Everyone in the borough knows that North Brooklyn is a hub for good eats and endless booze. Innovative cocktails and delicious food flood the neighborhood with festivals like Smorgasburg, boasting only the latest in culinary trends and taste stylings in the region. However, it’s not often that you get to exercise your stamina for food gluttony while feeling like you are giving back to the community.
The seventh annual Taste of Williamsburg Greenpoint strives to do just that. Showcasing 40 of the neighborhoods’ best restaurants on the gorgeous frontier of East River Park on Sept. 18, Taste of W/G flaunts foods and cocktails to hungry patrons, while all proceeds from the festival go to the Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center. So essentially you are satisfying your cravings while helping a local effort to promote community engagement (aka two birds, one biscuit). Nestled in Williamsburg, The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center is located in the former Engine 212 Firehouse at 134 Wythe Avenue and describes itself as “a neighborhood hub for civic and cultural engagement, community gatherings and original arts programming, and provides space for local social justice organizations.“
These neighborhood havens are obviously vital in instilling a stronger sense of community and fostering progressive social action. While funding may be hard to source for the upkeep of these centers, Firehouse North Brooklyn has turned to the area’s hip network of restaurants and bars to exhibit their delicious staples, while having ticket sales funnel back into the center’s development. The Firehouse is home to the Arts Happening Series that include exhibits from local artists from various disciplines, among other programs. And we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway! Find out how to enter below.
“There is a real sense of community in this neighborhood from community members who have lived here for two years to members of the community who have called this place home for 20 to 30 years,” said Dana Krieger, the festival’s event director. “This project along with the Firehouse will bridge the old community with the new community.”
Taste of W/G has a real festival feeling, from the ample selections of food and drink while the Firehouse Tent will feature local community groups including Blue Oyster Project and Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce.
New restaurants like MID|NIGHTS and Fresh Kills will be serving some delicious eats and frozen cocktails, while neighborhood veterans like Pies n Thighs will offer up their established edibles like that fried chicken you’ve been meaning to try, and Harvey serving up a delectable veggie creation. It is a tasting, so portions will be small, around 4-6oz. But ticket options range from $35- $85 allowing up to 12 tastes/six beverages, allowing you to curate your own brunch style. Suck on that, Bordain.
TO WIN TICKETS:
1 — Make sure you’re signed up for our email list if you haven’t already (it’s fun and not spammy, we promise: we send you events listings, headlines and cool free ticket offers, like this!). You have to be on our email list to qualify; we’ll verify you are before picking winners.
2 —Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Taste WG X Brokelyn” by Sept. 14 midnight. We’ll randomly select a winner and let you know on on Sept. 15. Tickets come with four tastes and two drinks.
Taste of Williamsburg will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1pm -5pm at East River Park, so mark your calendars grab your tickets here.
Brokelyn is a media sponsor of TasteWG.