A Queens festival will reimagine the World’s Fair with 100+ food vendors representing over 100 cultures

Posted On Thu, February 8, 2018 By

Posted On Thu, February 8, 2018 By In Events, History, Queens

Photo courtesy of Bill Cotter/worldsfairphotos

Experience “diversity through cuisine” at CitiField this spring at an event paying homage to the iconic 1964 New York World’s Fair. Dubbed the World’s Fare, the event will feature over 100 food vendors from more than 100 cultures, as well as live music and art (h/t QNS). Highlights include an international beer garden that will offer tastings of 80 craft beers from 45 breweries and exhibits of LEGO Art and 4-D drawings.


Unisphere Fountain at the 1964 World’s Fair; photo via Wikimedia

Restaurants and street vendors will be curated by a team of chefs and culinary experts, like Danish chef Claus Meyer and journalist and culinary historian, Jessica Harris. For every ticket sold, one dollar will go to The Melting Pot Foundation USA, a group that oversees a community culinary center in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Ticket prices range from $19 to $199. A general admission ticket remains the cheapest option which gives you access to the vendors, live music and art installations. The $49 tickets allow for general admission, a souvenir tasting mug and two hours of unlimited beer tastings at the beer garden. The most expensive ticket is the full-day VIP Lounge Access for $199 which comes with an extra 30 minutes in the beer garden and access to the lounge, which comes with a private bar and covered seating.

In 1964, the New York World’s Fair came to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with 80 nations and 24 states participating. The fair’s motto, “Peace Through Understanding,” was represented by a 12-story high, stainless steel model of the earth called the Unisphere. It also served as a symbol of global unity, an enduring idea in the city and in Queens, nicknamed the “World’s Borough.”

“Our political climate has never called for a greater opportunity to embrace and celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity,” Joshua Schneps, organizer of the World’s Fare, told QNS.com “The festival embraces everything great about New York City, it’s people and its food.”

The World’s Fare will run from 11 am to 8 pm on April 28th and April 29th. Buy tickets to the event here.

[Via QNS]

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