Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival

Photo: Kate Milford
Photo: Kate Milford
Sun Jun 26, 2022
12:00pm to 4:00pm ET
All
Free

The Museum at Eldridge Street presents its 21st annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and 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. All events are outside this year.

What to expect?

  • Frank London and his Klezmer band
  • Yiddish singing from The Mamales
  • Chinese Opera from Chen Tao
  • Vejigantes masks with Felipe Rangel
  • Paper cutting and folding with Ling Tang
  • Food demonstrations from Alina Shteynberg and Maria Bido

And of course, Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas are available for purchase, all kosher!

Register for tickets in advance.

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.

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.  

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