Harlem Food Festival to Launch Next May

A food festival planned for next year will showcase the culinary and cultural delights of one of the city's most storied neighborhoods — Harlem.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and former President Bill Clinton announced the event on Tuesday.

The three-day festival set to debut next May will showcase food from local restaurants like Sylvia's and Red Rooster. Organizers say it will also be a celebration of Harlem's music, history and culture.

De Blasio cheered the festival as a further sign of the traditionally African-American neighborhood's resurgence.

Clinton, whose foundation has its office in Harlem, is the festival's honorary chair.

The former President applauded de Blasio, a former Democrat, for "an emerging brilliant first year of your leadership."

The Clintons attended the mayor's inauguration at City Hall in January.

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