Third Year In A Row: Harlem EatUp! Celebrating Uptown’s Food Flavor

Food lovers from all over the world made their way to Uptown this weekend for that annual festival dedicated to showing off Harlem’s unique food culture. More than 15,000 people gathered together in the Morningside Park in Manhattan for the “Ultimate Grand Stroll, May 20th and 21st.  They got to sample signature dishes from dozens of local bakeries and restaurants. 

The two-day festival brought out the likes of journalist Tamron Hall, singer Freddie Jackson, socialite Sidra Smith, TV personality Bevy Smith and director Thelma Golden.

Tamron Hall makes a guest appearance at the festival.

Photo Credit: Bossip

Photo Credit: Bossip

The Harlem EatUp! Festival is the creation of “Red Rooster” founder Marcus Samuelsson and his partner Herb Karlitz. It’s made to bring customers to Harlem while showcasing its local restaurants. The proceeds from the festival will go towards local charities.

Roger Mooking and Chef Marcus Samuelsson at Harlem EatUp!’s Third Annual Festival

The meals dished up by participating eateries didn’t disappoint! Red Rooster served jerked short rib wit pickled slaw, Blvd Bistro handed out shrimp and grits with bacon, Harlem Burger’s sliders with tzatziki sauce, and newcomer Row House brought out seared diver scallops with edible flowers.

It was a sight to behold and the crowd loved it!

Besides the Ultimate Grand Stroll, Harlem EatUp!, which runs from May 15 through May 21st, hosts dinners, cooking demonstrations and talks. It was a sight to behold and a festival that has a great taste!