Harlem EatUp! Hosts Third Annual Festival

- By Bossip Staff

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: Roger Mooking and Karl Franz Williams attend Harlem EatUp!’s Third Annual Festival Weekend on May 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp! )

Harlem EatUp! Celebrates Uptown’s Food Scene

Foodies made their way up uptown this weekend for an annual festival dedicated to showing off Harlem’s vibrant food culture.

More than 14,000 people converged on the Morningside Park in Manhattan for the “Ultimate Grand Stroll,” May 20th and 21st, where they sampled signature dishes from dozens of local eateries.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: Harlem EatUp!’s Third Annual Festival Weekend at Morningside Park on May 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!)

And the meals dished up by the dozens of participating eateries did not disappoint: Red Rooster served jerked short rib wit pickled slaw, Blvd Bistro handed out shrimp and grits with bacon, Harlem Burger’s sliders with tzatziki sauce went down well with the crowd, while newcomer Row House brought out seared diver scallops decorated with edible flowers.

Besides the “Ultimate Grand Stroll,” Harlem EatUp!, which runs from May 15 through May 21st, hosts dinners, cooking demonstrations and talks.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: Atmosphere at Harlem EatUp!’s Third Annual Festival Weekend on May 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp! )

The two-day bacchanal brought out the likes of journalist Tamron Hall, singer Freddie Jackson, socialite Sidra Smith, TV personality Bevy Smith and Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: Tamron Hall attends Harlem EatUp!’s Third Annual Festival Weekend on May 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp! )

The Harlem EatUp! Festival is the brainchild of “Red Rooster” founder Marcus Samuelsson and his partner Herb Karlitz, as a way to bring more customers to Harlem while showcasing its restaurants.

The proceeds from the benefit will go towards local charities.

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