The Museum at Eldridge Street presents its 18th annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival, a joyous celebration of the diverse ethnic communities of the Museum's Lower East Side neighborhood. With the Museum's magnificent home, the 1887 landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, as its centerpiece, the festival spills out onto the street with a mash-up of Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights and sounds.
What to expect?
Klezmer, cantorial, mambo, salsa and Chinese folk music
Chinese opera and Yiddish folk dancing
Hebrew and Chinese scribal art
Puerto Rican mask making
Kreplach, dumpling and empanada demos, challah braiding
Mah jongg, dominoes, crafts for kids and more!
Mini-tours of the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue
And of course, Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas are available for purchase, all kosher!
The festival lies at the heart of the Museum's mission to celebrate both the Eastern European Jewish heritage embodied by our landmark site, and also the continuing immigrant community of the neighborhood.
Register in advance, so the organizers have an idea of what to expect, crowd-wise.
PS: The Festival was originally named for two foods - the Egg Roll and the Egg Cream - that are associated with the Jewish and the Chinese communities of the Lower East Side. Few people realize that those foods were in fact American innovations and not foods from the Old Country. This is the perfect metaphor for a Festival that celebrates each immigrant group's encounter with America. Last year, the Museum added Empanadas to the title, extending the celebration to the Puerto Rican community of the area. While empanadas are native to the Puerto Rican culture, there have been innovations in the way they are served up in the United States.