By Mark Hallum
The World’s Fare is coming back to Citi Field next spring and figures to attract thousands of local foodies eager to try curated bites from across the globe.
Tickets are now available for the May 18-19 festival to be held at Citi Field. Inspired by the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the World’s Fare gives attendees access to food, drink, music and entertainment for allotted times and is curated by leading chefs, food journalists, bloggers and social media influencers.
“It was a massive success last year with over 10,000 people attending. The foundation of the event is around food and drink,” said Josh Schneps, one of the organizers of the event. “This year we are going to be adding new experiences and family-friendly activities for kids.”
The World’s Fare will feature up to 100 different vendors celebrating equality and diversity in the food industry plus more than 50 global craft beers and international cocktail bars as well.
“The whole intention of the event is to embrace the diversity of New York City and Queens in particular as it is most diverse of all the boroughs,” Schneps said. “Everybody has a shared love of food and drink so it’s a great way for people to come together through that.”
A taste of some of the returning vendors for this year are Empanada Papa, Arepa Lady, Dua Diva, Nacho Libre, Knot Of This World, Baba’s Pierogie, In Patella, Home Frite, D’Abruzzo, Danny Macaroons and Vaccaro’s Bakery.
Ticket prices are currently at their lowest point, but will rise as the date gets closer.
General admission tickets are on sale for $19; $49 passes will give you general admission access along with a free mug to taste 12 different kinds of beer plus one specialty cocktail.
General admission prices will jump to $29 in January, $39 in March and $45 in April. General admission including beer tastings and a specialty cocktail prices will move to $55 in January, $59 in March, and $69 in April. Children’s tickets will change from $5 to $10 in January.
VIP tickets cost $199 and offer VIP lounge access with unlimited select beer tastings, a free souvenir mug and two specialty cocktails and an additional 16 tastings from the beer garden. This price will not change, however, and tickets do not include food.
The World’s Fare will occupy the Citi Field parking lot, and is accessible by the nearby 7 train at the Mets-Willets Point station. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit worldsfare.nyc.
Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhall