Cortelyou Wine and Beer Garden at Flatbush Frolic

Cortelyou Wine and Beer Garden

With this random bout of 95-degree weather and severe storms behind us, we can finally get excited for the 70’s-and-sunny weekend ahead. This Sunday, The Flatbush Development Corporation brings us the 38th Annual Flatbush Frolic street fair. From 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., there will be local food, children’s rides, merchandise, and arts and crafts vendors set up on Cortelyou Road between Ocean and Coney Island Avenues in Flatbush.

We admit that we’ll be sneaking in a children’s ride or three, but we’ll be spending most of our Sunday afternoon in Flatbush Frolic’s Cortelyou Wine and Beer Garden. Three Flatbush favorites including The Castello Plan, Sycamore Bar & Flower Shop (flower shop by day, bar by night), and 773 Lounge will set up shop between Stratford and Westminster to serve food and drinks alongside live music all afternoon. Justin Israelson, co-owner of Sycamore, will help convert the tent into a literal beer “garden,” lined with unique flower arrangements throughout the shop. Paul LaPlaca & Mark Cedar will be playing “unusual acoustic covers of classics from the ’50s to now,” all afternoon.

Each vendor in the wine and beer garden will offer a variety of food and drinks. 773 Lounge’s Billy Cain will be serving American beers and “St. Paddy’s Day comes early Corned Beef Sandwiches,” and Sycamore will be serving German lagers in addition to bratwurst and burgers hand crafted by Johnny Lupiani. The Castello Plan, best known for their wine selection, will be brining Autumn sangria and North Carolina style pulled pork sandwiches to the party.

“This is not just your normal street fair with sausages. It’s really about a sense of community,” Flatbush Development Corporation’s Laura Burgess told us. “Flatbush is considered the most diverse community in America; we have Tibetan, Pakistani, and Jewish populations, a bit of everything. The fact that these three merchants came together really shows this. They really care for each other and want to work together to create a great product.”

For more information, visit the street fair’s website.

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When Marissa was a little girl, she threw her bottle and pacifier down the stairs and begged for "real food." More than two decades later, her passion for real food has grown into a part of her everyday life. Marissa graduated in May 2014 with a Masters in Food Studies from NYU, where she focused her research on food politics and food culture. She has taught children’s nutrition, gardening and cooking classes for the past four years, and she will spend the next academic year as a FoodCorps service member in Guilford County, North Carolina.