As usual every year several blocks of Allerton Avenue between Boston Road and White Plains Road are closed for the Allerton Avenue Merchants Association to host their Annual International Food Festival. The festival has been aided by the local elected officials, but mostly by the 80th Assembly person in whose district this merchant strip lies. Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj did not disappoint this year as he has for the past several years.
There were Bouncy Houses for the little ones to have fun in, many many different types of food that this area is now known for, informational tables, the Special Mark Gjonaj Horse Wagon Ride, and even elected officials. The photos below will tell the rest of the story.
Above - Always needed at a festival is a face painter.
Below - PS 89 was trying to raise some funds to help support the school.
Above - This vendor had a large supply of items that you may find around the neighborhood, or some you can't find elsewhere.
Below - The U.S. ARMY was looking for a few good men, and are stationed in front of the National Bakery.
Above - As the Food Critic for the Bronx Voice, I got to taste a piece of delicious cheesecake from Outback Steakhouse located in the Mall at Bay Plaza.
Below - Rob Salese (in the green shirt) was taking it off the stage and into the crowd.
Above - Some of the crowd who were at the Allerton Avenue International Food Festival.
Below - The First place, Second place, Third place, and Honorable mention runner up award winners for their different but tasty International cooking.
Above - You can see the beautiful horses that the Mark Gjonaj wagon. Notice the Red Light Camera pole, which could be a reason the driver id hiding his face.
Below - You can see the wagon is full of happy people.
Above - Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj with his lovely wife Roberta, and three future voters.
Below - Assemblyman Gjonaj stands between State Senator (and IDC Chair) Jeff Klein and State Senator Jamaal Bailey.