It's not like foodies in New York City are ever lacking for a range of cuisine and culinary festivals, but Spanish fare seems woefully under-represented. (Spanish tourists in Manhattan once wandered out of Little Italy and asked where Little Spain was. True story.)
But there is hope! This Sunday, fans of all food (and wine) from the Iberian peninsula can head to Chelsea for the annual Txakoli Fair, otherwise known as Txikifest. The fair will be held right outside the doors of Txikito, a typical Basque restaurant. Txikifest is organized by his owners, the restaurateur Eder Montero (born in Bilbao) and his chef wife Alexandra Raij.
Txakoli, a "young wine," is reportedly one of the most popular drinks in Basque country. According to the event's website, "It is lightly sparkling and refreshing with an alcohol content between 10 and 12 degrees. The color of this wine is pale yellow, and its smell denotes an intense aroma of citrus, herbs and flowers."
Host restaurants include Txikito, El Quinto Pino & La Vara, and other participating eateries include La Newyorkina, Huricane Club, Kuma Inn/Uni Nom, Co & Sillivan St. Bakery, La Palapa and Bar Mateo.
Good to know: This year's proceeds will benefit Sanctuary for Families.
The fair begins Sunday, June 2nd from 1pm-5pm at 240 9th Ave, between 24th & 25th Streets. Click here for tickets.