Allerton Ave. International Food Festival Offers Summer Fun

(l-r) Gene DeFrancis, AIM founder; winner Rebecca Huertas, Rebecca’s Sweets & Spices owner; chef John Denizard and Assemblywoman Fernandez.
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Allerton residents satisfied their craving for summer fun and delicious ethnic food at a time honored neighborhood celebration. The Allerton Avenue International Merchants Association, Allerton Avenue Homeowners and Tenants Association, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, council members Ritchie Torres and Mark Gjonaj, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez and senators Alessandra Biaggi and Jamaal Bailey in conjunction with MAS Productions hosted the 12th annual Allerton Avenue International Food Festival on Saturday, August 24 at Allerton Avenue between Barnes and Wallace avenues.

Chef John Denizard enjoyed a slice of gourmet pizza.
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Elected officials; AIM and MAS members congratulated winners Rebecca’s Sweets & Spices (front, 4th from l), LaFrugal Alkalina Organic Pizza (front, 2nd from r) and Chef E Veggie Frito (front, r).
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Duran Dance Academy students were eager to perform at the festival.
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Falun Dafa Dance Group gave a crowd pleasing performance.
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Batalá New York, an all-female percussion ensemble, performed Afro-Brazilian music during the festival.
Photo by Miriam Quin

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