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Overload: Brooklyn Fleas, Food Trucks and Craft Markets

May 19, 2011

There is an overload of great events in Brooklyn this weekend. Essential events for foodies include the debut of Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. This Brooklyn Flea newcomer boasts 100 plus food vendors and everything you need to get your kitchen in top-chef shape.  Gourmands can not miss the Food Truck Rally that will gather famous food trucks together at the entry to Prospect Park. It’s a perfect location: stock up on dumplings and smoothies and head into the park for a day of sunshine and picnicing. If you are more of a shopper, there are the Brooklyn Flea flea markets which represent the pinnacle of the flea world, or a small one with kids’ activities and live music at the Carroll Park ball fields. If you seek more of an artisan market, you can’t go wrong with Brooklyn Craft Centrals’ “Under the Archway” event this weekend.


The successful Brooklyn Flea owners have expanded their culinary offerings to a whole new level to create a “flea food market”.   Smorgasburg, will offer not only 100 food vendors but you can also buy everything you might need to stock your kitchen.  It’s housed on Saturdays in Williamsburg, which may just be your new Saturday jaunt for the summer. It debuts this weekend so be prepared to be in a crowd.
27 N. 6th between Kent and the East River
Open daily from 9 am- 5 pm

Brooklyn Flea

The Brooklyn Flea has become a weekend staple for our family: we stop and peruse and then enjoy either lunch or dinner there. Williamsburg will be Flea central with the debut of Smorgasburg (by the Brooklyn Flea founders) there on Saturday and the regular Brooklyn Flea continuing on Sundays.


Fort Greene
10am-5pm, Rain or Shine
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)

10am-5pm, Rain or Shine
27 North 6th St. (btw. Kent Ave. + East River)

Brooklyn Craft Central’s Shop The Archway

This Saturday you can “Shop the Archway” for local food and wares from local artistans like: Miss Wit, Astor Knot and BugsellaBrooklyn Craft Central has pulled all of them together  to make for a day of good cuisine and cruising. Musicians will play acoustic sets throughout the day at the entrance. Bring your kids as Poloppo will be on hand guiding children through different crafty activities, and offering parents an area to relax and watch, & buy some kits to do it at home!
Saturday, May 21st: 11 am to 6 pm
The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge

Food Truck Rally at Grand Army Plaza

It’s no longer unusual for people to seek out food trucks for a special sandwich or sweet. They have become so popular that they tweet and Facebook their location to enthusiastic fans.  The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation have caught on and are staging a food truck rally at Grand Army Plaza.  On Sunday, park yourself at the entrance to Prospect Park to savor delights from frozen yogurt to lobster rolls to dumplings.
Sunday, May 22nd: 11 am- 5 pm
Grand Army Plaza

Cobble Hill Playschool Spring Fair

Come celebrate Spring at Cobble Hill Playschool’s Spring Fair. They promise that it’s “new & improved” — with double the ponies and a bigger bouncy house.  This Saturday you can catch a lot of live music with the banjo songs of Hilary Hawke, the Jitterbugs and the singer duo Rockdoves. Your kids can do some gymnastics and hulahooping with Gymstars, crafts, theatre and everyone can shop the flea market.

Entertainment line-up:
10 am  Hilary Hawke
11 am   Karen K and the Jitterbugs
12 pm  Gymstars
1 pm   Child’s Play
2 pm  Rockdoves

Free admission with $1/ticket activities

Saturday May 21st (rain date Sunday 22nd) from 10-3 at the Carroll Park ballfield.
Carroll Park (between Smith, Court, Carroll and President Streets).
Subway directions: Take the F or G train to Carroll St. stop, park is right across from the station.

It’s My Park Spring Fling

It’s My Park Day Spring Fling & Rights of Spring Puppet Pageant and the Puppeteers Cooperative
Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, including Silhouettes with artist Barbara Ensor Giant puppets and lots of great music. There will be food by 5th Ave Dawgs.

11:30 am: Music from Kenny & the Eggplants
1 pm: Music from Jon Samson
2 pm: Rights of Spring Pageant

Saturday, May 21, 11 am – 3 pm
Old Stone House (5th Ave at 4th Street)