Sunday Is Pickle Day!

I always thought there should be a Pickle Day–and now my wish has come true! And fittingly, it’s being getting cipro without a prescription celebrated on the Lower East Side here in Manhattan.

A bit of history: Pickle barrels and pushcarts were pervasive on the LES a hundred years ago. Selling those lumps of brined yumminess was a relatively cheap and easy way to make a living for newly-arrived Eastern European immigrants. And there was most definitely a demand, as in the days before reliable at-home refrigeration, the process made vegetables last much, much longer. And so the Pickle District was born.

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So what better place to celebrate those lovely transformed cucumbers than The Lower East Side?

The fun takes place this Sunday, the 27th on Orchard St. between 12 noon and 5 pm. Over a dozen picklers will be present, plus a terrific representation of noted LES restaurants, like The Meatball Shop, Mission Chinese and Russ & Daughters. Local retail stores will also be hawking their wares.

Add to that a Home Pickling Contest with two categories: Pickled Pickles and Pickled Other. To enter, bring five jars of your goodies (one for each judge). Your work will be judged for appearance, flavor and texture; the competition promises to be stiff, so bring the best you’ve got.

Of course there will be live music. Plus a Halloween Costume contest for both kids and adults! (To enter, check in at the LES BID table (Orcahrd Street between Delancey and Rivington between 1:00 and 2:30 and be judged by Fantasy Grandma.

Apparently there is a National PIckle Day, but it isn’t until November 14th, but who cares. We New Yorkers are always ahead of the curve!


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