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#InTheLoop | Tremendous food and drinks at World’s Fare on April 28-29
An homage has never tasted this good!
The World’s Fare, whose name recalls the 1964-65 World’s Fair, will take place in the Citi Field parking lot on the weekend of April 28-29 from 11 am to 8 pm on both days.
It’s going to be awesome, but first some history.
With the slogan “Peace Through Understanding,” the 1964-65 World’s Fair (please notice the spelling) took place over two summers in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. More than 80 countries and 45 companies participated, and about half of the 646-acre park filled with more than 140 pavilions, 100 restaurants, and countless amusement park rides.
Now with the slogan “Experience Diversity Through Cuisine,” the World’s Fare (again, the spelling!) will bring at least 100 vendors offering a smorgasbord of food and drink with plenty of art and music. The two-day Fare will feature top-notch restaurants and food vendors as curated by a team of world renown chefs and culinary experts, including the Queens Tourism Council’s Official Foodie, blogger Joe DiStefano, Zagat Senior Editor Kelly Dobkin, and Danish Chef Claus Meyer.
Some standouts include The Gumbo Bros, the Cajun-Creole outfit that got a three-star review from Eater NY critic Robert Sietsema; Maria Cano (aka the Arepa Lady); iconic Jewish bakery Orwashers; and pastry chef Fany Gerson.
Ticket prices run from $19 to $199.
Then there’s an international beer garden with 80 craft products from 45 breweries. (Pay $49 for two hours of unlimited beer tastings.)
As for entertainment, ensembles representing about a dozen cultures will play music and a two-time Sumo wrestling world champion Yama, who weighs about 600 pounds, will offer demonstrations and photo opportunities. A Unisphere LEGO exhibition, an interactive mural, and four-dimensional drawings will also be in the mix.
The World’s Fare also has an altruistic side. One dollar of each ticket sold will go to the Melting Pot Foundation USA, a nonprofit founded by Chef Meyer that operates a culinary center in Brooklyn’s Brownsville.
Editor’s note: To demonstrate the diverse options, here is partial (very partial) vendor list: Butcher Bar; D’Abruzzo NYC; Delicacy Brigadeiros Craft; Destination Dumplings; diRiso Risotto Balls; Don Ceviche; DownEast Lobstah; Empanada Papa; Guantanamera Queens; Kesté Pizza & Vino; Masala Mama; Momo Dressing; Moon Dawg Sundaes; Oaxaca Taqueria; Rib In A Cup; The Malaysian Project; The Thirsty Koala; and Wafels & Dinges.
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