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autumnlilacs Sep 13, 2008 10:23 PM

This year it's being held on Sunday September 21. Has anyone been to this festival in the past? What is it like? And most importantly, how were the food offerings? :)

  1. prunefeet Sep 14, 2008 11:31 AM

    If this is the one on 32nd St, I went a few years ago. It was decent but not amazing. It's really a street fair. They had a stage set up at one end, but I wasn't there for any performances, so I don't know what sort they were. Had some OK dumplings and some skewered shrimp and chicken. I was looking for something easy to transport back to the office tho, so I probably could have done better...I think I saw a jigae of some sort. Also there were two men in chefs whites with huge wooden mallets, pounding, in tandem, a huge blob of green rice flour dough (I believe that's what it was), which was later made into a special autumn harvest dessert (please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this). THanks a bunch for letting us know the date!

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      autumnlilacs Sep 14, 2008 10:23 PM

      It's going to be held at Flushing Meadows Park: http://queens.about.com/b/2007/10/09/chusok-korean-harvest-and-folklore-festival-in-flushing-meadows.htm

      Hmm there seems to be a discrepancy as to when it's being held. The above link says Sunday September 21, but http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things... which is probably more reliable says Saturday September 20.

      1. re: prunefeet
        Miss Needle Sep 15, 2008 06:08 AM

        There are two of these festivals -- one in Flushing Meadow Park and one on 32nd Street. The Flushing Meadow one is more spread out and larger. For both, the food was just OK. You'd probably eat better at a restaurant, but I'm always a sucker for street festivals. I generally just tend to look, get a couple of things, but do my major eating at a restaurant.

      2. DaveCook Sep 18, 2008 07:29 AM

        The Flushing event begins Saturday with a warmup for the performers; Sunday is the main festival day. Last year I attended only on Sunday...

        http://www.eatingintranslation.com/20...

        ...and as others have noted, the food was just OK. I'd expect you could find much of the same food on Saturday, too, if you're so inclined.

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