Harlem’s headline food festival, Harlem EatUp! Returns for a third year next week with more celebrity chef dinners than ever, two days of grand tastings in picturesque Morningside Park, cooking demos, kids’ activities and even a concert at The Apollo Theater.
“The Harlem EatUp! Festival is inspired by the vibrancy of the Harlem community and all that it encompasses: music, art, people and of course, food,” says Marcus Samuelsson, local chef, restaurateur and co-founder of the festival.
Tuesday through Friday, guests can ‘Dine in Harlem’ with Samuelsson and chefs Dominique Crenn, Carla Hall, Dale Talde, Laurent Tourondel and more guests from across the country. Saturday and Sunday, ‘The Stroll’ takes over Morningside Park with grand tastings from neighborhood restaurants, food and beverage vendors, live music and sponsor tents.
Festivalgoers have the rare opportunity to experience Harlem’s best restaurants in one weekend, including landmarks like Melba’s, Minton’s, Red Rooster and Ginny’s Supper Club, plus local favorites Harlem Shake, Harlem Tavern, Row House, Streetbird Rotisserie and Vinateria.
Travelers and locals alike may be surprised at the variety of cuisines available in the historic neighborhood often associated with soul food. Discover African fare from Safari Restaurant, Caribbean from LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Ethiopian at Zoma and Indian at Chaiwali. Of course, there’s plenty of fried chicken, pizza and burgers to boot.
And there’s plenty of entertainment beyond eating and drinking all week. More than 30 artists and musicians participate, providing a Billie Holiday tribute concert at The Apollo on May 16, performances at The Stroll and art on display.
Browse the gallery above for scenes from last year’s festival, and view the schedule and ticket information at harlemeatup.Com. Ticket sales benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels and Harlem Park to Park.