We hope you’re really hungry, because the food festival Queens Taste 2016 has a long lineup of the best our borough’s food scene has to offer.
To be held on May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the New York Hall of Science at 47-01 111th St. in Corona, Queens Taste will brings together at least 60 restaurants, local breweries, wine stores, spirits purveyors and desert artisans.
The current food vendor lineup includes eateries from Astoria, Bayside, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Flushing, Jamaica, Long Island City, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, Rosedale, Woodhaven and Woodside, according to Rob MacKay, director of the Queens Tourism Council. (Disclosure: MacKay is also a freelance contributor to QNS.)
As far as cuisine goes, Queens Taste will truly satisfy every good foodie. The festival will present Chinese, Cuban, Georgian, Greek, Guyanese/Trinidadian, Italian, Jamaican, Mexican, Kosher, Korean, Peruvian, Thai, vegan and Venezuelan. Additionally, festivalgoers can look forward to fantastic seafood, hamburgers and pork specialties. Shake Shack, which recently opened a location at Queens Center, is participating for the first time as well.
“Queens Taste is a lot of stress for me, but it’s also my favorite day of the year at work,” MacKay told QNS. “We really celebrate the borough, especially its restaurants and other food/beverage purveyors, in a fun, almost giddy atmosphere. Plus, it’s some great networking. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tickets to attend Queens Taste 2016 are $125 and include all the food and beverages you can possibly consume.
The proceeds from the festival go to benefit the organizing entities, which are both non-for-profit organizations. Queens Economic Development Corporation attracts, creates and maintains jobs in the borough through business services, neighborhood development, the Entrepreneur Space, which is their food-and-business incubator. Queens Tourism Council markets the borough’s tourism attractions through its brands, It’s in Queens and Discover Queens.
Taste of Queens 2016, May 3, 6 to 9 p.m., New York Hall of Science , 47-01 111th St. at Flushing Meadows Park. Tickets are $125.