Classrooms at Red Bank Charter School were transformed into disaster zones as students immersed themselves in a learning experience that combined performance art with history, culture, science and cuisine as part of the school’s annual International Day.
The platter of Tacos al Pastor, served on a melmac plate, at the International Mexican Food Restaurant. Below, a sampling of the sauces that accompany the tacos. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
By SUSAN ERICSON
Walk down Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank and you are almost certain to miss a terrific taqueria.
The International Mexican Food restaurant is something of a stealth business. You wouldn’t know what lurks inside at number 92 if someone didn’t tell you. There is a tiny sign above the door that reads, “International,” but that’s it.
Don’t let the bare-bones exterior stop you, though, or the fact that no one inside speaks English; even the takeout menus are in Spanish. This place is busy because the food is fairly unique to the area and seriously good.
Does Red Bank know how to eat or whut?
Mais oui! As proof, thousands of visitors jammed the White Street parking lot Sunday for the second annual Red Bank International Flavour Festival, bringing appetites not only for food, served up by two dozen of the town’s restaurants and food stores, but for dancing and general bonhomie.
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Up next: Sippin’ on the River, in June.
A weekend of belly-busters and bargains awaits visitors to Red Bank’s International Flavour Festival on Sunday, above, and the Townwide Yard Sale on Saturday, below. (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)
By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO
Friday, April 26:
LINCROFT: Score some points at the Hoops for Hope basketball tournament to support the Community YMCAs Strong Kids Campaign and Dreams for Kids at Brookdale Community College. The night consists of a series of basketball matches between the Dreams for Kids All-star team, featuring current and former NFL players, and community teams including the Red Bank Police Department, Red Bank Charter School, Red Bank Catholic Girls Varsity Basketball Team and the Monmouth University Womens Basketball Team. Other activities include a VIP reception with the NFL athletes, NFL store, student performers, gift and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and community organization booths. Tickets prices vary and family packs are available; purchase them online or at the door. Hoops for Hope runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Robert Collins Arena. Newman Springs Road.
RED BANK: The Electric Baby continues its run at Two River Theater. The drama follows three pairs a middle-aged couple, a hopelessly devoted lover and the apple of her eye, and a Romanian mother and Nigerian father caring for their child who discover the ways in which their lives are connected. The play, by Stefanie Zadravec, runs through May 5. Tickets are $24-$42 and the show begins at 8 p.m. 21 Bridge Avenue.
RED BANK: Sing your heart out at Rock N Roll Karaoke, a weekly happening hosted by the band from NYC’s Arlene’s Grocery. Attempt to master the vocals and music of classic rock favorites at The Downtown. The event begins at 10 p.m. 10 West Front Street.
It’s one of the inarguable upsides of immigration: the tickling of America’s taste buds. And visitors to Red Bank are among the beneficiaries this Sunday as the White Street parking lot morphs into a smorgasbord of border-crossing cuisines for the second annual International Flavour Festival. Sponsored by Red Bank RiverCenter, the event highlights the output of grilles, ovens and stoves of two dozen Red Bank restaurants and food retailers, with live entertainment and thousands of friendly faces from noon to 7 p.m. Rain date: May 5. (Click to enlarge)
The logo for next summer’s Sippin’ on the River two-day food-and-drink fest, to be held in Marine Park. The event joins a seasonal roster that also includes the International Flavour Fest, held in the White Street municipal lot, as seen below. (Click to enlarge)
By WIL FULTON
Sponsored by the culinary alliance Red Bank Flavour, the two-day ‘Sippin on the River’ chowdown won clearance from the borough council Wednesday night to set up its tents in Marine Park on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, in Marine Park.
In addition to the charity aspect, which all our festivals have, said Flavour founder and restaurateur George Lyristis, this festival is designed to give people a great reason to come down to Red Bank to try out some of the best local food around, and have some wine or beer.”
We’ve got the fifth Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, this one making a migration from fall to spring.
We’ve got one of the inaugural events of this year’s weeklong Paint the Town Pink festivities to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.
And capping it all off, rain or shine, is the first-ever Red Bank International Flavour Fest, an outdoor celebration of the wide variety of cuisines available year-round at Red Bank restaurants.
And Mother Nature appears to be in a mood to cooperate.
Details, as they used to say when that was still a two-syllable word, are just below.
Despite a one-week rain delay, the 2011 edition of the Oysterfest was packed most of the day. Proceeds help pay for downtown holiday lights, seen below being installed on Broad Street Thursday. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Red Bank RiverCenter, having pulled off two annual Guinness Oyster Festivals that each drew tens of thousands of visitors downtown, plans to add an International Food Festival to the same location the White Street municipal parking lot next spring.
The tentative date for the one-day event is Saturday, May 6, and as with Oysterfest, the event will serve as a showcase for Red Bank restaurants, says RiverCenter executive director Nancy Adams.
On Thursday, the K-through-8 school will host its annual International Day, when students transform classrooms into showcases for the cultures, religious practices, and languages of countries around the globe.
Visits may be arranged by calling the school at 732-936-1923.