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8th Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Packed East River State Park

A taste of Leuca at the William Vale. Photo by Julia Moak
A taste of Leuca at the William Vale. Photo by Julia Moak

When it comes to food and drink, North Brooklyn is known for its fabulous fare. On Sunday afternoon, over 40 of the area’s restaurants, bars, distilleries and wineries came out to strut their stuff in East River State Park during the 8th Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint festival. Le Gamin (108 Franklin Street), Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 North 15th) and Amami Sushi (57 Nassau Ave) all represented our slice of North Brooklyn.

the crowd at Taste. photo by Julia Moak
photo by Julia Moak

The festival not only tastes great, it supports a great cause. TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is produced by The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center (formerly known as Northside Town Hall), an organization “working to renovate and operate the former Engine Co. 212 Firehouse for Community activity. The Firehouse will provide a permanent home to neighborhood social justice organizations for continued advocacy and direct services to Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The Firehouse fosters civic and cultural engagement with original arts programming and community gatherings.” Other community organizations, like North Brooklyn Angles, a coalition of neighbors helping neighbors fight food and housing insecurity, and Billion Oyster Project, a harbor restoration and citizen science organization, also made it to the fest.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Photo by Julia Moak
Photo by Julia Moak

As the festival got underway amid sunny skies, live music and games, booze was flowing and bites were flying off the shelf. Some restaurants even ran out of food before the festival was over. Scroll down for a look at some of the fabulous food, drink, and local purveyors in attendance!

Quinoa and Lentil Balls from Abracadabra Brooklyn. Photo by Julia Moak
Quinoa and Lentil Balls from Abracadabra Brooklyn. Photo by Julia Moak
Du's Donuts. Photo by Julia Moak
Du’s Donuts. Photo by Julia Moak
Sweet Crepes from Le Gamins. Photo by Julia Moak
Sweet Crepes from Le Gamin. Photo by Julia Moak
A local pour from Widow Jane. Photo by Julia Moak
A local pour from Widow Jane. Photo by Julia Moak
The crew from Lighthouse. Photo by Julia Moak
The crew from Lighthouse. Photo by Julia Moak

See you next year, TASTE!

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Support Art, Activism, and Community at The Williamsburg Wine Bash (Mon, 6/26)!

Local community protesting against closing Engine 212 in 1975

Sip on wine from over 60 prestigious wineries and taste food by top North Brooklyn chefs next Monday, June 26th at The Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) and help turn a closed local firehouse into a new community and cultural center!

Greenpointers get 50% off tickets ($100 value) with the promotional code “FriendsFamily100”. Buy tickets here!

The Williamsburg Wine Bash benefits The Fire House North Brooklyn Community Center, which is close to raising enough funds to create a community center that will host cultural programming, exhibitions, events and classes. It will also be home to Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and The People’s Firehouse (PFI), two organizations that serve the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community with grassroots organizing, advocacy, outreach/education on environmental justice, affordable housing development, tenant services, and more.

In addition to wine, there will be food from renowned North brooklyn restaurants like Le Gamin Cafe, Barano, Williamsburg Hotel, and Wylie Dufresne’s Du’s Donuts. You also get a swag bag with a Sherry-Lehmann wines gift card and a bottle selected by legendary wine educator Kevin Zraly. Live music and a DJ set from Caroline Polachek of Chairlift! Continue reading

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TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Returns This Sunday (Sept 18)!

Use discount code "GPERS16" for 30% off tickets (image via The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center)
Use discount code “GPERS16” for 30% off tickets (image via The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center)
Lilia (by Farrah Chamseddine)
Lilia (by Farrah Chamseddine)

For the 7th year, TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint returns this Sunday, September 18th to showcase mouthwatering dishes and drinks from the best of North Brooklyn’s local restaurants and bars. From 1-5PM in the East River State Park (90 Kent Ave), guests will get to get a taste of a variety of delicious flavors from over 50 neighborhood hangouts like Maison Premiere, Lilia, Lighthouse BK, The Meatball Shop, Cafe Mogador, Pies ‘n’ Thighs and many more! Newcomers Cheeseboat and Hail Mary of Greenpoint.

Will there be cocktails? Absolutely. Beer? Plenty of it, thanks to Brooklyn Brewery. Music? Get that booty shaking to Blonde Redhead’s DJ set and a special performance by Grammy award-winning Tim Kubbart.

Get tickets here and use discount code “GPERS16” for 30% off! Continue reading

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