Good Eats: Food fest will showcase the borough’s best

Nice ice: Brooklyn ice pop company Brewla Bars will offer samples of its cold-brewed coffee pop at the Brooklyn Eats festival on June 23.
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At the Brooklyn Eats food and beverage trade show on June 23, Brooklynites can sample an entire world of food in one afternoon. Many Brooklyn-made food products are distributed so widely that some people might not even realized that they originate right here in the borough, said the president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual food extravaganza.

“Many of these products that are Brooklyn-made distribute across the country and globally so this is exposure for them,” said Andrew Hoan. “It helps people in Brooklyn know who is actually making products here and the great products that can be found here.”

The event will also be the perfect spot to beat the heat — among the Brooklyn distillers, bakeries, and sausage companies offering samples on June 23 will be a handful handing out frozen sweet treats. Participating vendors include Red Hook gelato producers Dolce Brooklyn, two Carribbean-inspired ice cream makers — Island Pops and the Creme and Cocoa Cremery — and Korean-inspired dairy producers Noona’s Ice Cream, along with healthy ice pop purveyors Brewla Bars, which is returning to the food festival for the fourth time.

The co-owner of the popsicle company said that his product fills an otherwise unmet hunger.

“The whole reason we founded Brewla is because we noticed the huge gap in the frozen market,” said Daniel Dengrove. “The old products were full of artificial ingredients and were pretty simple flavors, so we wanted to create exciting flavors with real health benefits.”

Brewla Bars started here in Kings County, but is now sold at more than 80 locations across the East Coast. Dengrove, who started Brewla Bars with his sister Rebecca, is excited to man the popsicle stand and introduce more local people to the tea, coffee, and fruit-infused flavors.

“We are hoping to introduce our product to any consumers that are looking for healthier all-natural treats,” said Dengrove.

Brooklyn Eats at the New York Marriott (333 Adams St. between Willoughby and Johnson streets Downtown, June 23, 10 am–4 pm. $10.

Updated 12:27 pm, June 21, 2017
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