Hester Holiday Market


One of the most fun places to get all of your holiday shopping done in NYC is at the pop-up holiday markets. There are a handful of great ones, like Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg, that I’ve vended at, but one worth checking out is the Hester Holiday Market at One Penn Plaza. 


There are about 30 amazing vendors there at the convenient and famous 34th Street right near Macy’s, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. There are booths selling handmade jewelry, accessories, art and artisanal foods and beverages.  I’ll be there selling my Squish Marshmallows (follow on Twitter and Instagram to see what dates I’ll be there) there, by the bag, holiday gift boxes, and even by the piece with the option to have your marshmallow roasted. 


I’ll also be sharing my booth with two other amazing vendors. There’s Jam Jar Bakery, selling all natural, made from scratch, pies in little mason jars. They’re ready to eat and super delicious. I even wrote a a previous post here


Also at at the booth is JLR, fun, whimsical pop-art paintings and designs. These are beyond fun and adorable and make incredible gifts for others, or, great artwork for you to hang up in your own space. 

You can find a full list of all the other great vendors here.

The Shorts:
Name: Hester Holiday Market
Location: One Penn Plaza (between 33rd and 34th Street and 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC
Dates: December 1st-21st


Taste Of Gramercy Neighborhood


This past Saturday, Gramercy Neighborhood Associates hosted the second annual Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, bringing out some of Gramercy’s best merchants. It’s a ticketed event, allowing you an allotment of tastings from the vendors, depending on the quantity of tastings purchased. 


I got to be a part of this year’s event, feeding the people my Squish Marshmallows. It was a really successful event, and I had a blast being a part of it and getting to talk to all of the tasters. (Special shout goes to Farm2Me who sponsored the table for me to be there!)


While I didn’t get to attend the food festival as a consumer, I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed tastings from all the vendors who participated (in no particular order): A Spice Lane, Bedford Cheese Shop, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Friend of a Farmer, Big Daddy’s, City Crab, Duke’s, Dos Caminos, Ichabod’s, Paul and Jimmy’s, The Stand, Barbouina, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, La Follia, FOCO, Aloha Fine Wines and Spirits, WTRMLN WTR, Ainsworth Park, EXKi, Almayass

The Shorts:
Name: Taste Of Gramercy Neighborhood
Location: Irving Place between 17th and 18th Streets, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, hopefully I’ll be back next year as a vendor, but, if not, I’ll get to be a taster. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, there was an accessible number of vendors to choose from, so you don’t feel too overwhelmed. But, they’re all serving different items, so, you can get a good variety.