NYCEDC in Your Neighborhood: Bronx
Hunts Point Food Festival RFP
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking an event organizer to develop a food festival in the parking lot of the New Fulton Fish Market located in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. NYCEDC issued an RFP on July 26th for event and festival operators to join citywide efforts to support New York City’s burgeoning food industry and promote healthy eating and nutrition education. The food festival would utilize NYCEDC managed space and could open as early as fall 2012. The one-day festival would build on the vibrant history of street food vending in the Hunts Point Peninsula as well as take momentum from other food-related happenings around the city to highlight locally-based food producers, food vendors, retailers and community partners. RFP responses are due Friday, August 24th.
“Hunts Point is an ideal location for a new food festival in New York City, creating a strong and important connection between the growing number of food entrepreneurs and the City’s main food distribution hub,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. “Food festivals have already proven themselves to be extremely popular events in neighborhoods all across the City, and this site now offers an incredible opportunity to build upon that popularity with an exciting event that will greatly benefit Hunts Point and the entire Bronx.”
Congressman José E. Serrano expressed support for the opportunity to gather food retailers from the Bronx and across New York and promote Hunts Point Peninsula as a destination for food lovers. “We’re proud of the food-related businesses that call the Bronx home, and through this festival we look forward to showing off what they do to the rest of the City,” said Congressman José E. Serrano. “With the range and variety of foods and products, this is sure to be a great event that our community and indeed whole City can enjoy.”
The portion of the New Fulton Fish Market parking lot available for the event is located at 800 Food Center Drive in the Hunts Point Peninsula and is approximately 4.5 acres. The Hunts Point Peninsula houses 800 businesses and employs over 13,000 people, and is home to 12,000 residents. The Food Distribution Center spans 329 acres, occupying approximately half of the Peninsula and serving over 23 million customers in the greater metropolitan region. One of the largest distribution centers in the world, the Food Distribution Center at Hunts Point is made up of over 115 private wholesalers who generate over $3 billion in combined sales annually.
“This event will be a great way to showcase the wonderful tastes—from all over the nation and indeed the world—that our borough has to offer. I look forward to welcoming foodies from across the region to taste all the great gourmet options available from our restaurants and food producers on a daily basis, right here in the Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
The Hunts Point Peninsula is a focal point of new innovations in the City’s food industry. NYCEDC recently released an RFP seeking a partner to develop a 200,000 square foot rooftop farm, adjacent to the New Fulton Fish Market. This site has the potential to house one of the largest rooftop farms in the world.
"In New York City, food festivals and markets kick-start economic activity, showcase local neighborhoods, and attract new consumers to the host neighborhoods," said New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. "This proposed event has the potential to further connect Hunts Point commercial activities to the surrounding neighborhood and we're excited to see that EDC is continuing its commitment to creative uses for city-owned properties."