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Throwback: Brooklyn Smorgasburg 2019

Last Year around this time we were enjoying the eats and scenes at the Smorgasburg held in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. Since hubby and I are both foodies, it was no wonder that this was a must-do event for our family. We were joined by our cousin and her son (lovingly known as my nephew. Yeah, I know it doesn’t make sense, but that is our family dynamics. lol!)

It was, of course, crowded as we expected but the food made having to navigate through the crowds with a stroller so worth it. Every dish we tried was absolutely delicious. My fave dish would have to be the lobster noodles from Losterdamus. I just couldn’t stop eating it and my mini-me loved it too.

Next, we headed for another popular dish at the Smorgasburg. The Pineapple Fried Chicken. As you can see this was also a family fave. Although the line for this one can have you second-guessing whether it’s worth the wait, I am telling you it is! Once you get it, you won’t be able to put it down.

Smorgasburg Pineapple Fried Chicken

It was baby boy’s first trip to Smorgasburg. He enjoyed all of the dishes too because of course we had to share with him or else we had to deal with this death stare. lol!

There were so many interesting treats to try. We didn’t get to try them all. We were hoping to go back again this month, but with the current lockdown, we most likely will not get to Smorgasburg until this fall or next year. However, it is definitely a must if you are in the Brooklyn area.

You can learn more about Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg via their website. What I can tell you for sure is to bring your appetite and be ready to stay awhile. I learned some important lessons on my last trip to the Smorgasburg and I decided to share some tips here so you don’t make some of the same mistakes I made. It is definitely a family-friendly event, but it can become a hassle if you don’t plan properly.

Here are some tips for families going to Smorgasburg:

  1. Bring a carrier instead of a stroller. I can’t tell you how many times I had to hit the brakes with our stroller as we navigated through the crowds. I also had to apologize a million times for hitting people in the ankles because I didn’t get to stop in time. Some people were nice about it. Others, not so much!
  2. Bring some familiar snacks and beverages for the kids. We all know little ones can be finicky. Don’t assume they will like everything! You don’t want to have to go to every station trying to find something they will eat.
  3. Have a member of the party hold down a picnic table. There are a few of them, but they go fast. There are a few tables by the playground which is excellent for kids. I would recommend sending the kids with a trusted family member to hold down the fort as you go through the crowds to pick up the food.
  4. Bring a parasol or portable fan! It was hot when we went and I just wish we remembered to bring one of these along. We were melting!
  5. Commute or take an Uber! Parking in the area is a hit or miss. More of a miss! We lucked out last year only because we happen to stop for some batteries at the local pharmacy and a car happen to be leaving while we were waiting.
  6. Go to the ATM! – Not every vendor may accept cards and sometimes the processing machines act up. To ensure you don’t miss out on an awesome treat, withdraw some cash and keep it handy. I also use this as a way to stay on budget. Once the cash reserve is depleted. No more treats!
  7. Bring an Insulated Tote! – If you’re like my family, we always try to take the deliciousness home with us. A tote makes for easy transport. You’ll thank me once you don’t have to cook dinner that night.

How about you mommies? Have you ever been to the Smorgasburg? If so, what are some of your tips?

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