Savor Paterson Cultural Festival

Aug 16, 2016


Celebrating the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service with the Food and Stories of Paterson

Alexander Hamilton founded Paterson as the first city planned from the start to stimulate industry and innovation. He welcomed the "diversity of talents" that immigrants would bring to the workforce. Since Hamilton's time Paterson has been a city of immigrants, opening its doors to people from around the world looking for new opportunities. Each successive wave of newcomers has infused Paterson with a new culture and character, making it into the multicultural city it is today.

Food is one of the most important ways that we experience and understand different cultures. It has always been a part of Paterson's cultural landscape, from Alexander Hamilton's 1778 picnic at the Great Falls to the Latin American, European, and Middle Eastern restaurants that line the city's streets today. Savor Paterson invites visitors to explore Paterson's rich history and culture through its many cuisines.

Savor Paterson is the first of three events at the Paterson Great Falls National Park celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. The Centennial kicks off the second century of America's National Parks, reaching and building communities through recreating, conservation, and historic preservation.

"Savor the Past" family program 

How has food in Paterson changed over time? Join Park Rangers and the Great Falls Youth Corps at Overlook Park in celebrating 225 years of Paterson's cultural diversity through food and stories. View a model of Paterson's past restaurants, learn about Patersonians' favorite dishes and recipes, and add your own favorite family meals to the display. Afterwards, take a short walk to Mary Ellen Kramer Park to experience the food cultures in Paterson today!

Savor Paterson restaurant tasting 

Visit several of Paterson's finest restaurants to get a true taste of the city. Each restaurant will be selling small samples of their cuisine for $1-$3.

The Brownstone
351 W. Broadway

City Green
Mobile Market

21 Mill Street

Dulcemente Peruano
73 Market Street

356 10th Avenue

Nablus Sweets
1050 Main Street

46 Market Street

El Regional
51 Cianci Street                            

El Rompe Y Raja
57 Cianci Street

Somos Tu Peru II
94 Market Street

1090 Main Street

1083 Main Street