A young green coconut ($5), opened on the spot with a machete, may hold a lot of liquid. If you're really thirsty, a skinny plastic drinking straw just won't do; tip your head back and chug. At many stalls — including this one, a Caribbean operation called Island Paradise — the proprietor will then hack into the husk, not quite splitting it into thirds (shown above). He'll also fashion a utensil by slicing off a piece with a thin edge; use it to scrape the flesh from the inside of the coconut.
Also shown, from an Antiguan stall that served a mash-up of Southern and Caribbean comfort food: a platter of fried whiting, spicy shrimp, collard greens, and potato salad ($10); a better look at that stall's potatoes; and its peach cobbler.
Dance Africa Bazaar
Vicinity of BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn
May (the 2012 festival was held May 26 to 28)