The Grub Street Food Festival Is Back on October 20

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It's back!

On Sunday, October 20, Grub Street will once again be taking over the Lower East Side's Hester Street Fair. For our fourth annual go, we've enlisted new friends to join some of our oldest and most trusted vendors. We're just a few days away from the full list, but a little sneak preview of what to expect is straight ahead.

For the first time ever, Dominique Ansel Bakery will bring a pop-up shop to the market, and from 2 to 4 p.m. the Cronut inventor will be doling out chowder. "Cocoa chowder," that is, which we're told by the bakery consists of "warm hazelnut brioche bread bowl filled with dark chocolate," and a choice of toppings like fleur de sel and cinnamon marshmallows. But that's not all: Like Charlie and his chocolate factory, one dozen tickets will be "hidden" among the desserts like so many golden tickets. Winners don't get to hang with Gene Wilder and Veruca Salt, but they do get a free Cronut out of the deal. Instantly.

Bunker and Pok Pok Phat Thai will bring the Vietnamese and Thai food, respectively, along with Vendy Award winner Khao Man Gai NY. Sweets from Doughnut Plant and Butter & Scotch will also be available, as well as selections from Eastwood and Duck's Eatery, which will serve pastrami sandwiches. Newcomer Heartbeet Juicery joins BabyCakes on a large roster of vendors offering vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free snacks.

There will also be a dedicated Grub Street beer garden with a bunch of pints and perks, complete with a Bud Light tailgate zone playing the Jets-Patriots game. Brews include Goose Island IPA and and the seasonal Pumpkin Shock Top. Elsewhere, D.J.'s Lawrence Lee and Tommy Saleh of NYCULT will be spinning your favorite tunes, along with D.J.'s from Santos Party House.

Watch this space and follow Hester Street Fair for more information as it becomes available, but for now, definitely set the afternoon aside. It's free to get in, and it all goes down between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 20.