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Red Hook Ball Fields 2007

J. Slab Apr 14, 2007 07:37 AM

hi all, i've received a few emails inquiring about when the season will be starting up this year.

spoke with the organizers, they have a tentative date. vendors are meeting this week to confirm.

i will post an announcement at The 'Chop as soon as it's settled, probably by this Tuesday at the latest...

–The Porkchop Express

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  1. bolletje RE: J. Slab Apr 15, 2007 10:09 AM

    Thanks for bringing us an update on this.

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    1. re: bolletje
      bklyngrl RE: bolletje Apr 18, 2007 09:05 AM

      It's posted, it's official. The stands are back on April 28th!!!
      Thanks J. Slab!

      1. re: bklyngrl
        Jack Barber RE: bklyngrl Apr 22, 2007 07:37 AM

        I think this is false -- given that Porkchop is an expert -- but someone at a party last night told me the ballfields opened his weekend. Can anyone confirm/deny?

        1. re: Jack Barber
          oolah RE: Jack Barber Apr 22, 2007 09:41 PM

          Went by on my bike on Saturday afternoon and there were no stands set up, despite the spectacular weather. Guess we'll have to wait until next week!

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            friseelardons RE: oolah Apr 23, 2007 05:48 AM

            went there sunday, not too many stands, but there were some goat tacos and some fried thing with cheese or chicken. just enough to whet your appetite for when the real thing opens up.

            1. re: friseelardons
              kraw RE: friseelardons Apr 24, 2007 09:54 AM

              we went this weekend, but they were at the baseball fields, and there were far fewer. had the most amazing pork tacos -- how i've missed them. don't know if this was a soft opening, or if they are moving to the baseball fields, or what, but i was happy to have found them. will check the soccer fields this weekend (the 28th).

    2. Puppimus RE: J. Slab Apr 21, 2007 08:45 AM

      Oh my god, I'm so excited. I was hoping they'd be starting today, and driven purely on wishful thinking, was just going to head over there--but luckily thought to check with Chowhound first. Do you think it will be total madness there on the first day?

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        Bob Martinez RE: Puppimus Apr 22, 2007 08:57 AM

        "Do you think it will be total madness there on the first day?"

        No. That type of feeding frenzy is reserved for places like Shake Shack.

      2. Ljubitca RE: J. Slab Apr 24, 2007 05:18 PM

        Does anyone know if there are any chilean vendors the last time I was there I didnt see any?

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          J. Slab RE: Ljubitca Apr 24, 2007 10:08 PM

          ljibitca - Victor Rojas is from Chile. most of the food is Ecuadorian, tho he's been known to bust a move. had a delish stew he made there one time, said it was a chilean favorite. chock full of everything from pork to clams. more on the stand here: http://porkchop-express.blogspot.com/...

          re: opening weekend, just got word of some late-breaking news... that did not sound good. not disastrous, but a mild letdown. details pending.... as soon as i get the official statement, i'll pass it on.....

          –The Porkchop Express

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          sabroso RE: J. Slab Apr 26, 2007 09:30 AM

          Are these vendors only there on Saturday and Sunday? I'd love to check them out but unfortunately I work those days. Any chance they are open on Friday?

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            brooklynr RE: sabroso Apr 26, 2007 10:06 AM

            They're only there on weekends (since that's when the soccer games are), but if you check out the in-depth reviews on J. Slab's excellent site (http://porkchop-express.blogspot.com) you'll discover that many of the vendors have restaurants elsewhere in Brooklyn. Not as convenient as the one-stop food extravaganza at the ballfields, but at least you can get a taste.

          2. J. Slab RE: J. Slab Apr 26, 2007 08:31 PM

            posted this a few minutes ago, but it was "removed" by chowhound. anyways, 2nd try:

            just got word. the Official opening of the ball fields has been pushed back a week to May 5. if interested, full statement (from the vendors) is up at the 'Chop....

            –The Porkchop Express

            1. AndiAttack RE: J. Slab May 13, 2007 12:58 PM

              Just returned from the soccer fields - what a great time! I recommend you bring a blanket to sit on - there were not many tables on this Sunday afternoon. Long lines for most tents, so we sampled from the three tents on the end of the Clinton side, which were not so crowded. The tent with the kabobs grilling also had these softball-sized potato, beef, and rice balls wrapped in dough. Scoop on some of their homemade green salsa. It's just a little spicy and adds some tangy flavor to the fillings. Went well with a big cup of cold horchata, a milky sweet drink. We also got a cup of the shrimp ceviche. Tasty and refreshing but a little watery. The highlight for me was a huge, savory plantain with a dollop of sour cream. On our way out I got a ziploc bag of mango slices with "todos" -- everything -- on it: hot sauce, salt and lemon juice. For those of us who want sweet, savory, salty and spicy at once! We'll be back soon.

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                livetotravel RE: AndiAttack May 13, 2007 01:35 PM

                I went last week-end - noticed quite a bit fewer tables than last year. But the good news was that the pupusas and huraches were as good as ever. I just love the vibe, the people and the food - don't think there's anything like it in the city. I'll be there again next Sunday.

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