Smorgasburg WTC & Brooklyn Flea Markets in 2019
Smorgasburg Outdoor Season Launches April 6+7; Weekly “Smorgasburg WTC” Friday Market At Westfield World Trade Center; Saturday Brooklyn Flea Returns To North Brooklyn At The Williamsburg Hotel
Twenty-five food vendors will enliven Fulton Street between WTC2 and Oculus every Friday starting April 12; 50+ Flea vendors will sell from unique hotel patio every Saturday starting April 6; Largest and strongest group of new Smorgasburg vendors span world’s cuisines; Smorgasburg Japan’s Osaka chefs to pop up in Brooklyn May 4+5; Smorgasburg LA attracting 10K+ people every Sunday.
Smorgasburg, the world’s leading weekly outdoor food market, enters its ninth season by adding an iconic location at Westfield World Trade Center, where 25 food vendors will set up every Friday (starting April 12 through at least October) on Fulton Street between Church and Greenwich St., adjacent to the Oculus. In partnership with Westfield World Trade Center and The Port Authority of NY & NJ, “Smorgasburg WTC” picks up where its successful three-day trial run in November 2018 left off: Adding exciting, diverse food options and robust street life to a site heavily trafficked by workers, residents, and visitors to the city.
For the fourth year, Smorgasburg is staying put at its longtime weekend locations: Saturdays at East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront and Sundays at Breeze Hill in majestic Prospect Park, in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. With more vendors than any weekly market in America, the spellbinding scale of Smorgasburg is unchanged: 100 flame-grilling, live-torching, head-spinning, and lip-smacking entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams for crowds of 20,000 people in the most exciting food environment anywhere.
Speaking of the environment, Smorgasburg has emerged as likely the largest and most progressive zero-waste event in America, diverting a million pounds of waste from landfill annually with its strict ban on glass, plastic, and cans; the market will continue to provide compostable cups at free water-filling stations and is working toward more innovative multi-use formats for utensils.
This year’s crop of new vendors is not only the market’s largest yet, it’s also the most diverse and compelling. Three Venezuelan friends bring their arepas and overstuffed hot dogs from the home nation they escaped. Afghan comfort-food seller (and 2018 Vendy Rookie of the Year) Nansense brings his mantu dumplings and hearty vegetable stew to the markets. Millers and Makers mill their own rye flour for their uniquely delicious chocolate-chip cookie. Tori-San’s okonomiyaki and karaage combo puts a dazzling twist on chicken and waffles. Chofi Familia’s birria stewed-beef dipping tacos are a wonderland of Mexican spices. And Kochin’s dazzling dessert concoctions combine reunited Vietnamese friends’ east and west flavors.
Come to our press preview to receive the full list of new vendors, meet them and taste their top dishes, take photos, and have a cocktail. Thursday, March 28, 4:00-7:00pm, at the Smorgasburg Winter Market indoor location at the Atlantic Center, 625 Atlantic Ave. (next to Party City). RSVP here.
Brooklyn Flea’s 12th season launches April 6 with a brand-new Saturday venue at The Williamsburg Hotel on Wythe Ave. at N. 10 St., just two blocks from its sister Smorgasburg flagship on the East River on the same day. Relocating to Williamsburg for the first time since 2016 after two seasons in Industry City, the Flea’s 50 antique and handmade vendors will set up on a unique second-floor patio that is partially covered and fully visible from high-traffic Wythe Avenue.
With its thriving Sunday counterpart at DUMBO’s Manhattan Bridge Archway, Brooklyn Flea remains the leading vintage market in New York City, with world-class sellers of mid-century furniture, clothing, jewelry, shoes, and treasures from every decade, postcards, maps, records, and ephemera from past times, plus beautiful handmade jewelry, shoes, clothing, and more by local makers.
Smorgasburg deepens its connection with Japan in 2019, where it has held three markets since 2017: An annual October market for a dozen vendors in Osaka, plus a 60-vendor market in Saitama (just outside Tokyo). Smorgasburg Osaka returns this fall, featuring three Brooklyn vendors alongside eight local chefs. The weekend of May 4+5, six of the Osaka chefs will visit Brooklyn for a two-day pop-up inside the Williamsburg and Prospect Park markets, not to be missed.
This Friday, March 29, the Smorgasburg X Vice Night Market continues in South Williamsburg at Villain, with 10 food vendors, astrology-chart readings by Broadly, DJs for dancing, and fun for all. The biweekly Friday-night market will continue into the spring, with future dates to be announced soon.
The weekend of May 25+26, Smorgasburg Sao Paulo makes its debut, featuring 100 vendors—the vast majority local to Sao Paulo—at Praça Armando de Sales Oliveira in Brazil’s largest city. And one month earlier, April 27+28, two top Sao Paulo chefs will pop up at the Brooklyn markets: Fàbio Benedetti, of the traditional Sao Paulo restaurant Paellas Pepe, will cook his renowned paella valenciana, with Brazilian rice and Brazilian olive oil; and Donato Gálvez, founder of Stunt Burger, will make his Raclette Burger using cheese from the Brazilian state of Paraná.
Smorgasburg is partnering with CaribBEING and Prospect Park Alliance to celebrate Caribbean Heritage month on Sunday, June 16, at Prospect Park with special pop-up food and culture vendors (including Peppa’s of Crown Heights) serving jerk and other island specials, plus DJs throughout the afternoon.
Smorgasburg will return for a second year as food-and-beverage partner at “Movies With A View,” the annual summer outdoor-film series presented by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, where six vendors will serve 5,000+ people for eight Thursday evenings in July and August.
The thrice-annual Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns Saturday, May 18, at Smorgasburg, historically one of the busiest market days of the season.
Smorgasburg LA continues to surge in popularity and notoriety, attracting more than 20,000 people this past Sunday, with crowds consistently over 10,000 so far in 2019. Vendors at the Downtown LA market are fast becoming city- and nationwide stories: Just in the last month, Tacos 1986 (Los Angeles Times), Moo’s Craft Barbecue (Food & Wine), and Poncho’s Tlayudas (The New York Times) have made headlines.
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Outdoor Locations 2019
Fridays, 11:30am-7:00pm, April 12 through October
Oculus Plaza, Fulton St. (between Church St. + Greenwich St.), Manhattan
25 Food Vendors
Saturdays, 11:00am-6:00pm, April 6 through October
East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7 St.), Brooklyn
100 Food Vendors + Full Bar
Sundays, 11:00am-6:00pm, April 7 through October
Prospect Park, Breeze Hill, Brooklyn
80 Food Vendors + Full Bar
Smorgasburg X Vice Night Market
Friday, March 29, 6:00pm-Midnight (future dates TBA)
Villain, 307 Kent Ave. (at S. 3rd St.), S. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10 Vendors + Full Bar + DJs + Astrology Readings
Saturdays, 11:00am-6:00pm, April 6 through October
The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Ave. (at N. 10 St.), Brooklyn
50 Shopping Vendors
Sundays, 10:00am-5:00pm, April 7 through October
Manhattan Bridge Archway, 10 Anchorage Pl. (at Water St.), Brooklyn
60 Shopping Vendors + 5 Food Vendors
Sundays, 10:00am-4:00pm, Year-Round
ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St. (at Bay St.), Los Angeles
65 Food Vendors + 10 Shopping Vendors + Beer Garden
Saturday + Sunday, October 5+6, 11:00am-9:00pm
Nakatsu, Osaka, Japan
12 Food Vendors + Beer Garden
“Movies With A View”
Thursdays, 6:00pm, July + August
Brooklyn Bridge Park
6 Food Vendors + Bar