Great Food, Great Drinks + Great Times Were Served at Queens Taste 2018


With a smorgasbord of top-notch entrées, appetizers, beverages, desserts, and specialty products — including designer dog biscuits, more than 50 vendors served samples of their products to an estimated 650 attendees in a festive, almost giddy, atmosphere during Queens Taste 2018 at the New York Hall of Science on Tuesday, May 1.

Hosted by the Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Tourism Council, the sixteenth annual extravaganza’s menu included asparagus soup with potato/parmesan foam, kosher latkes, shredded chicken arepas, bean tortilla soup, chipotle hamburgers, jerk pork, baby shrimp tacos, grilled Cypriot halumi sandwiches, ceviche, curry poppers, and candied strips of bacon.

“This was my seventh Queens Taste as an employee, and it was the best ever by far,” said QTC Director Rob MacKay. “As to be expected, the food was awesome and everybody was is a great mood, but the diversity of cuisines and the representation of so many neighborhoods made the event extra special this year. I’m already excited for Queens Taste 2019.”

Eateries included Arepalicious, Bareburger, Ben’s Kosher Deli, Casa del Chef, Chef Sherri Cooks, Elements Lounge at LaGuardia Plaza Hotel, F. Ottomanelli’s Burgers & Belgian Fries, George’s (formerly known as The Astor Room), Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, Kurry Qulture, Leticia’s Ecuadorian, Neir’s Tavern, The Nest, Pa-Nash, Queens Bully, Queens Curry Kitchen, Redwood Deli, Salt & Bone, Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Thai Rock, Uno’s Bayside, and Zenon Taverna.

The desserts and specialty products included Amuse Pooch (the all natural dog biscuits), Biggie’s Crack Toffee, Bliss Street Creamery, Coco de Via, Eat MUD, forward ROOTS, Javamelts, Little Pleasures Catering, Mahalo New York Bakery, Mama Lam’s, Milene Jardine Chocolates, MumsKitchens, Schmidt’s Candy, Sydney’s Sweets, and Two Hearts One Cupcake.

Beverage options came from Brooklyn Brewery, Catskill Distillery, Chang Beer, Drink More Good, Five Points Trading, Kaiso, KeVita Master Brew Kombucha, Leaf Bar & Lounge, Mikkeller, Pilsner Urquell, SquareWine & Spirits, The Wine Room of Forest Hills, and Tsingtao Premium Beer.

*Photo credit to Dominick Totino

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