Annual summer ‘farm-to-bar’ cocktail festival returns to Long Island City

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Photos by Travis W Keyes Photography

A festival that highlights sustainable food and drinks returned to Long Island City over the weekend.

On Aug. 12, foodies from around the city went the The Foundry to take part in the annual Secret Summer cocktail festival. Now in its fourth year, the sold-out party is the country’s only “Farm-to-Bar” cocktail festival, celebrating sustainable mixology, fresh eats, music, art, dance, fashion and more.

Produced by Tyler Hollinger of HighLife Productions, Andrew Maturana from RAPT NY and Alison DuVal from The Foundry, the festival offered a number of refreshing beverages made with quality ingredients. Guests kept cool throughout the event with cocktails, including Rose Spritzers from Hangar 1 Vodka, Spicy Mai Tais and Charred Cherry Highballs from Brugal 1888, summer beers from Blue Point Brewery and other specialty cocktails from Brockmans Gin and Tanteo Tequila.

Casey Webb, host of “Man v. Food” on the Travel Channel, was in attendance and awarded Suntory Whisky Toki the best cocktail medal for their Toki Twilight. The cocktail, which was available throughout the evening, is made with the Japanese blended whisky, sparkling sake, sustainably grown citrus, green tea and Pepquino syrup.

Guest also enjoyed food provided by Wisefish Poke, Mama’s Margarita Salsa, The Choripan, Sophie’s Cuban, Areppas, San Matteo, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream and Van Leeuwen.

To keep the guests entertained, musical acts such as Sitar & Tabla and Moon Hooch took the stage and performed. The rest of the entertainment lineup included DJ Kieren Taylor, Hungry March Band and Kaoro Wantanabe Taiko Drums. The Uprooted Flower Truck was parked at the event and sold handmade flower crowns to guests.

To keep everyone safe, Secret Summer teamed up with Lyft to provide a discount ride to and from the festival.

For more information or to stay updated for next year’s event, visit www.secretsummernyc.com

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