IMAGINE walking to work; you’ve picked up your corner store coffee and bacon-egg-and-cheese…you’ve hopped off the J train and you’re almost to your destination, bopping back and forth and plugged into your headphones, when all of a sudden you realize the cross-section that is usually so familiar is now packed with hundreds of vendors clad in emerald green and carrying -wait- what is that? Pickle lollipops???
Yes, that is correct- this fall, Taste Collection lost its Annual Lower East Side Pickle Day virginity, October 15th 2017 on Orchard Street between Delancey and E. Houston. Orchard was once again transformed into a pickle bazaar, filling the LES with 20+ picklers, tasty pickled and non-pickled treats, tons of local boutiques like ours and restaurants, live music, games, activities and the world’s first EVER home pickling/dancing contest. As stated officially on their website, “Pickle day is a literal slice of history.
The Lower East Side streets used to be lined with pushcarts, peddling their goods and wares throughout this immigrant-rich neighborhood. Today these stories are told through our local Tenement Museum but history comes alive at the Lower East Side Partnership’s annual Pickle Day celebration! We recreate this original pushcart market that previously positioned the Lower East Side as ‘The Bargain District’.”
Taste Collection could be spotted from a mile away in our bright PINK booth this year, metallic and shiny as ever, we offered an official Breast Cancer Awareness Raffle for a brand new beautiful hot pink Panama Jack Cruiser bike, donated by GoGoGone Bikes just around the corner. Not only were all Pickle Day store customers entered to win this treat, but Taste Collection also had the pleasure of raising money for the Turning Point Foundation for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.
But really, who knew so many things went well with pickles?! From champagne to pickled macaroons supplied by our amazing shop neighbors over at Sweet Buttons– everything was absolutely perfect! Cheers to a wonderful and warm Lower East Side afternoon and hopefully many more Pickle Days to come!