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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
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Back in 1973, the Ninth Avenue Association was formed, with the idea of bringing attention to one of New York's most eclectic and ethnic precincts.

The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival gives the association the opportunity to raise additional funds - the profits of which go back into the community funding seniors and children's programs, and giveaways to needy families.

The ninth avenue neighbourhood is made up of a rich array of different cultures...and this is represented in the many types of delicious ethnic food available during the festival. Sample the delights of cuisines from Poland, Italy, Spain, India, Greece, Asia and much more.

The aromas are rich and enticing, and advertise the rich variety of comestibles in a feast for all the senses. Chicken empanadas, corn dogs, sausage and pepper heroes. Jamaican fare including jerk chicken, oxtail and plaintains. Indian samosas, Lebanese dolmades and tasty mini hamburgers. You'll even come across vendors offering free samples.

But it's not just food that will delight you. There are over 200 individual vendors selling hand crafted jewellery, unique clothing, music and a varied collection of arts and crafts.

The festival also features live stage entertainment with international music and dance at 55th Street. You'll be literally dancing in the street to the vibrant sounds of salsa, reggae, jazz, blues and more.

A childrens pavilion will be set up between 53rd & 54th Street with loads of activities for the kids to enjoy.

The festival begins at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday 14th May, and finishes at 6.30 p.m. Sunday 15th May. It's a great weekend for the whole family, and the event is held rain or shine.
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Why? Because everyone loves a food festival.
When: Saturday May 14th till Sunday May 15th, 9.30 am till 6.30 pm
Where: Ninth Avenue between 42nd & 57th Street
Cost: Free entry, cheap food and free entertainment
I can't wait to go to this. I don't care if I have to live off lettuce for an entire week, I'm going to sample as much as I can haha. Even the smells are enticing, then you look at the food which just makes it worse. If that wasn't enough to convince you to get food, then someone eating and salivating in front of you will definitely be convincing.
By L.R. - senior writer
Tuesday, 3rd of May @ 03:48 am
I went last year and it was fantastic. I couldn't eat for days afterward. So much choice, and the smells are amazing.
By carol310 - reader
Saturday, 21st of May @ 01:06 am
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