Countdown to the 2nd Annual Harlem EatUp! Festival – May 19th through May 22nd 2016

Second Annual Harlem EatUp! Festival

Last year,  the first Harlem EatUp! Festival was a blast, (see hightlights and video) and next month the Second Annual Harlem EatUp! Festival will once again celebrate the food, culture, music and Spirit of Harlem from May 19th through May 22nd, 2016.

Honorary Chair President Bill Clinton and Harlem EatUp festival co-founders Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz recently announced the second annual Harlem EatUp! Festival, which will take place at various Harlem locations including two days at Morningside Park. The festival schedule of events will once again feature incredible food on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd  at THE STROLL featuring THE TASTE | THE MARKET | EATUP! MAIN STAGE in Morningside Park, which was a highlight of last year’s Harlem Eatup event. Get your Harlem EatUp Tickets and come enjoy the festivities!  Harlem restaurants participating in this year’s festival include Sylvia’s, Red Rooster, Melba’s, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, The Cecil, Vinateria, BLVD Bistro, Blujeen, Row House, and many more.

As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, the festival’s net proceeds will be donated to Harlem Park to Park and Citymeals-on-Wheels, two non-profit organizations that have a positive and direct impact on the Harlem community.

Second Annual Harlem EatUp! Festival

“Last year, the entire community came together to commemorate and celebrate a neighborhood I love, Harlem, at the inaugural Harlem EatUp! festival,” said President Bill Clinton. “It is an honor to be a part of this festival as it continues to gain momentum into its second year. I have been coming to Harlem for more than 45 years, and my office has been here for 15 years. This festival is truly a great representation of the remarkable people and culture that make this community so vibrant.”

“The Harlem EatUp! Festival is inspired by the community, culture, hospitality and energy that we feel here every day in Harlem,” said Chef, Restaurateur and Co-Founder of Harlem EatUp! Marcus Samuelsson. “Highlighting the food, art, music and culture that makes this neighborhood so vibrant, this festival continues to shine a light on the abundance of homegrown Harlem businesses and talent right here inside of this community.”


Official Harlem EatUp! Full Event Schedule:

Friday May 20th, 2016

DINE IN HARLEM – A Series of Dinners celebrating Harlem

Make sure you have a seat! For one night only, an array of Harlem restaurants and chefs will host acclaimed chefs from NYC and across the country to collaborate on multi-course menus that showcase the unique feel of Harlem’s landscape.

Menus will be paired with wines from the Bordeaux Wine Council, and each dinner will feature dynamic Harlem artists and performers, making Dine In Harlem one of the biggest multi-room dinner parties this season. Some of these collaborative dinners include: Sylvia’s, hosted by Tren’ness Woods-Black with guest chef Carla Hall; Minton’s, hosted by chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson with guest chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Jenkins; Blujeen, hosted by chef Lance Knowling with guest chef Justin Smillie; Melba’s, hosted by Melba Wilson with guest chef Jacques Torres; and Ginny’s hosted by Marcus Samuelsson with guest chefs Nyesha Arrington and Marvin Woods, with special guest Brad Johnson and honoring Thelma Golden, Director & Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, with the first-ever Harlem EatUp! Luminary Award.

Saturday May 21st & Sunday May 22nd, 2016


THE STROLL presented by Citi®, Saturday, May 21st

THE STROLL presented by Aetna, Sunday, May 22nd

Location: Morningside Park (112th & Manhattan Avenue, New York, NY)

Time: Citi Early Access 12 noon / General Admission 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

EAT UP! SIP, SEE & HEAR! Come spend the day in Harlem’s Morningside Park at The Stroll

The Taste: A VIP ticketed walk-around tasting where Harlem chefs and restaurants will serve up tasty bites of their signature menu items. Enjoy tastes from more than 35 restaurants including Sylvia’s, Red Rooster, Melba’s, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, The Cecil, BLVD Bistro, Blujeen, Row House, and so many more.

Sip from a wide selection of fine wines, spirits and beer as you meet fine artists and listen to music.

Admission to The Taste: $80 per person (per day). Ticket includes access to unlimited food and drink, as well as access to The Market and the EatUp! Main Stage presented by Macy’s on the LG Stage.

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

The Market: Come one, come all to this family-friendly experience, where a showcase of a variety of foods, as well as fine wines, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. The Market will also feature Harlem exhibitors who will sell their specialty food, a Kids’ Zone with hands-on activities, fine artists and more.

Make sure to check out the culinary demos on the EatUp! Main Stage presented by Macy’s on the LG Stage featuring both Harlem and celebrity chefs. Watch Emeril Lagasse, Marcus Samuelsson, Daniel Boulud, Carla Hall, Joseph “JJ” Johnson, and more as they entertain, share new recipes and tips of the trade.
Tickets are not required to enter The Market and all ages are welcome. Must be 21 years old to purchase wine and beer; must be consumed within the wine and beer garden.