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Lower Westchester Block Parties, Festivals,Church Fairs, etc?

Sloth May 29, 2008 12:49 PM

Just moved to Fleetwood/Mt. Vernon late last summer and missed the season for outdoor festivals and the like. So, are there any around here that you are looking forward to? I'm interested in anything from a once-a-year fundraising dinner with the best (insert food of choice) to county fairs with a dazzling array of local produce products. Ethnic/international flavors are a plus. Prefer public transportion but will drive if necessary (and gas doesn't go to $10/gal.).
Many thanks.

  1. Cheese Boy May 29, 2008 08:54 PM

    'GREEK FESTIVAL 2008' in September -- Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 10 Mill Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804 (Intersection of Mill Road & North Avenue) Phone: 914-235-6100

    Food, music, drinks.

    1. roxlet May 30, 2008 03:27 PM

      This is not a food event (at least I don't think so) but I drove by the church on 22 in Eastchester today(just north of Concordia College) and they have what looks like a real old-fashioned carnival set up.

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        dolores May 30, 2008 03:44 PM

        Sloth, I tried to find just the local Italian festivals, and came up with this. If gas doesn't go through the roof, this site has festivals in NY, CT and NJ:

        http://www.niaf.org/research/festival...&

        The St. Anthony and Mount Carmel festas in White Plains are especially good.

        1. re: roxlet
          Sloth May 31, 2008 06:20 AM

          Cool. Those carnivals can be like a foodie garage sale. Lots of garbage, but you never know when you'll find something rare and wonderful. I always check 'em out when I can. Too bad I have to work today, maybe they'll still be there on Sunday.

          1. re: roxlet
            SweetPea914 Jun 2, 2008 06:51 PM

            That was just for this past weekend. The food vendor was Chubby's which is apparently a newish restaurant in the Eastchester/Tuckahoe area. I was actually working there and alhough I made myself lunch, I left it at home and ended having to buy food from them. It was very average to below average. One day I had a slice of pizza which was ok, another day I tried the penne a la vodka which looked good, but it lacked flavor and came with a meatball that was very dense and had a weird texture.I picked up a menu, but it will likely end up in the garbage very soon.
            Someone else was selling fried oreo's which sound good in theory, but I didn't dare try them :-)

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              jhopp217 Jun 4, 2008 07:50 PM

              Never judge a place by its catering. I used to eat at Trinity in Harrison and the food was amazing, but when they catered parties it was horrible.

              Remember, it's a pizza place basically, and like all places it's going to hve a rough time on Friday and Saturday nights. Try it during the week and get the Thanksgiving wedge. Delicious! The Al Pacino and the Popeye Alfredo good pizzas. I live up the street so I try not to pop in too much. Could form a bad habit!

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            jhopp217 May 30, 2008 03:52 PM

            Tuckahoe used to have a pretty good street fair back in the day (usually around memorial or labor day). I know they still have them once in a while, but don't know if the food is a big attraction.

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              cavandre May 31, 2008 07:21 AM

              We moved out of the area a couple of years ago. Tthe Westchester County Parks Dept. used to sponser 6-8 ethnic festivals at various county parks over the course of the summer. Are they still doing that?

              1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream May 31, 2008 08:02 AM

                Just read in the Times that there's an Albanian festival on June 8 at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla.

                Actually, looking at the website, looks like there's one today too-- an Asian festival.
                http://www.westchestergov.com/calenda...

                5/31/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                ASIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Kensico Dam Plaza
                Bronx River Parkway

                6/8/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                ALBANIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Kensico Dam Plaza
                Bronx River Parkway
                Valhalla, NY 10595

                6/15/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                NEW ECUADORIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION II
                Location: Croton Point Park
                Croton Point Avenue
                Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

                6/29/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Kensico Dam Plaza
                Bronx River Parkway
                Valhalla, NY 10595

                7/13/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                ITALIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Kensico Dam Plaza
                Bronx River Parkway
                Valhalla, NY 10595

                7/13/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                IRISH HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Ridge Road Park
                Ridge Road
                Hartsdale, NY 10530

                7/20/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                POLISH HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Kensico Dam Plaza
                Bronx River Parkway
                Valhalla, NY 10595

                7/20/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                ARAB HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Tibbetts Brook Park
                Midland Avenue
                Yonkers, NY 10705

                7/27/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Kensico Dam Plaza
                Bronx River Parkway
                Valhalla, NY 10595

                8/3/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                INDIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Kensico Dam Plaza
                Bronx River Parkway
                Valhalla, NY 10595

                8/10/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                ECUADORIAN FESTIVAL
                Location: Croton Point Park
                Croton Point Avenue
                Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

                8/17/08
                Westchester County Parks Dept.
                YIDDISH HERITAGE CELEBRATION
                Location: Kensico Dam Plaza
                Bronx River Parkway
                Valhalla, NY 10595

                Check the website for more info. All the ones at kensico have free parking (though if you're taking the train, that wouldn't matter), but some of the others have a $10 parking fee. I don't know how good these are though-- maybe others can comment?
                I went to the Italian one a few years ago, and it was ok-- food good and greasy, "crafts" and gifts crappy.

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                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
                  Sloth May 31, 2008 09:37 AM

                  Woo Hoo! That's what I'm talking about! Thank you so much ice cream eater. But if anyone knows of others not listed here, please keep the thread going.

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                    i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream May 31, 2008 09:41 AM

                    Glad to help!!! :) Post back if you end up going!

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                  jhopp217 Jun 1, 2008 09:11 AM

                  In September or October there is the Meideval Festival at the Cloisters. Not technically Westchester, but close. I haven't been in years but I remember there being tons of food and things to do.

                  1. SweetPea914 Jun 2, 2008 06:55 PM

                    Never been to this Ukrainian Festival, but plan on going this year...

                    http://www.brama.com/yonkersukrainian...
                    St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church
                    Corner of North Broadway and Shonnard Place in Yonkers, NY

                    has anyone ever been?

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                      cavandre Jun 3, 2008 07:52 AM

                      When we lived in Yonkers, we never missed it. Pierogis, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, etc., washed down with a beer...Slovak soul food.

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                        SweetPea914 Jun 3, 2008 09:43 AM

                        You just said all the magic words my friend :-)
                        If it's anywhere even close to as good as Grandma's I'll be happy... Westchester is sorely lacking a good Ukranian/Polish/Slovak restaurant, even a deli for take out would be nice

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                          cavandre Jun 3, 2008 10:35 AM

                          We moved out of the area nearly 3 years ago, so I don't know if the following is still valid.

                          On Lockwood Ave. in Yonkers, there was a market that smoked their own kielbasa. The name was something like "Marsarnya". (I know the spelling is wrong.). They had 4 or 5 types of kielbasa, including a spicier Hungarian style. The also sold pirorgis, mustards, good rye bread, etc. If you went up Lockwood from Saw Mill River Rd., they were about 150 yds. up on your left, before you went under the Saw Mill Pkwy. bridge.

                          1. re: cavandre
                            SweetPea914 Jun 3, 2008 05:16 PM

                            Hmm, the Saw Mill is the one road I haven't really learned. Does it connect with the Sprain? Thanks for the info, Is Lockwood a long road? I'll google the place and see if I can find an address

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                              cavandre Jun 3, 2008 07:29 PM

                              The Saw Mill connects with the Cross County, but don't think there's a direct connection with the Sprain.

                              The part of Lockwood between Saw Mill River River Road & the Saw Mill Parkway can't be more than 1/2 long. Try this link:

                              http://www.mapquest.com/maps/%5B63-72...

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                                Cheese Boy Jun 3, 2008 08:50 PM

                                The Saw Mill connects with the Sprain near Pleasantville only IIRC -- just before it turns into the Taconic.

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                                  chowdom Jun 4, 2008 04:47 AM

                                  Miasarnia Meat 965-1665 (it seemed dirty to me), I personally like the Polish Deli 225 Nepperhan Ave 914-476-1183 ( it helps if you speak the language)

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                          pobo Jun 2, 2008 07:16 PM

                          There is a terrific fair on June 22 - the Mamaroneck Historic Harbor Street Fair. Most of the food is from local restaurants, including Le Provencal, Cafe Meze, etc. Tall ships, parade, it's a fun event. Here's a link: http://www.mamaroneckstreetfair.org/

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                            SweetPea914 Jun 2, 2008 07:24 PM

                            We went to that last year and it was wonderful! The Indian restaurant had a booth and the food was really good!

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