Greenpoint Gazette

Hundreds to Attend Sweet Treat Extravaganza at City Reliquary

BY Tanay Warerkar

More than four hundred people are expected to flock to the City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization on Metropolitan Avenue on Saturday for an annual feast of some of the City’s best selection of baked goods.

For a fifth consecutive year, the Reliquary is putting together the Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival, a celebration of professional bakers, those experimenting at home, and people who just have a sweet tooth and a hankering for a diversity of treats.

“It started out as a street side festival and it has really blossomed over the last five years,” said Jeff Tancil, the Secretary of the Reliquary. “But most importantly this is a fundraiser as well. The museum is one of the last few arts and culture places still alive in Williamsburg, and it has become so much harder to keep our doors open these days.”

Proceeds from bake sale are used entirely for the operational costs of the Reliquary.

Over 20 bakeries from across the city are donating their baked goods for the sale this year.

In addition, a competition will anoint the best home baker in the city – judged by professional bakers, food critics, and sweets experts who will be present at the event.

Some of the categories bakers will participate in include Best Fall Flavored, Best Booze Infused, and Best Recipe You Made Up.

Some of the new additions to the bake sale this year include an Apron Fashion Show to celebrate and judge the borough’s best cooking fashions.

The daylong festivities will also be filled with musical performances, and face painting, crafts and readings for kids.

The fundraiser also allows the folks at the Reliquary to introduce neighbors to the newest exhibits at the museum, including recently added paintings of some of the most famous Jewish gangsters of the city.

The Reliquary is a non-profit organization, that opened in 2002, and has since become the resting spot for items like Statue of Liberty postcards, terracotta fragments of landmark buildings, geological core samples, subway tokens, and many other quirky reminders of the city’s rich history.

Over the years its program has grown to include student artwork culled from local schools, block parties, backyard concerts and film events.

5th Annual Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free Admission, sweets from $1 upward, for more information visit,

Detailed Schedule Information:

12pm – Best Fall Flavored Competition

12:30pm – Best Oh My God! Chocolate – Best Fall Flavored Competition

1pm – Best Recipe You Made Up

1:30pm – Best Brooklyn-y (anything goes…but keep it local-ish!)

2pm – Best Booze Infused

2:30 – Apron Fashion Show

3pm – Lloyd Miller Performs Sweet Songs


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