A Taste of Brookland Park food festival April 21
4/20/2018, 7:24 a.m.
A North Side residential and commercial corridor that dates back to the 1920s will be the toast of the town this weekend with tasty experiences.
A Taste of Brookland Park, featuring music, food trucks and restaurant samplings, will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Hungry pedestrians can stroll along Brookland Park Boulevard between Fendall and North avenues to taste food from restaurants along the route and enjoy sidewalk displays and wares from shops.
Willie Hilliard, president of the Brookland Park Area Association that is sponsoring the festival, said, “The Brookland Park Boulevard merchants are working hard to create an exclusive corridor that everyone can come to shop and experience in a welcoming environment.”
Participating restaurants and food trucks include Nomad Deli, Boogaloos Bar and Grill, Your Sandwich Shop, Eggspress/Dixie Bells, Michaela’s Bakery, Black Hand Coffee and Shrimps Seafood.
“Until BPAA was established in 2006, there was no solid group to represent boulevard merchants to city government,” said Mr. Hilliard, the owner of Trent’s Barber Shop. He said when he started working at the shop at 19 W. Brookland Park Blvd. in 2011, “not much was happening on Brookland Park Boulevard at that time.”
But today, he said, the neighborhood is undergoing transformation. “Buildings are being sold and renovated, and prospects for new business are much better as the community continues to become more diverse,” Mr. Hilliard said.
“A Taste of Brookland Park is an illustration of the community’s continuing development, more openness and inclusion of diverse businesses and cultures,” he said.
Details: Go to Brookland Park Area Association’s Facebook page.