RED BANK: INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR RETURNS

RBIFF 042714 27Last year’s International Flavor Festival in Red Bank’s White Street parking lot served a variety of choice tidbits. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

RBIFF 042714 22With sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s in the forecast, the Red Bank International Flavour Festival should pack the White Street parking lot once again this Sunday.

The first food festival of the year in a restaurant-crazy town is like opening day for revelers and foodies alike. Seventeen or so of the borough’s finest eateries will be on hand to dispense culinary treats – savory, sweet, and exotic, including:

rbiff 6 050612Chicken skewers were one of many exotic food items up for grabs at last years festival (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

• Newcomers Oriental Empire and Runa will serve their Asian and Peruvian specialties, respectively.

• The anticipated but not yet ready to open Greek Eats will be offering a sneak peek of a new chicken gyro recipe, as well as empanadas,  sriracha fried calamari and crab cake sandwiches from The Bistro and Teak., according to George Lyristis, who co-owns all three eateries.

• Lobster rolls are on the menu from the soon-to-open-for-the-season Boondocks.

Dish plans to provide the carnivorous with London broil sandwiches, its popular curly fries and lobster rolls, too.

Beer, wine and other beverages will be available.

Nine different music groups are slated to keep toes tapping, including, the B-Street Band, Brian Kirk and the Jirks, and some Hibernian sounds coming from the Atlantic Watch Pipes and Drums and Patricia Murphy Irish Dancers.

Entry at the gate is $5; children under 10 get in for free. Proceeds benefit Monmouth Day Care Center, the Parker Family Health Center and Red Bank RiverCenter. No pets are allowed. Hours are noon to 7 p.m., and in the off chance the weatherbot is terribly wrong, the rain date is May 3.