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Jul 17, 2006 05:27 PM

Burmese Food Fair - Agust 12

I missed this last year and the reports sounded great. The Burmese Baptist Church has put out the info for the fair again. It's earlier than last year.

I've pasted the link here:

Anyone planning on going? Spoony are you making the trek this year too?

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  1. I believe that is the same day as the annual BBQNYC at Wards/Randalls Island. That would be a huge conflict.

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    1. re: stuartlafonda

      BBQNYC cancelled out that date & we're waiting to hear when it'll be rescheduled. So apparently I've resolved your crisis.

      1. re: Steve R

        I didn't say it was a crisis, just pointing out an apparant conflict. I'm sure you were just trying to be helpful.

        1. re: stuartlafonda

          Actually I was just joking about the "crisis" part. Sorry if that didnt come thru. My intent was just to alert you on the BBQ cancellation.

          1. re: Steve R

            No problem, let us know when they have a new date, please. I had a good time last year, after I finally found the location. As for the Burmese fest, for those that don't know,it is very small. There
            were about a half dozen vendors and the whole thing was in the backyard of the church.

    2. I'm going to try and make it to this.
      I love Burmese food and also any kind of fair.

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      1. re: bolletje

        I've been to the fair every year for the past 3 years, but I'll have to miss this one. It's a great time and the food is equal or better to anything I've had in Burma. I'll be making my 4th trip there in January.

        1. re: el jefe

          Too bad you won't be at the fair this time, El Jefe. Enjoyed meeting you last year.

          I'll be there, so any other hounds around, come say hi -- I'm a white dude, 5'10", about 155 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes. (Just to reiterate, this is Aug. 12, 2006 that we're talking about.)

          J. Saw, thanks for linking to that flyer.

      2. stuartlafonda, was the food from those half dozen vendors good enough to justify a trip from Manhattan, in your opinion?

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        1. re: Pan

          Tough call. I don't know much about Burmese food but I suspect it is hard to find the real stuff in the New York area and this is certainly an opportunity for that. The location is out of the way and even by car was not easy to find. Unless I was a huge fan, I don't know that I would come from Manhattan by mass transit just for this. Last year they had a Burmese rock band that was quite interesting. I was there for maybe an hour or so. If you could combine it with something else your doing that day, great, otherwise I'm not so sure it is worth it. Food was good, nothing knocked my socks off or sent me searching for Burmese restaurants in New York.

        2. I think it's worth a detour. It's not that hard to find. Just don't get the satays from the Heavy metal kids. How bad can it be when someone's mom or grand mother is making fresh noodles for you? If there were more Burmese restaurants, or any good places in NYC, then i could see NOT going but, Burmese is hard to find.

          I hav egone for 6 years, the food is generally pretty good. Not great, but good.

          1. I went last year for the first time and I thought it was a lot of fun. I'd say there were more like a dozen vendors and lots of tasty fascinating food. Maybe not quite as excellent as Myanmar Restaurant in Falls Church, VA, or Mandalay in Silver Spring, MD, but very good nonetheless, and the best Burmese you're gonna get around here, that's for sure. It's about a 15-minute walk from the subway up a long pretty winding suburban street (unless you walk slowly). I'm putting it on my calendar again this year. I recommend it to anybody who loves Asian food. Burmese, though it includes Thai, Indian and Chinese influences, is a whole different facet of the Asian cuisine experience.

            Stuartlafonda said: "...nothing knocked my socks off or sent me searching for Burmese restaurants in New York." Well, just for the record, there aren't any in NYC, or none worth bothering with, unless I'm missing something. That place on 7th St. in the East Village is mediocre at best.