New York officially wins at food festivals. There are festivals for barbecue, for oysters, for beer, for cider, benefits for non-profits… the list goes on and on. Hell, New Yorkers are so obsessed with their food that Smorgasburg takes place on Saturdays and Sundays for seven months across two boroughs and three neighborhoods and – at least the few times I’ve been – manages to always be a mob scene.
This weekend I went right to the heart of the foodie madness and experienced the sixth annual Taste of Williamsburg.
Though I had some subway and navigational challenges getting to Brooklyn, I was able to eat and drink to my heart’s content for the better part of an afternoon. I even had a glass of rose and a radish crostini awaiting me upon my arrival (thanks, Emily!).
I should have taken notes and more pictures to remember the booths better, but highlights include mac ‘n cheese (that was so popular we had to visit the tent three times before we were successful), fried artichoke with nasturtiums from Delaware & Hudson (I think), Phin & Phebes’ dark chocolate caramel ice cream, a tequila + pomegranate concoction from the tequila station, the as-yet-unnamed new muffin flavor from Tea & Jam, and the amazing spiked slushies from Donna.
The clouds that had been hovering finally let loose and we had a short-lived downpour. No problem: under the tasting tents we went! My friend and I had the excellent fortune of ducking under the tent that happened to be serving sticky toffee pudding. Yes, please.
The rain gave the event a more carefree vibe since it forced/enabled us tasters to mingle in an even cozier way with the food and drink vendors. My list of restaurants to visit has now grown exponentially.
Perfect afternoon. So glad I got to tag along!