Field Trips

  • SAFRIG Field Trips – Tuesday, August 6

    Please sign-up for the fieldtrips when registering for the conference:

    Space is limited, so sign-up is first come, first served.

    8:15am – 12:30pm     Tour 1: Immigrant Foodways Public Market and Neighborhood Tour

    Costs: $53.50 ($26.75 for students)

    Time: leave hotel 8:15 am (train); tour 9 am to 12:30 pm From farms to pushcarts to public markets, this walking and tasting tour explores historical aspects of New York’s food system and the influence of Caribbean and Latin American cultures and cuisines on the past and present of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Once known for its pickles and kosher meat, today the eastern section of Williamsburg serves up herbal tea remedies from Mexico, sounds of salsa, and traditional ingredients and foods from Latin American and Caribbean countries. Based on more than 20 interviews with neighborhood residents and local business owners and original archival research, this tour explores the history of Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” “once the heart of a Jewish community“ and takes an in-depth look at the Moore Street Market, built in 1941 to mark the end of the pushcart era and today a centerpiece of the Spanish-speaking community. Major stops on the tour include visits with market vendors, a 40-year old butcher shop, and a cuchifritos restaurant. By the end, you’ll be equipped with new knowledge about Latin American and Caribbean ingredients, a booklet of traditional recipes to help you recreate the tastes and smells of the market, and hopefully an appreciation for the people that have made and continue to make Williamsburg a place to call home. A portion of all ticket sales goes to support businesses that participate in the tour, as well as community-based initiatives at the Moore Street Market, operated by the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation.

    The Tour Menu: Tastings on the tour may include (but are subject to change) morcilla sausage, green bananas and onions, pork rinds, roasted pork and chicken, tamales, sancocho stew, batidos (Latin American hand-made beverages), plantains, sorullos (corn fritters), tembleque, herbal tea, and tamarind juice. With advance notice, some dietary preferences/restrictions can be accommodated. Many diets can be accommodated on this tour with advance notice, including vegetarians, dairy-free, and nut-free diets. Individuals who have vegan or gluten-free diets will have more limited options on this tour due to the nature of Latin American and Caribbean-style diets and offerings, and will need to double up on tastings at stops to substitute for other stops.

    1:15 – 4:00 pm           Tour 2: Food Cart Tour of Midtown

    Costs: $49.00 ($24.50 for students)

    Time: Leave hotel 1:45 pm (walk); tour 2 to 4pm

    Description: Get a taste of Midtown Manhattan on a food cart tour that explores the history of New York’s street vending industry and the challenges of running these thriving but feverishly demanding small businesses. You’ll sample an international buffet of offerings, observe the constructive genius that crams full kitchens into improbably small carts, learn about debates over public space and street vendor advocacy efforts, and hear the stor of their proprietors, from former restaurant chefs to family-run businesses. You will never look at street carts the same way again once you see “and taste“ the delectable dishes that are crafted in these curbside kitchens. A portion of all ticket sales go to support the vendors’ respective businesses, as well as The Street Vendor Project, a membership-based project of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers.

    The Tour Menu: While the tour menu rotates from week to week, tastings may include falafel and lamb off the bone, chicken and rice with tamarind sauce, Korean short ribs, kati rolls, Belgian waffles with toppings, and/or Mexican chocolate brownies. Adapted menus available for a wide range of dietary restrictions. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice, including vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free diets.

    Please note: people who have a vegan diet might need to double up at some of the carts to substitute for other carts or trucks that do not have vegan options.

    To register, email the RSS Business Office ( with the name of the field trip you would like to attend.