Museum exhibitions online and in public spaces, and as collaborations with other non-profits. Online programs include "How NYC Ate 100 Years Ago," "Cooking for the Lower East Side," (in partnership with the Henry Street Settlement) and will soon feature "Over Spilt Milk: The Depression Era Fight for Affordable Milk." Also available as traveling exhibitions: "100 Years of Joyva" and "City Meals on Wheels: Pushcarts and the City" For more information on the NY Food Museum, visitwww.nyfoodmuseum.org.