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LIC Flea crowns winners of first Favorites Food Festival


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Photo by Bradley Hawks

The LIC Flea & Food was filled with winners this past weekend.

The popular Long Island City flea market, held every Saturday at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, hosted the first Annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival, bringing the best food vendors from the market.

During the festival, vendors received “Flea Favorite” awards based on votes by a panel of judges and visitors to the market as well.

Judges included Bradley Hawks, editor-in-chief of BORO Magazine; Rob MacKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation; NY1 reporter Arlene Borenstein; and bloggers Layla Khoury-Hanold of “A Glass of Rose” and Karen Siegler of “Markets of New York City.”

Husband and wife duo Chimere and Norbert Ward of Clean Plate Co. took home the “Food Vendor Winner,” Megan Griffey of Frittering Away was selected as “Beverage Vendor Winner,” and Ice & Vice was crowned “Dessert Vendor Winner” after wowing judges with its ice cream sandwich.

Visitors to the Flea on July 26 selected Drink More Good as the winner of “Visitor Favorite.”
Below we take a quick look into each of these winning vendors and see what makes them shine.

Clean Plate Co.

Chimere and Norbert Ward, the husband and wife duo behind Clean Plate Co., say they are still feeling the shock after taking home the “Food Vendor Winner” during the first annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival.
Saturday, July 26, was their last day participating in the LIC Flea and the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman

Astoria Studios for the season and they served the panel of judges their signature dishes of smoked gouda mac and cheese and shrimp and grits.

“There were so many vendors,” Chimere said. “We didn’t think that was going to happen at all, we just weren’t prepared for that.”

Clean Plate Co., which this season has participated in the Astoria Flea, specializes in seasonal comfort & artisan preparation. The Ridgewood couple uses local ingredients and has vast knowledge and experience in various cultural cuisines.

“The flea by itself is just a great place,” said Chimere, who hopes to come back to the market during the holidays. “With so much great food out there, we are fans of the other vendors, we built a family with the other vendors.”

The couple also caters cocktail parties, private dinners and intimate affairs. They’ve also partnered with many other unique New York City businesses and venues for fabulous food events.

Frittering Away

Megan Griffey of Frittering Away was awarded as “Beverage Vendor Winner” for her reinvention of the lemonade stand.

Frittering Away, vendor at both the LIC and Astoria Flea, started out by refreshing customers with their original flavor, Strawberry Basil Lemonade. Then, the specialty drink maker shook it up with Watermelon Jalapeno Limeade. Last fall, as the leaves changed and thoughts went to warming, soothing beverages, Ginger Lemonade emerged. Frittering Away lemonades are made in small batches with fresh, seasonal produce.

Ice & Vice

Offering the judges their delectable ice cream sandwich, experimental ice cream pop-up shop Ice & Vice took home “Dessert Vendor Winner.”

Ice & Vice can be found at the LIC Flea on Saturdays and at Astoria Flea on Sundays, so stop by for a sweet treat to cool you down on a sunny day of exploring the flea. The shop handcrafts ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt in small, customized batches. Unique flavors include Crack-o-Lantern (pumpkin seed oil and crystallized ginger), Movie Night (buttered popcorn, toasted raisin, dark chocolate flakes) and American Beauty (creme fraiche and rose petal jam).

Drink More Good

Jason Schuler founded Drink More Good with one goal in mind — to make this world a better place.

This past Saturday, visitors at the LIC Flea believed he was doing just that and voted to have him awarded as the “Visitor Favorite Winner.”

Drink More Good’s syrups are small-batch, thoughtfully crafted, and handmade with locally sourced and organic ingredients. The syrups can be used to make homemade sodas that have 50 percent less sugar and calories than mainstream sodas and have no high-fructose corn syrup and or preservatives. The syrups can also be used as cocktail mixers.

 

A FLEA HUNT

Guests at the LIC Flea & Food are going to have to put on their hunting hats this weekend.

The popular Long Island City flea market will be hosting The Great LIC Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, August 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The scavenger hunt will take place within the flea market as well throughout the western Queens neighborhood.

To participate and compete to win some great prizes, guests must sign up online at licflea.com.

Teams, which will have different names, should be between two and six hunters, and participants should bring a camera.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food is offering the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more. Local art groups will be represented at the Astoria Flea.

The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue until Aug. 31.

 

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First Annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival this weekend


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Photo by Bradley Hawks

The Long Island City waterfront will be filled with celebrations this weekend.

The popular LIC Flea & Food, held every Saturday at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will host the First Annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival, bringing the best food vendors from the market.

Such vendors include Oconomi, Jessy’s Pastries, Butcher Bar, Arborio King, Tea + Milk, Drink More Good, Frittering Away, ChocoToy, Ice & Vice, The Sugar Boutique, Ice Riders and Mom & Popsicles.

During the festival, vendors will receive “Flea Favorite” awards based on votes by a panel of judges and visitors to the market as well.

Judges include Bradley Hawks, editor-in-chief of BORO Magazine; Rob MacKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation; NY1 reporter Arlene Borenstein; and bloggers Layla Khoury-Hanold of “A Glass of Rose” and Karen Siegler of “Markets of New York City.”

Visitors to the Flea on July 26 will be able to select their favorite vendors to win the LIC Flea Favorites Visitors Choice Award.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food is offering the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more. Local art groups will be represented at the Astoria Flea.

The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, every Sunday until August 31.

For more information visit www.licflea.com.

 

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LIC and Astoria Flea & Food vendors to be at World’s Fair Anniversary Festival


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Several food vendors from the LIC Flea & Food and Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios are making their way to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park this Sunday to add their flavor to the World’s Fair festivities.

Visitors to the World’s Fair Anniversary Festival will be able to taste empanadas from Jessy’s Pastries, Old Fashioned Donuts, brisket from Butcher Bar, Finga Lickin Jamaican Jerk Spot’s jerk chicken, Kosofresh’s rice bowls, Fav’s Treatery’s muffins stuffed with cheeses and meats, ZhaPanAsian riceballs, kosher cheeses from The Cheese Guy, Drink More Good syrups and drinks, and cool down with lemonade from Frittering Away.

The vendors will be located by the rides and just steps away from the New York State Pavilion.

The World’s Fair Anniversary Festival begins at 1 p.m. and a variety of music, including tunes from a Beatles Tribute band, book readings, puppet shows and food from around the world. The festival will then end with a sky-filled with fireworks.

 

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LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market: One-stop shopping and family fun


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market kicked off the season with a successful weekend full of holiday fun, as people shopped for friends and family, while indulging in food from all over the world.

Thousands of visitors, from near and far, came to the Holiday Market inside the warehouse, located at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. It is connected to the original lot, where last summer’s outdoor LIC Flea was held.

“We were thrilled to welcome thousands of shoppers to take advantage of local vendors selling holiday gifts and food at the Long Island City Holiday Market,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “We look forward to the next two weeks. We offer one place to find a special gift for anyone in your life and it is a fun destination for the family.”

Many of LIC Flea’s favorite vendors made a return, along with some fresh new faces, totaling more than 75 unique vendors per day.

Kazuko Nagao, owner of LIC Flea vendor Oconomi who participated in the outdoor LIC Flea, said she saw a lot of regular customers return to the market — and also a large number of new visitors.

“We started off the holiday market really well. It was fantastic,” said Nagao, who will be serving Oconomiyaki, Japanese vegetable pancakes, both Saturday and Sunday. “A lot of people really liked the setup of the flea market because it is very spacious. I got a lot of good feedback from the customers.”

Another LIC Flea returning vendor is Clean Plate, owned by Chimere Ward, who will be serving a savory crab bread pudding and a smoked Buddha mac and cheese both days.

“It went very well. It was a lot of excitement,” said Ward. “The kids and adults had a great time and the vendors had a great time too.”

Vint and York Eyewear, founded by Dmitriy Israel and Larisa Ginzburg, also made an LIC Flea comeback selling vintage inspired eyewear with a modern twist.

“It was great because we got to see our existing customers and we gained some new ones,” said Ginzburg. “We saw the atmosphere was very warm and inviting, it was great.”

A brand new face who joined the LIC Flea family this holiday season is Drink More Good, founded by Jason Schuler, who will be at the market both Saturday and Sunday. This vendor is selling three different flavored soda syrups, in order to create “better-for-you soda,” or flavored seltzer.

“It was a really great experience for us,” said Schuler. “Just a really festive environment. People just seemed genuinely interested in what the local vendors had to offer.”

Schuler said he plans on being a part of the LIC Flea outdoor market, opening again in April.

Along with the array of unique vendors, LIC Flea also presented Dandy Wellington and His Band, who performed live at the market on Sunday. Inspired by the Big Band Era of jazz, Dandy Wellington has taken the sounds of the 1930s and 40s and created a world of well-dressed music.

JIB Lanes also provided a real bowling alley where visitors could try their best hand at getting a strike. For soccer fans, the New York Cosmos had professional players signing autographs and offering soccer activities. Other players are also expected to come down to the Flea.

After all of the different activities, when you need refreshments, the LIC Flea now features a bar, built specially for the Holiday Market and made of wood from the warehouse. The bar serves beer, wine and holiday cocktails.

Filled with the holiday spirit, hundreds of children lined up to take their pictures with Santa Claus. Saint Nick will be back this upcoming weekend from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The site is walking distance from the No. 7, E and G trains, and the LIC East River Ferry stop. It can also be accessed directly from Gantry Park’s walkway, along Anable Basin. A parking garage is available on 5th Street.

LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market will be open December 14, 15, 21, and 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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