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, 6-8 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 10:30AM-1:00PM. Private tours available any day of the week, subject to availability.