Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Taste of Sunnyside, a one-of-a-kind culinary event that promotes local restaurants and beverage purveyors. The evening festival will take place on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in a block-long tent, under the elevated 7 train at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, right in the heart of Sunnyside, Queens.
Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District produces the event to showcase the neighborhood as a dining destination, and to encourage locals and visitors to discover local restaurants. Tickets are now on sale at tasteofsunnyside.com. Eaters who want to beat the crowds can receive early entry to the event at 5:30pm by purchasing a VIP ticket for $65. General admission to the event at 6:30pm is $35. Tickets sold out last year, and attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets well in advance. The Taste of Sunnyside provides adventurous eaters the chance to sample food and beverages from 30 local restaurants and beverage purveyors — all in one night! More than just a neighborhood event, the Taste of Sunnyside is a culinary passport, transporting food lovers all over the world with a chance to try authentic flavors created by some of the most passionate local chefs.
Tasters will enjoy bites from Sunnyside’s most lauded restaurants, including Salt and Fat and Venturo Osteria, both recognized by Michelin as Bib Gourmand picks for 2016. The event also features new additions Cooldown Juice, Williamsburger, La Adelita, Café 52 and the soon-to-open The Lowery Bar and Kitchen.
The full list of eateries so far includes 43 Bar and Grill (Irish American Pub), Arriba Arriba (Mexican), Aubergine Cafe (American), Bliss 46 Bistro (French), Blu Orchid Thai Kitchen (Thai), Café 52 (American), Claret Wine Bar (Wine Bar), Cooldown Juice (Cold-Pressed Juice), Copper Kettle (Irish Pub), Dazies Restaurant (Italian), De Mole (Mexican), Dumplings & Things (Chinese), Jack’s Fire Department (Pub), La Adelita (Mexican), Los Verdes (Colombian), Punda Tibetan Restaurant (Tibetan), Salt and Fat (New American), Sidetracks (Irish American Pub), Soleluna (Italian), The Dog and Duck (Irish Gastropub), The Lowery Bar and Kitchen (New American), Tito Rad’s Grill (Filipino),Venturo Osteria (Seasonal Italian), White Castle (American) and Williamsburger (American). This year’s event includes plenty of local beverages as well. Three Queens-based breweries will serve tastes of their beers, including Big Alice Brewing, Finback Brewing and Queens Brewery, along with Maggie Maes, Manhattan Beer Distributors and local wine purveyors Lowery Wines and Liquors and Claret Wine Bar. Event sponsor Green Valley Marketplace of Sunnyside will provide non-alcoholic beverages for attendees of all ages.
“The Taste of Sunnyside offers more than food sampling – it’s a celebration of the neighborhood’s diversity and local character,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of Sunnyside Shines. “Whether it’s your first time to Queens or you’ve lived here all your life, we think you’ll love this event and we hope to see you there.”
The event has shown to make a positive impact on local business. In a survey of attendees last year, 95% of survey respondents said they planned to visit a restaurant they tried for the first time at the Taste of Sunnyside.