The rise of foodie culture has given rise to ways in which we can celebrate foodie culture, and Taste Talks, a series of national festivals held in Brooklyn, foodie capital of the world, is the perfect way to do that.
This year, the Taste Talks Festival was held from September 8th to September 10th, starting with the second ever “TASTY AWARDS” at the Weylin Hotel in Williamsburg. Categories for the awards included “Best Pastry Chef,” “Best Startup,” and “Best Food Literature,” and nominees ranged from the high end Alinea to the artisanal Felix Trattoria.
After the awards ceremony, guests were treated to snacks from The Meatball Shop and Campbell’s Cheese and Grocery at an exclusive after party located at the extravagant Weylin, which set the focus on food for the remainder of the festival.
The next day, ticket holders headed over to The Williamsburg Hotel for a Future Food Expo, which featured companies that work to produce more sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly food, such as Zesty Z and Kellog’s. Other panelists at the Expo included Wandering Bear Coffee, the Cabot Creamery Co-operative, and teapigs.
To close out the festival, Taste Talks held an “All Star BBQ Cookout,” where guests could enjoy mini dishes from some of Brooklyn’s biggest food talent, including Andrew Whitcomb, Yuji Haraguchi, and Brad Farmerie. My favorites of the day included the “Burro Taco,” a 28 day dry aged Pat LaFrieda ribeye taco from Saxon and Parole, the Double Smoked Bacon Bao from Nom Wah Tea Parlor, and lastly, the out of this world “Cosmic Mousstachio Vegan Ice Cream Sundae” from Van Leeuwen, in partnership with Frankie Cosmos.
The Taste Talks Festival is a must go for any aspiring NYC foodie. Not only is it a fantastic place to find your new favorite food, but it’s somewhere where you’ll learn about how the food world is changing, and what you can do to help. Find out more at: http://www.tastetalks.com/
Special thanks to Ana