No name is more appropriate for a huge parking lot full of gourmet food and drinks than Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. If you’re lucky enough to live nearby, I hope you are aware of the backyard treasure you possess. What could be better than a weekend spent sampling feel-good food while supporting independent chefs and local businesses?
Saturday brought some gusty wind but plenty of sunshine to this diverse collection of food, desserts and specialty vendors who all modestly hustle to sell their gourmet jams, mustards, taffy and even beer-making kits. As I walked through the buoyant crowd I was completely overwhelmed with decisions between lobster rolls, fried mozzarella and handmade s’mores–none of which was made easier with an empty stomach. But before I succumbed to dessert sampling I decided to stop by Saucy By Nature’s stall to check out their falafel offerings and ultimately landed on the Cilantro Lime with roasted hot pepper and fontina cheese.
At $4 for a bite size (one falafel and a piece of pita bread) it’s not a bad bargain. They’ll also give you a free “bite” if you buy two of their sauces. The falafel was cooked perfectly with a great crisp on the outside while the fontina added the right amount of richness to balance out the zesty lime sauce. If you’re seeking a heartier meal upgrade to the whole size and sip on their refreshing lemonade that can be sweetened with organic agave nectar. To top it off, they are seriously the friendliest workers who want you to be a happy eater.
While I tried some and restrained myself even more, I did scope out several of the dessert booths, but one took the cake–in the form of raw chocolate. Brooklyn-based Fine & Raw had little pieces of heaven on sample plates; namely, their chocolate truffles (pictured below).
Dense, moist, and rich with high quality cocoa flavor. If you have a sweet tooth that calls the shots you must at the very least visit their website and tantalize your eyes.
Smorgasburg is open from 11-6, every Saturday, rain or shine! To get excited about next weekend or more info on Smorgasburg visit their site: http://www.brooklynflea.com/smorgasburg/
Diana Tsuchida U.F.P Contributor