You won't find moister sekerpare (sheh-Care-pah-Ray, three for $2) — these syrup-soaked Turkish semolina cookies were being fished out as I arrived.
Many readers of Eating In Translation ask where I find out about food fairs and festivals like this, which rarely are announced by the general-interest press. The answer, a trite one, is that there's no substitute for on-the-ground reporting. In neighborhoods where English is a second language, flyers posted in the doorways of restaurants and markets are fruitful sources of intel. Even when much of the text is inscrutable, often a date, an address, and a mouthwatering photo or two suffice to point the way.
Notice of the event at hand came to light earlier this month, when a dining buddy and I paralleled the route of the Paterson-Clifton Turkish American Day Parade, eating all along the way, then explored the accompanying festival. We couldn't do justice to the variety of food, but inevitably we found room for sweets; we found flyers for Shenlik: The Cultural Feast tucked in beside the asure, or maybe they were under the sutluc. The specifics are less important than the general principle: Look for notices in well-trafficked areas like doorways, and dessert tables.
Shenlik: The Cultural Feast
Clifton Blue Mosque, 492 Clifton Ave., Clifton, New Jersey
(The 2015 celebration took place on May 22-25)