The LIC Flea and Food kicked off its fifth outdoor season on Saturday afternoon, and the lot on 46th Avenue over near Gantry Plaza was filled with happy kids, sunny vibes, very good dogs, and at least a half dozen new vendors adding some first-rate sweet and savory options to what has become a pleasantly chill version of the Brooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg model.

Among the notable edible rookies at this year's LIC Flea and Food:

  • Rare Bird baked goods, with serious sweets like a monster-sized, fudgy Chocolate Caramel Brownie and a delicious Dulce de Leche eclair filled with about three pints of sticky milk caramel goodness.
  • Grilled French toast sandwiches at Stuf'd, including a zippy Buffalo Chicken version with maple-infused hot sauce and chunks of blue cheese.
  • Miss Holly's Smokehouse, serving all-beef meatballs, a barbecue pork sandwich, and a nice plate of smoked chicken covered in barbecue and Carolina mustard sauce, with broccoli slaw and a hunk of corn bread.
  • Crepes and waffles made on-the-spot at Enzo le Beau (get anything with the homemade dark chocolate and/or raspberry coulits).
  • Jen Bakes Shortbread for packaged cookies-to-go, all of which are as wonderfully buttery as you would hope.

There are plenty of returning crowd favorites as well, including Hank's Juicy Beef, the meaty delights at Butcher Bar, Oconomoni's Japanese vegetable pancakes, and, my favorite, the sublimely gloppy quesadillas at What's the 'Dillaz.

On the shopping side of things, there are the expected clothing tents (the Queens Pride line at Dutch Kills Klotheing is a pick hit), as well as jewelry and home decor. One newcomer called Magnetic Images was attracting a lot of interest, selling hundreds of different fridge magnets featuring classic and brand new album covers, memes, and random silliness.

There's also beer at LIC Flea and Food in a seating area hard by Newton's Creek, where DJ Johnny Seriuss played a fun mix of family-friendly bangers.

LIC Flea and Food is located at 5-25 46th Avenue at the corner of Fifth Street, and is now open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.