Harlem Festival To Celebrate Local Food And Culture
Tickets are available for purchase for Harlem EatUp!—a four-day festival from Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17 celebrating the art, music, food, and culture of Harlem.
Harlem EatUp! will feature a series of ticketed and free events concentrated around the culinary, fine arts, and performing arts scene only found in Harlem. To celebrate the vibrant culture of the neighborhood, the festival will integrate local Harlem chefs, restaurants, and artists with national chefs who have an affinity for Harlem.
On Friday, May 15, Dine In Harlem will pair select local Harlem chefs and restaurants including The Cecil, Ginny’s Supper Club, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Jin Ramen, and VINATERÍA with national chefs who have personal ties to Harlem such as Carla Hall, Jonathan Waxman, Sean Brock, Paul Qui, and Ludo Lefebvre to collaborate on multi-course dinners.
Each Dine In Harlem dinner will highlight a dynamic selection of local performing and fine artists. Dinners are $85 and $125 and some restaurants will offer two seatings. Bordeaux Wine Council is the official wine of Dine In Harlem.
Saturday’s festivities will include The Stroll, which is comprised of The Avenue and The Experience.
The Avenue, a free admission event open to the public, will include artisans and purveyors selling specialty foods and exciting culinary demonstrations from acclaimed chefs.
The Experience will feature four tents influenced by the art, music, style, and dance of Harlem and will showcase local artists alongside Harlem restaurants presenting tastings of signature menu items beside wines, beers, and spirited drinks. Additionally, “Harlem Talks” will feature celebrated tastemakers and leaders discussing relevant topics ranging from food and culture to business and the arts.
Closing out the festival, “A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem” will feature Harlem restaurants selling their fare a la carte; tasting tents featuring wine, beer, and spirits; local artists; a sports area; a performance stage featuring live Gospel music from Mama Foundation for the Arts under the direction of Vy Higginsen; DJ Stormin’ Norman; and a Yoga session from Land Yoga.
The day will be rounded out with a Kids’ Zone offering interactive activities for all ages including storytelling and healthy eating activities. This event will be free admission and will offer an EATS package that includes food tickets and a SIPS pass for the beverage tents.
As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Harlem Park to Park and Citymeals-on-Wheels, two non-profit organizations that have a positive and direct impact on the Harlem community.