Our good friend Jeff Orlick, who runs food tours in Queens, is working with the 82nd Street Partnership to organize a free festival in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights on Friday called Viva La Comida! The event will showcase the exciting diversity in the community and celebrate the food, music, craft, and culture of the area.
In addition to live entertainment and a pop-up craft market, many local small businesses will be selling their goods. Jeff has handpicked a number of food trucks and carts to participate. The options will range from the famous Arepa Lady (one of my favorite food carts in the entire city) to Patacon Pisao (a Vendy award nominee in 2010) to this year’s Vendy nominee Morocho (which serves delicious Peruvian fusion food) to the elusive and unique Chipper Truck (which sells Irish food from a truck!) There were also be two of Jeff’s favorite Mexican food vendors: Tacos la Familia and El Coyote Dormilon.
With this coming right on the heels of Saturday’s Vendy Awards, the awareness and excitement for food carts and their vendors is quite high. Viva la Comida! is another wonderful opportunity to taste the eclectic and authentic food and celebrate the hard work these vendors do every single day. The event happens this Friday, September 21 from 4-9pm at Dunningham Triangle in Jackson Heights. For more information, visit 82ndstreet.org. We hope to see you there!