Spaghetti Dinner Block Party Thursday, August 28, 5:00-8:00 On the walkway along Sinatra Dr. between 1st and 2nd Sts., Hoboken, New Jersey www.HobokenNJ.org/spaghetti-dinner-block-party Tickets: adults, $20; seniors, $12; children ages 12 and under, $10; advance purchase recommended
Feast of Mother Cabrini Friday through Sunday, August 22-24, and Wednesday through Monday, August 27-September 1, various late afternoon and evening hours Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood, New York www.MotherCabriniFestival.org Free admission
La Festa Italiana, Garfield Thursday, and Friday, August 14-15, 6:00-11:00; Saturday, 4:00-11:00; Sunday, 2:00-10:00 Vicinity of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Catholic Church, MacArthur Ave. at Frederick St., Garfield, New Jersey www.Facebook.com/olmv2011 Free admission
La Festa Italiana, Jersey City Continues Thursday through Sunday, August 14-17, 5:00-11:00 Vicinity of Holy Rosary Church, 344 Sixth St. (Brunswick-Monmouth Sts.), Jersey City www.LaFestaItalianaJC.com Free admission
St. Rocco's Italian Feast Continues Thursday and Friday, August 7-8, 6:00-11:00; Saturday, 4:00-11:00; Sunday, 2:00-11:00 Main St., Fort Lee, New Jersey www.StRoccoFortLee.com Free admission
New Jersey State Fair / Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Continues Thursday through Sunday, August 7-10, 10:00-10:00 most days Sussex County Fair Grounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, New Jersey www.NJStateFair.org/fair Admission: adults, $13; seniors ages 60 and over, $9; children ages 6 to 12, $6; kids under age 6, free
The Great East End Food Truck Derby Friday, August 8, 4:00-7:00, rain or shine Hayground School, 151 Mitchells Ln., Bridgehampton, New York www.EdibleManhattan.com/event/great-food-truck-derby Tickets: adults, $60, or $100 for early VIP admission; kids ages 12 and under, $20; proceeds benefit the culinary arts programs of the Hayground School
First in a contemplated monthly series, this event was organized by the ladies' guild of the Staten Island Buddhist Vihara, or monastery, to raise funds for larger premises. Hoppers were cooked on the spot in their distinctive bowl-shaped pans, which help the hoppers retain a pancake-like texture in the center even as the edges turn crisp. A standard order consisted of four plain hoppers, one more with an egg, the chili pepper and onion condiment called lunu miris, and in my case tuna.
The bill of fare ($8 per plate) also included string hoppers, such as the serving with chicken shown here, and various takes on kotthu, including goat and vegetarian versions. Dessert was confined to an ice cream truck, parked at the end of the block — the usual soft-serve, though in these parts doled out by a Sri Lankan proprietor.