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How to Smorgasburg Like a Pro

Drawing crowds of 20,000-30,000 each weekend, Smorgasburg is America’s “largest weekly open-air food market.” From food to art and clothing, you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for.

Whether your weekend isn’t complete without a trip to Smorgasburg or you’re hearing about it for the first time, we’ve got the info you need to do it like a pro:


Follow @smorgasburg for the latest updates, food photos, and have-to-have items. Create your must-try lists, and check out individual vendor Instagram accounts beforehand.


Want to try everything but don’t have four stomachs or all day to graze? Bring friends and family (especially non-vegans) so you can try #alltheveganthings and save some time by splitting lines! Don’t worry if you don’t make it through the whole line-up—there’s always next week.


Vegan for the planet? Don’t forget to bring that reusable water bottle. Staying hydrated doesn’t have to compromise your eco-friendly vibe. Look for the free water refill stations located throughout the market.


It’s a party in your backpack! Want to try all the vegan vendors but don’t have room enough room in your stomach? Why limit those goodies to just one day? Take home plenty of leftovers to host a vegan night with friends. Or, save the food prep time and impress your coworkers the next day with amazing creations from your favorite vegan vendors.


Be prepared for any weather, because Smorgasburg happens rain or shine. Pouring rain or sweltering heat, nothing stops us from getting our vegan grub on!


Smorgasburg is an inclusive, family-friendly community event that will have you coming back for more!


You’re going to want to leave the pup chilling on the sofa if you head to Saturday’s event in East River State Park. New York State Park rules prohibit pets at that event. Service animals, however, are always welcome. Sunday’s market at Prospect Park is pet-friendly.


Noshing on all those vegan burgers, ribs, and dumplings and downing all those beers, you’re sure to capture some #droolworthy Instagram shots. Let us help you with the hashtags (tag us for a chance to get reposted on our page and in the next print issue): #vegoutmedia #vegout #vegoutnewyork #vegoutnyc #smorgasburgnyc #vegoutatsmorgasburgnyc #vegan #veganaf #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganfood #veganfestivals #dairyfree #vegansofnyc #nycvegan #nycfoodie #veganfortheplanet #veganfortheanimals #veganforeverything #govegan F


Remember that it’s your market. Do it the way you feel called to do it. Find your vibe—eat when you feel like it, keep yourself hydrated, take breaks for a little people watching, and tag us in all your Instagram stories. Can’t wait to see you there!

When: Tues/Wed, 11am-7pm

Where: Hudson Yards

When: Friday, 11am-7pm

Where: World Trade Center

When: Saturday, 11am-6pm

Where: Williamsburg, East River State Park

When: Sunday, 11am-6pm

Where: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill

Lauren Bendik


Lauren, a Los Angeles native, went vegan for the animals three years ago. Ever since, she has enjoyed immersing herself in the local vegan scene and sharing her food adventures on Instagram. Lauren has a master’s degree in social work and loves helping others through volunteering, writing, and public speaking. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting, cross-stitching, and being in nature.

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