The 2015 Celebrating Red Hook festival

Ce-libation day! Red Hook festival uncorks new tradition

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Red Hookers toasted their neighborhood at the second annual Celebrating Red Hook festival at Erie Basin Park on July 25 — this time with actual booze.

Visitors to the fete sampled food from local vendors and — for the first time — local libations, which made the party even more welcoming and paired perfectly with the fireworks display, a local winery worker said.

“It was so fun to be outdoors with people in the neighborhood having a glass of wine — that’s not something you get to do all the time,” said Red Hook Winery manager Sandra Nicholas. “It became a wine-by-the-glass evening under the fireworks.”

Fellow Hook booze-slingers Six Point Brewery and Uncouth Vermouth joined Red Hook Winery in serving up good spirits to the masses. Organizers said they added the adult-beverage purveyors to the celebration not to get the crowd soused, but to show off all the great things brewing in Red hook.

“It wasn’t so much that we wanted it to be a beer fest, but there are people in the neighborhood whose crafts are spirits, and we didn’t want to say, ‘You can’t be included just because you sell alcohol,’” said organizer Kimberly Gail Price. “They’re a big part of Red Hook.”

More than 70 area businesses and artists’ groups — double last year’s figure — displayed and peddled their wares at the fest, Price said. And they weren’t just for attendees over the legal drinking age — youngsters came from near and far to enjoy crafts, face-painting, performances, and games, which proved particularly popular with one mother’s brood.

“[My kids] were really fascinated by the giant Jenga,” said Robina Taliaferrow, who came from Bedford-Stuyvesant for the festival.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

tooting their own horns from the town where I was born... says:
These new-be's aren't Red Hook. Just a bunch of imports self promoting themselves.

Hanging out with Hipsters isn't my idea of fun.

I think I'll snooze through this one.
July 28, 2015, 9:10 am
George Fiala from Red Hook says:
Actually, we were all new-be's once. What wasn't mentioned in the story was that the festival, organized by both IKEA and the Red Hook Star-Revue, included booths representing community organizations, including the Addabbo Health Center and the Red Hook Justice Center. And many of the volunteers that helped us out are members of the local VFW, on Van Brunt, who wouldn't categorize themselves as new-be's, even if they cared about that.
July 28, 2015, 11:15 am
tooting their own horns from the town where I was born... says:
Speaking of tooters, we have none other than the leader of the Red Hook Star Rev... toot, toot!!

and his toad-eater Kimberly... have another drink darling

Anything to get an ad - pathetic
July 30, 2015, 4:22 am

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