If it seems like there’s a shortage of brunch in the city on Sunday, that’s because all of the scrambled eggs, bagels and lox, and breakfast potatoes have migrated to Bainbridge Street for Brunch Fest. The festival, put together by Friends of Bainbridge Green, South Street Headhouse District, and the Queen Village Neighbors Association, is a fundraiser for a proposed 20,000-square-foot park on Bainbridge between 4th and 5th streets. It’s on for October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Bainbridge Green site is now a wide median lined with parking spots. Friends of Bainbridge Green’s design calls for 10 percent of the car parking to become green park space, generating a 20-percent increase in foot traffic in an area packed with retail and restaurants. And many of those restaurants are showing their support for the plan by participating in Brunch Fest. The lineup includes Plenty Cafe, Southwark, Whetstone Tavern, Ela, South Street Bagels, Bridget Foy’s, Kanella, Ants Pants Cafe, and Federal Donuts (fresh off its own block party).
As a sampling: Ants Pants is selling bacon and egg sandwiches and green smoothies, Bridget Foy’s is going with crab cake sliders, and Kanella will sweeten things up with baklava. South Street Bagels is upping the ante with a French toast bagel and Plenty is doing a pork belly and Brussels sprouts hash topped with scrambled eggs.
For $35 festival-goers get five food tickets, one drink ticket, one coffee, and one kids activity ticket, good for pumpkin painting, pottery making, or a Music Together jam session. Students pay $25 for four food tickets and a coffee. Bringing the family? That’s $75 for 12 food tickets, two drink tickets, two coffees, and three activity tickets to keep the kids occupied while parents chow down. Tickets are being sold online and at the event, which is outdoors.
Here’s a sneak peek at the food: