Eat Your Way Through Smorgasburg

An open-air market with more than 100 tents filled with one-of-a-kind mozzarella sticks, to-die-for fries and scrumptious Turkish wraps, Smorgasburg is nothing short of foodie heaven. The popular food festival in Brooklyn is held on the Williamsburg waterfront on Saturdays and in Prospect Park on Sundays from 11am-6pm every weekend until November. Thereafter, the event moves to an indoor location so New Yorkers and visitors alike can enjoy all its inventive treats and bold tastes through the winter months. I headed to Brooklyn to sample all the best bites to guide Long Island foodies to a few favorite flavors.

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John’s Juice: Watermelon John

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image: devan zarenberg

“All juice, no cups,” advertises this novelty vendor. John’s Juice was born from a seemingly simple idea: serve fruit juice inside the actual fruit, no container needed. The inside of the fruit is removed, blended up into a juice and then poured back inside. Flavors include watermelon, pineapple, dragon fruit, grapefruit or orange with the optional mix-ins of agave, ginger or sparkling water. Between a pop-up location at VYNL in Manhattan and consistent attendance at Smorgasburg, John’s Juice has taken the trendy food scene by storm. Click to taste

The Original Ramen Burger: Ramen Burger

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image: devan zarenberg

A Smorgasburg classic, it’s hard to attend this gathering of foodies without giving in to the temptation of this original delicacy. Merging his Japanese and American cultures, Kyoto Shimamoto put together this creation with little expectation of how high it would soar in the market. But even though it’s been around for years, the hype and enthusiasm still haven’t worn off. Festival-goers line up at the tent in anticipation of diving into a burger patty with cheese, greens and soy sauce, nestled between two delectable ramen buns. Click to taste

Good Batch: The Goodwich

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image: leigh anderson

There’s nothing better than an ice cream sandwich on a hot day. The Good Batch’s Goodwich has everything dessert lovers dream of: vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two oat chocolate chunk cookies, sea salt and creamy fudge. Between a variety of other flavors available like mint brownie magic and birthday cake, the treat has become a Smorgasburg favorite. Click to taste

Home Frite: Truffle Parmesan Fries

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image: leigh anderson

Talk about taking French fries to a whole new level. Tossed in black truffle oil, parmesan cheese and herbs and served with a savory lemon garlic aioli, these potato slices send everyone who tastes them straight to fry heaven. Home Frite also offers regular hand-cut fries with ketchup or dutch fries with curry ketchup and onion, but let’s be real, truffle is the clear winner. Click to taste

Vaquero Products: Mango on a stick

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image: leigh anderson

Arguably one of the best and most underrated foods at Smorgasburg, mango on a stick has it all: freshness, sweetness, spice and juicy goodness. Have it plain to enjoy the pure mango flavor or cover it in chili powder and spicy sauce to add a kick. The unique flower-shaped design also gives it a photo-worthy vibe every foodstagrammer values.

Big Mozz: Mozzarella Sticks

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image: devan zarenberg

Big Mozz is serving up big flavor with its famous mozzarella sticks. Crunchy on the outside with an unreal cheese pull waiting on the inside, this delicious snack will bring you back to your childhood years. Click to taste

Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab: Wrap Döner

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image: devan zarenberg

Filled with fresh veggies, marinated chicken, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce, this flatbread wrap is a healthy break from Smorgasburg’s addictive desserts and fried foods. The only issue customers have is saving room for more. Click to taste

Wooly’s: Shaved Snow

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image: leigh anderson

The evolving dessert scene in NYC has another competitor: shaved snow. The creation falls somewhere between shaved ice and ice cream—a smooth, soft-textured dessert reminiscent of fresh snowfall on winter days. Topped with mochi, multi-colored party rocks, sea salt leche and pocky sticks, this sweet treat is both delicious and pleasing to the eye. Choose between the original leche or the ever-changing flavor of the day. Click to taste