Slideshow: The Hester Street Fair: 2011 Season Opening Day

Melt Bakery
Melt Bakery
The team from Melt Bakery was back with some exciting ice cream and cookie pairings. From left to right: Belle — peach ice cream with brown butter shortbread cookies; Lovelett — red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese ice cream; and the Classic — vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip walnut cookies.
The Hester Street Fair
The Hester Street Fair
The fair is back in all of its delicious glory!  Every Saturday from 10-6, Hester Street and Essex will be teeming with local vendors, including some of your favorite New York food purveyors.
Wonder City Coffee and Donut Bar
Wonder City Coffee and Donut Bar
Fresh coffee to go with their excellent doughnuts.
First Prize Pies
First Prize Pies
Allison Kave of First Prize Pies was selling both large and mini versions of her famous pies. Her S’mores Pie is looking pretty darn scrumptious.
Macaron Parlour
Macaron Parlour
Simon Tung of Macaron Parlour shows off a tray of his bubble gum-flavored French macarons. He had a whopping 16 flavors available in a glorious rainbow.
Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale and Bao by Bruce Cost
Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale and Bao by Bruce Cost
Bruce himself was there with his fresh ginger ginger ale and BBQ Berkshire pork buns, as well as whole wheat edamame steamed buns.
Girl Next Door Baked Goods
Girl Next Door Baked Goods
Baconphiles will surely be pleased with this recent experiment form Lisa Hill-Ries, also known as the Girl Next Door. Other notable edibles were her bourbon-soaked-cherry brownies, as well as a shortbread raspberry bar cookie dubbed “Husband Bait”.
Mighty Balls
Mighty Balls
Veggie balls never looked so mighty. Beef and pork balls abounded as well, but we were impressed by the looks of this veggie ball with cranberry-horseradish sauce and feta cheese.
Arancini Bros.
Arancini Bros.
All sold out when we got to them, but props for the sign! Their risotto balls were clearly a hot ticket.
Signature Blends
Signature Blends
Selling their tea blends steeped and ready for sipping or in bags to take home, Signature Blends boasts custom blends such as this Rooibos Chai (left) and Hibiscus Berry (right).
La Crêpe C'est Si Bon
La Crêpe C'est Si Bon
A butter sugar lemon crepe was one of the several traditional crepe offerings from La Crêpe C'est Si Bon.
Cheeky Sandwiches
Cheeky Sandwiches
Cheeky is here serving their New Orleans-style sandwiches, even offering a breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese, and buttermilk biscuits for any Brooklynites passing through on their morning commute.
Herbin’ Spoonful
Herbin’ Spoonful
That right there is none other than habanero caramel topping, which Herbin’ Spoonful founder Mackenzie Smith swears is great on fried chicken. She was also sampling lavender and chai flavors of caramel topping, which were equally fun although without the spicy kick.
La Sonrisa
La Sonrisa
Pulled pork sliders with chipotle mayonnaise were on the menu along with a variety of their signature empanadas.
Bocce’s Bakery
Bocce’s Bakery
Pupcakes! They also had an assortment of regular doggie biscuits, but these pup-friendly cupcakes definitely won out on the cuteness factor.
Spatzi
Spatzi
Serving up homemade granolas, this tasty looking sample is of the chocolate-pecan variety.
La Newyorkina
La Newyorkina
Hester Street Fair veteran La Newyorkina was serving up their signature paletas, or Mexican ice pops. They encourage sprinkling their fresh coconut paleta with chili salt for a totally new kind of sweet-salty combination.
La Newyorkina
La Newyorkina
Yum!