In case you haven’t noticed, the food in many NYC Parks has been seriously upgraded in the past few years.  When my kids were little, there were usually only hot dogs and pretzels available.  Now you can get Wafels & Dinges, NY Dosas, Calexico Carne Asada, and food from many other excellent vendors too.

In recognition of these great vendors, and to introduce some of the new vendors, the city is having a Taste Of The Parks Showcase on Wed, June 22nd.

EVENT: This summer, Parks will offer everything from West Indian, Belgian, and Latin cuisine to traditional New York fare with a twist – like organic hot dogs, specialty pretzels, and pizza… a la cart!

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Food Vendors Committee of Red Hook Park Executive Director, Cesar Fuentes, will welcome 17 of Parks’ specialty food vendors from around the five boroughs to celebrate their award-winning goods.

Popular favorites including Vendy award winners Wafels and Dinges, New York Dosa Cart, and many more will tempt you with the best food variety that can now be found in public parks.  The new specialty vendors Desi Food Truck, Pullcart, and Rouge Tomate, will be there as well.

DATE: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

TIME: Event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, with a Speaking Program at 12:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Arsenal in Central Park 830 Fifth Ave. (at 64th Street)