Smorgasburg, a Brooklyn Flea Food Market, will open a weekly clone of their Brooklyn events (Prospect Park and Williamsburg) at the former Hutton Brickyard in Kingston. More recently known as Sailor’s Cove, a housing development that never materialized, the 10 acre waterfront parcel was previously run as a restaurant and petting zoo.
According to a front page story in yesterday’s Sunday Freeman, “The Smorgasburg operators are expected to outline their proposal to the (Kingston) Planning Board at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 14, at City Hall, 420 Broadway. No action is expected to be taken at the session.” Once permits are in place, Smorgasburg will open on Jun 4th with more than 50 vendors of local crafts and ready to eat specialty foods.
The Smorgasburg website reports “the weekly market will feature some of the Hudson Valley and upstate region’s most exciting chefs, food purveyors, and craft brewers alongside a curated selection of handmade design, vintage clothing and antiques.” It is anticipated that some of the Brooklyn vendors will be there too, as well as family-friendly entertainment.
Since The New York Times called Smorgasburg in Brooklyn “The Woodstock of Eating”, it simply makes sense to have this rendition 90 miles closer to Woodstock in the East Kingston/Rondout section of the Kingston waterfront. Eventually 100 vendors are expected to fill the indoor and outdoor spaces, with as many as 10,000 visitors expected each weekend through the fall.
Interested vendors can apply here.