BY BETH BECKMAN | www.lilkidbigcity.com
Getting a Taste of Tribeca!
With over 65 restaurants and community partners, Taste of Tribeca is an outdoor culinary festival like no other. Celebrating its 22nd year, this famous fundraiser was founded by parents of two neighborhood public schools, PS 150 and PS 234. All money raised during this amazing event benefits these schools, and helps to fund their enrichment and arts programs.
Taste of Tribeca has become an important (and delicious) community tradition! Each year it continues to grow in size (8 new restaurants this year!), and popularity – uniting the community while raising funds for a great need. Its continued success is a testament to the hardworking parents, students, and volunteers, who bring this festival to tasty fruition each year!
Two tickets to (a tasting) paradise! We couldn’t wait to discover new foods!
Restaurants exhibit in tented booths within closed-off streets, and feature one specific dish of their choosing – allowing people to try, taste and discover new or specialty foods straight from their kitchen! Guests to the festival purchase a ticket that is then used as a punch card for tastings. Each ticket includes six tastes of delicious food from a strong culinary field of famous and beloved Tribeca restaurants.
Our Lil Foodie was ecstatic to attend, and to help support his downtown community!
Lil Kid surveying the choices! The festival is quite large and spanned a few city blocks, with many exciting booths and foods to choose from!
Our little guy grasped the process immediately, and loved handing each booth his ticket for a yummy taste.
First stop, a new restaurant discovery – Belle Reve! He couldn’t resist the fresh miniature sliders, being grilled right within the booth.
The fresh vegetable display from seasonal restaurant Little Park was gorgeous! We learned that Little Park uses only organic vegetables, and that all ingredients are specially sourced for their level of quality, sustainability and nutrition.
Their specialty dish was an English Pea Tart, and was absolutely delicious. Fresh always tastes best!
One of our favorite organizations, GrowNYC was in attendance as well. GrowNYC is the sustainable resource for New Yorkers, and provides many tools and resources to the community, including Greenmarkets, recycling services, and even programs for children – teaching them how to be environmental stewards. An amazing organization!
The Conde Nast booth had an ice block on hand to make fresh shaved ice juice treats for all guests! Children were surrounding the booth, and couldn’t get enough of the incredible ice shaving demonstration!
Next – soup time! Lil Kid loved the delicious carrot soup from Terroir Tribeca! Carrots are his favorite vegetable – he drank the whole thing!
Next we swung by the Ninja New York restaurant booth, complete with an actual Ninja to greet guests! So much fun!
In addition to the delicious food, Lil Taste Testers had more fun to discover, including the Sports Zone – hosted by Manhattan Youth. The zone included a number of physical sport activities as well as a crafting station for kids!
Further down the street, the Kids Zone area was sponsored by New York Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and included tours of an ambulance, clown performances, face painters, balloon twisters, and even cupcake decorating by Taste Buds Kitchen. These special zones were so fun and engaging for all ages, and a big hit with the kids!
Some restaurants cooked their dishes right on site – and was a delight for little future chefs to watch!
The restaurant American Cut had a full kitchenette, and grilled the tortillas for their steak tartar dish right within their booth…
…and even invited me to get into the action. Such a cool experience!
Thank you Taste of Tribeca, for such a wonderful afternoon of tasting and exploring!
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