Nostalgic Posters Serve Up Memories of the 9th Avenue International Food Festival


W42ST first reported on the 9th Avenue International Food Festival in 2015, when the New York icon was celebrating its 42nd birthday. How the world has changed since then!

In just seven years, we have lost many of those businesses from Hell’s Kitchen. Do you remember Bar Bacon, Leon’s Bakery, Daisy May’s BBQ, Uncle Nick’s Greek Restaurant, The Delta Grill and Tagg Men’s Boutique, to name but a few?

Tagg Men’s Boutique at the 9th Avenue Internation Food Festival in 2015.

This week, we went through the archive of the Ninth Avenue Association’s posters from the events and they stirred up all sorts of memories. Which do you remember? What stories have you got about the festival to tell us? We’re going to be publishing reader stories, photos and memorabilia from previous festivals in the run-up to this year’s event on Saturday and Sunday May 14-15. Email your stories and pics to [email protected]

2016 poster for 9th Avenue International Food Festival.
2017 poster for 9th Avenue International Food Festival
Same years there were multiple posters for the 9th Avenue International Food Fesitval.
The 2019 poster for the last 9th Avenue International Food Festival.
This poster is from the 2008 9th Avenue International Food Festival. In those days the street fair went all the way down to W39th Street.

What stories have you got about the festival to tell us? We’re going to be publishing reader stories, photos and memorabilia from previous festivals in the run-up to this year’s event on Saturday and Sunday May 14-15. Email your stories and pics to [email protected]