Wednesday, August 12, 2009
If it's the second week in August then it must be time for the 14th Annual Fun Fair at the Myanmar Baptist Church in Queens. Last year was my first time attending and honestly I've been looking forward to this event all year...
What's the big deal? Well, for starters let's consider Myanmar's geographic location, shall we? Myanmar is bordered by China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest. As you can imagine there are all sorts of interesting influences in Burmese cuisine.
Bring cash and your appetite. Food tickets are $1 each and different dishes have different ticket prices. They are also will be selling $3 Raffle Tickets to benefit Myanmar Cyclone Relief.
Here are some of my favorites from last year:
The spring rolls were light and refreshing...
The Fun Fair last year also marked my introduction to picked mustard greens. So freaking good...
One of the most popular dishes at the fair by far is the fresh fried paratha bread. If you want to give it a try you'd best put your name on the list when you first arrive. You have to pay in advance and get a ticket to reserve your spot. Each bread is made to order so the wait is LONG. Last year we put in our order and ended up giving away our ticket because we had to go before our bread was ready. As (bad) luck would have it our number was called just as we were leaving. Tasting the bread is a MUST for me this year.
While most of the fair's attendees are Burmese, the church members were an enormously welcoming group of people. Last year the Pastor of the church came over to welcome us and sat with us for a bit talking about the food and the event itself. The food was delicious, the people were friendly and I'm counting down to getting my fix this weekend.
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 143-55 (Former Location)
Street: 84th Drive
City/Town: Briarwood, NY
~Direction by Subway
~Take F train, get off at VanWyck Blvd station.
Use North exit stairways on side of Police
Station. Look for 84th Drive on Queens Blvd.
(There is Dunkin Donuts at the corner of 84th
Drive and Queens Blvd.). Walk about 10
minutes along 84th Drive. You will see the
Church on your left.
~ By Car - Take Grand Central Parkway(East), get
off at Exit-16 (Parsons Blvd), make immediate
right tum at 150th St. Go about 3 short blocks
and turn right to 84th Drive. Go straight for 2
short blocks and you will see the Church at the
corner of 84tn Drive and Smedley St.
For more pictures from last year's fair check out this slideshow: