After a bumpy first run Great Googa Mooga is back for the second installment of the food, drink and music festival. Thought of as an “amusement park” for foodies, guests of the inaugural Mooga were disappointed and frustrated to say the least but event organizer, Superfly (Bonnaroo, Outside Lands), heard the cries of the people and reorganized their event. Instead of just a 2-day event, the 2013 Great Googa Mooga will be three days, May 17th through May 19th at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
February is upon us, and it’s only a few weeks until the year’s most important food event, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, begins. Tickets to the nearly countless events have been on sale since before 2013 even started, and while some of the more coveted events are sold out, there are still tickets available to some very exciting dinners, tastings, and parties that are sure to be the highlight of your year. A list of all available events for this year’s Wine & Food Festival can be seen at www.sobefest.com, but here are some highlights that any foodie should definitely not miss:
This past weekend, Fork and The Cork hosted its sixth annual event, displaying Northeastern Pennsylvania's premier wine and food at Mount Airy Casino Resort. The event, which is sponsored by igourmet.com and Entercom Communications, brought together the ultimate foodies and wine aficionados from the area, where they sampled gourmet foods, wines, beers, and spirits in the beautiful Fall weather. A whopping 1,100 guests showed up for the scrumptious event.
Joie de Vivre at Le Taste of France at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 is the first ever two-day event celebrating French cuisine and the French way of life. Join renowned French food personalities from some of New York’s best restaurants as they join forces to prepare for guests a comprehensive guide to the diverse culinary offerings that France has to offer. With all proceeds of the event going to Action Against Hunger, guests will enjoy food and drinks, a French flea market, live music by popular French musicians, wine tasting seminars, play a the classic game of pétanque, view modern French artworks, and even vote on the cutest French Bulldog. If you happen to have the cutest French Bulldog ever, upload a picture on Le Taste of France’s Facebook for your chance to win!
If you haven't noticed already, it's food festival season. Monday, June 11th is the 19th Annual Taste of Time Square event and there will be food galore! The world of weird and wonderful cuisine will be served up by over 50 restaurants from around the neighborhood including Junior’s, Barbetta, B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, Ruth’s Chris, Havana Central, Firebird, Carmine’s, Toloache, Virgil’s Real BBQ, Le Rivage and more!
Come celebrate the “candy of meats” on June 23rd in Times Square where bacon-lovers big and small will gather at the Arena Events Space for the first annual Bacon Bash! This bacon-centric event will feature bacon-inspired cocktails, treats, and bacon souvenirs. Food vendors, such as Tommy Lasagna, Lucky 777 Chili Company, Little Town NYC will be serving savory and others will be serving savory bacon treats while sweet bacony goodness will be served by Baconery, Bacon Bites, and more.
Between pigging out at the Hamageddon pavilion, traversing The Market and all its artisanal goods, and getting your sugar fix at the Sweets Circus at this weekend’s Great Googa Mooga Festival in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park (May 19 & 20) you'll find amazing seminars and demonstrations given by the industry’s leading professionals. If you were lucky enough to snag a general admission ticket—if you didn’t make the cut, don’t feel bad, tickets sold out incredibly fast—here’s a rundown of the some of the not-to-be-missed foodie happenings at the festival.
While some residents of NYC were busy drinking margaritas in sombreros last Saturday there was another food event happening hidden below the Brooklyn-side of the Manhattan Bridge. The LUCKYRICE Night Market was part of the week-long LUCKYRICE Festival (May 1‑7th) hosted by LUCKYRICE, a media and marketing company whose motto is "If we are what we eat, we're all part Asian." LUCKYRICE specializes in bringing the diversity of Asian culture and cuisine to North American diners. In celebration of the festival’s third year, the 2012 LUCKYRICE Night Market paid homage to the unique experience of an Asian night market.
Of course, there are small things that we can all do each day to combat childhood obesity, especially if we have our own children. Because the issue has become so large (again, no pun intended), many organizations are either being founded or changing their focus to bring about more awareness and help combat this preventable epidemic that is plaguing our nation’s children. One such local organization is the Florida Heart Research Institute (FHRI), which will be hosting a healthy food festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Sunday, April 29th called Heart of a Chef. Presented by Florida Blue and Whole Foods Market, this family friendly festival will showcase healthy cooking demos, seminars, and tastings that prove that families can eat tasty, gourmet food and still live a heart healthy lifestyle.
Besides enjoying the natural wonders of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden with its collection of rare tropical plants and beautifully manicured displays of diverse ecosystems, families will be able to witness as two acclaimed local chefs go head to head in a culinary battle utilizing a basket of surprise ingredients. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, a winner from the Food Network’s Chopped with a hot new pop-up restaurant called Eating House in Coral Gables, will challenge Chef Joshua Wahler, a “survivor” from Hell’s Kitchen and executive chef at CRAVE Restaurant. The younger gourmands will also be entertained with a special cooking demonstration by Short Chef, who has spent the last ten years closely working with South Florida children to develop healthy eating habits.
Overall, Heart of a Chef promises to be an unforgettable event for the whole family and a great way to introduce the little ones to good eating and foods that don’t include chicken nuggets and instant mac n’ cheese.
Heart of a Chef
Sunday, April 29th, 2012
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables 33158
Tickets are $30 per adult and include two complimentary children’s admissions
For more information, please visit www.heartofachef.org
During last Thursday’s second annual Varli Food Festival, 2,000 guests came to eat the finest Indian foods, drink Indian wines and beers, and, as one renowned and witty Indian chef mentioned, take an Indian cab home. The festival truly embraced the generosity of the Indian community, donating over 5,000 dollars to The Food Bank for New York City, and showed to unfamiliar guests just how complex and layered Indian cuisine actually is. It is NOT simply curry and chicken tikka masala with rice. Just as French cuisine cannot be lumped into a category as simply phrased as European food, Indian cuisine cannot be summed up into a single term because it is so regionally dynamic. Varli Magazine achieved their mission of “significantly rais[ing] awareness and appreciation for Indian cuisine around the world” by showing those new to the world of Indian cuisine the different blends of spices and cooking techniques used to create such diverse and flavorful dishes.