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Antic roadshow! Huge crowds celebrate Atlantic Avenue fest

Street eats: Queens resident Laura Kellner and her boyfriend David Kremenitzer enjoy a rosemary empanda at the Atlantic Antic.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

It takes the funnel cake!

Hundreds of thousands of fun-lovers from Brooklyn and beyond hit Atlantic Avenue on Sunday for the annual Atlantic Antic street fair, which attendees say is still the biggest and the best al fresco festival in the city.

“It was definitely the best street fair I’ve been to,” said Queens resident Laura Kellner, who attended the Antic for the first time with some visiting Bostonian family-members in tow.

Fair-goers ambled down the mile-long stretch between Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights and Flatbush Avenue in Boerum Hill flanked by vendors and live performers.

The fete, now in its 41st year, served up a taste of everything the area has to offer, with British punk tunes, hip-hop, and traditional Middle Eastern music ringing out from various stages along the avenue as local eateries dished out slices, pitas, and jerk chicken to the hungry hoards.

Kellner said her relatives had a blast and the group sampled a little bit of everything — doing some early Christmas shopping while dining on cookies, cupcakes, cronuts, pizza, empanadas, and beer.

“We were impressed by the size and the variety of food and different things that were for sale,” she said. “It is great that it is long as there was so much to see.”

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