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Plan would make Hunts Point foodie heaven

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The Economic Development Corporation included this photo of a food festival in Boston with its request for an operator to organize a food festival in Hunts Point's Fulton Fish Market.

Fulton Fish Market would be site of annual food festival

The parking lot of the Fulton Fish Market would become a magnet for foodies under a new plan by the city’s Economic Development Corporation.

The agency sees Hunts Point as “an ideal location for a new food festival in New York City, creating a strong and important connection between the growing number of food entrepreneurs and the city’s main food distribution hub,” said the agency’s president Seth W. Pinsky.

The development corporation issued a request for proposals to organize and operate a festival on July 26.

The goal, said Pinsky, is to capitalize on the momentum from other food-related events around the city, including festivals, food truck events, weekly farmers market, and prepared foods pop-up stands.

The development corporation is seeking proposals for a one-day event and hopes the first festival could happen as early as this fall. Applications are due by Aug. 24.

“Food festivals have already proven themselves to be extremely popular events in neighborhoods all across the city, and this site now offers an incredible opportunity to build upon that popularity with an exciting event that will greatly benefit Hunts Point and the entire Bronx,” Pinksy said.

The idea gathered praise from elected officials.

“With the range and variety of foods and products, this is sure to be a great event that our community and indeed whole city can enjoy,” Congressman José E. Serrano.

“In New York City, food festivals and markets kick-start economic activity, showcase local neighborhoods, and attract new consumers to the host neighborhoods,” said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, who added that a festival “has the potential to further connect Hunts Point commercial activities to the surrounding neighborhood.”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. predicted, “This event will be a great way to showcase the wonderful tastes—from all over the nation and indeed the world—that our borough has to offer.”

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