From farms to pushcarts to public markets, this walking and tasting tour explores historical aspects of New York’s food system and the influence of Caribbean and Latin American cultures and cuisines on the past and present of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A portion of all ticket sales goes to support businesses that participate in the tour, as well as community-based initiatives at the Moore Street Market, operated by the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation.
Once known for its pickles and kosher meat, today the eastern section of Williamsburg serves up herbal tea remedies from Mexico, sounds of salsa, and traditional ingredients and foods from Latin American and Caribbean countries. Based on more than 20 interviews with neighborhood residents and local business owners and original archival research, this tour explores the history of Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” – once the heart of a Jewish community – and takes an in-depth look at the Moore Street Market, built in 1941 to mark the end of the pushcart era and today a centerpiece of the Spanish-speaking community. By the end, you’ll be equipped with new knowledge about Latin American and Caribbean ingredients, a postcard map of the area, a follow-up email with traditional recipes to help you recreate the tastes and smells of the market, and hopefully an appreciation for the people that have made and continue to make Williamsburg a place to call home.
Admission: $42/person (Click here to view schedule and purchase tickets). Admission includes your knowledgeable and entertaining guide, 6 generous food and beverage tastings, a postcard map, and a follow-up email with traditional recipes.
Schedule: Public tours offered 1-2 times per month on weekend days from 11:00AM-1:00PM. Private tours available any day of the week, subject to availability.
Near the intersection of Broadway and Graham Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY. Exact meeting location will be provided with your reservation. This area is easily accessible by subway from the Flushing Ave (J,M), Flushing Ave (G), or Montrose Ave (L) stops.
General Admission: $42/person. Tickets must be purchased for all tour attendees age 5 and over. Tickets for children age 5-11 are half price, and we offer 10% off tickets for all persons 65+. Children under 5 are welcome to attend free. Admission includes your knowledgeable guide, 6 generous food and beverage tastings, a postcard map, and a follow-up email with traditional recipes. In addition to supporting local businesses, 5% of every ticket sale supports the work of the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation at the Moore Street Market.
Tastings on the tour may include (but are subject to change) morcilla sausage, green bananas and onions, roasted pork and chicken, tamales, sancocho stew, batidos (Latin American hand-made beverages), plantains, sorullos (corn fritters), tembleque, herbal tea, and tamarind juice. With advance notice, some dietary preferences/restrictions can be accommodated. Vegetarians can be easily accommodated, while vegans will need to double up on tastings at several of the stops.
The Immigrant Foodways Tour is fully accessible for individuals and groups who use wheelchairs. We will walk approximately a 1/2 mile on this tour and will be standing for most of the tour. Please contact us or call (347) 903-8687 for more information.