October 23, 2009
Enjoy some family fun with pumpkin carving in Central Park this Friday afternoon (today!) from 2:30-4:30 pm. Pumpkins are available first come, first served - or bring your own! And then come back on Sunday afternoon from 3:00-6:00pm for free candy, storytelling, and then set your jack-o-lantern creations afloat at the Halloween Pumpkin Sail. Both events occur at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center located inside the Park at 110th St (btwn Fifth and Lenox Aves). No reservations are required and admission is free of charge.
Love dumplings? Come out on Saturday afternoon from noon-5:00pm for the NYC Dumpling Festival. Watch competitors try to outdo each other during the event's 6th annual dumpling eating contest. The best part of the event? Being able to sample dumplings from around the world such as gnocchi (Italy), tamale (Mexico), palitaw (Philippines), kuih koci (Malaysia), idli (India), bao (China), and pierogi (Poland). The event occurs at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park on E. Houston St (by the Whole Foods). No reservations are required and admission is free of charge.
Not full yet? Head out on Sunday to the monthly New Amsterdam Market from 11:00am-4:00pm at South Street Seaport. Enjoy demonstrations from celebrated local butchers and products from favorite nearby vendors like The Bent Spoon (the best ice cream in NJ!), Luke's Lobster (lobster rolls!), and Porchetta (pork sandwiches!). The market is on South St (btwn Beekman St and Peck Slip).