Well, the Brazilian Independence Day Festival in Newark has come and gone. We went both days, and had a hell of our time eating through Ferry Street and braving the crowds.
9/10/2006 NEW: I’ve now updated this post with photos from both days.
Shake it! The Brazilian festival attracts a lot of women that want to get their groove on, and men that like to watch them.
Click on “Read the rest of this entry” below to see a LOT more photos.
All the Ferry Street businesses were doing quite well. This is the main display case at Deliciosa, a popular cafe/bakery.
Acapurrias, big fried croquettes stuffed with beef.
Acapurria cracked open.
This is a fartura, a kind of Portuguese fried dough (like a Churro or Zeppole) with cinnamon and sugar.
This is the churros and fartura man who parks his truck right outside Seabra’s supermarket.
Need some Brazilian T-Shirts and hats? or Bikinis?
Ferry Street in Newark’s Ironbound is the closest thing you are going to get to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras atmosphere on the East Coast. New York City also has a Brazilian festival the week before, but they don’t allow public consumption of alchohol.
pasteles, Brazilian meat empanada fritters.
A pastel cracked open.
Lechon, roast pig, cooked by Ecuadorans.
Piggy close up.
Grilled corn and Pinchos.
A plate of lechon with cracklins, corn nuts, and snout.
These are other types of empanadas.
Pork Empanada closeup.
Pork and Potato Empanada with corn crust.
Hangar Steak Plate with salad.
St. Stephen’s Church, a major Ironbound landmark, was built back in 1874.
Picanha, Brazilian Tri-Tip.
Coconut water drink.
Or if you want something with a bit more kick…
You can get Pina Coladas too.
And shish kebabs.
Mozzarella and sweet corn Arepas.
Some kind of Ecuadoran beef dish with corn nuts
And shrimps on a stick.
Shrimps on a Stick closeup
Acaraje, Brazilian Bahia black eyed pea cakes which are deep fried and split open and stuffed with seafood, tomatoes, spicy sauce and a sweet potato mash.
Bahia grandma cooking Acaraje.
Acaraje out of the fryer.
Stuffing the Acaraje with Vatapa, which is made with shrimp and fish.
The Swiss Crepe guy.
Fresh Limeade, Orangeade, Lemonade and Fruit Punch.
Served by a nice El Salvadoran lady.
One of the many street bars at the festival.
Caipirinhas made by professionals.
Bottles of Velho Barriero Cachaca, a cane sugar firewater used to make Caipirinhas.
Yay for public intoxication!
One of the three main stage areas where Samba bands play.
The crowd gettin’ down to some Samba.
Stage hands doing some sound checks.
I LOVE Brazilian food.
This huge plate of food was only six bucks.
These large sausages are a type of blood pudding.
Another type of Tamale.
Cookin up a type of stew.
The young crowd was getting there just as we were getting ready to go home!
These were at one of the Puerto Rican concessions.
Puerto Rican Pastels, a type of tamale made with banana leaves.
Time for… you got it.. MORE MEAT!
At 4PM the party is just getting started!
Best buddies. Hey, if you give me some meat, I’ll be your buddy too.
Newark’s finest keeping Law and Order. “Where can we park the horse?”
The Newark Police also brought their Mobile Command Center. I think they just brought it so the cops could go to the bathroom in peace. Hell, I would.
Grillin’ up some fish.
More kebab/pincho porn.
Anyone fancy a kebab?
Yet another type of tamale.
Some sort of fried beef dish with corn nuts. Them corn nuts were everywhere.