Taste Queens, Drink Queens, Taste the LES, + Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Oaxacan Spirits and Food Traditions
The most diverse borough is obviously the most delicious. If you don't believe us, this is the event you must attend. More than 50 food and drink producers will be on hand at the New York Hall of Science for this giant multicultural food event. Taste everything from Polish piergois to jerk chicken to Guyanese cuisine to locally made gin. Proceeds go to the Queens Economic Development Corporation.
Grand Street Settlement moves the LES a bit uptown to Metropolitan Pavilion where this annual event brings some of the best and hippest food businesses from the historic neighborhood together under one roof. Work your way through tastings from almost 50 businesses like Prohibition Bakery (featured on our Cocktail Tour), Loreley (featured on our Tenements Tour), Maharlika Filipino, and the brand new Simply Hooked Fish & Chips. The event features DJ's, an open bar, and benefits the neighborhood's youth mentoring program.
Thanks to our close relationship with Mayahuel (a highlight of our Cocktail Tour), we have fallen head over heels in love with mezcal. The agave-based spirit is a highlight of Oaxacan culture and cuisine. And to lead up to Cinco de Mayo, the Museum of Food and Drink presents the first in their Spring Spirits series. After a lesson on mezcal production and and Oaxacan cuisine, stay for a reception with mezcal tastings and antojitos from Casa Mezcal featuring insects (another food staple in Oaxaca).
For the past four years, the borough of Queens has put a week aside to celebrate the growing local beer scene. With eight breweries currently brewing in the borough (plus one cidery and more breweries about to open), it might be the sudsiest of all the boroughs. A week's worth of events begins Saturday afternoon with unlimited beer samples from all the current breweries and live music at LIC Landing.