Village Voice Announces 9th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event**UPDATE*”*

Hello, fellow foodies! Are you ready to go on another great Village Voice food journey? The Village Voice just announced it’s 9th Annual Choice Eats tasting event, taking place on Friday, March 11th. Are you ready to feast on cuisines from over 35 nations, including Vietnamese, Italian, Uzbekistani, Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Tunisian, Greek, and Cajun, Creole and many more? Keep reading for more information on what is sure to be another great event filled with foodie delights.

Village Voice Announces 9th Annual 'Choice Eats' Tasting Event

The tasting event will feature an array of 50+ handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs, and will take place from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 W. 18th St. As of today 29 restaurants have signed on to share their delicacies with attendees, including Ample Hills Creamery, Awadh, Broken Spoke Rotisserie, Calle Dao, Doughnut Plant, Egg, El Quinto Pino, Emmy Squared, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Fonda, Genuine Superette, The Handpulled Noodle, ilili Restaurant, Kuma Inn, Le Fond, Luke’s Lobster, Mable’s Smokehouse, The Meatball Shop, Meat Hook Sandwich Shop, No. 7 Veggie, Queens Comfort, Raclette, Robicelli’s, Socarrat Paella Bar, StreetsBK, Swine, Veselka Restaurant, Victory Garden, Xe May Sandwich Shop, with many more to be announced.

As always, Choice Eats events feature three tiers of ticket options – General Admission tickets ($70.00), Early Entry tickets ($85.00), and VIP tickets ($99.00). All guests will have the opportunity to indulge in the best dishes from restaurants the Village Voice has reviewed and heralded, along with complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. All Early Entry tickets allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping. The VIP ticket will allow guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP Lounge that will feature a private bar, restrooms, snacks, and an exclusive VIP gift bag per person. For more details on this year’s event, and the three ticket options, head over to www.villagevoice.com/ChoiceEats.

As always, the Village Voice will once again partner with a great charitable organization. This year marks their 8th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, and as before, a portion of proceeds will be shared with Slow Food NYC. So come one and all to savor the various flavors and foods that will be available at the Village Voice 9th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event, hope to see you there.

**UPDATE**: Twenty-four new restaurants have been added to the growing list of participating restaurants including: Bara, The Black Ant, Black Tree, BOOMWICH, Breads Bakery, Brooklyn Bread Lab, Flinders Lane, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., Irvington Bar + Restaurant, Kailash Parbat, Loi Estiatorio, Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, Maima’s Liberian Bistro, Mexico Lindo, Obica Mozzarella Bar, Ofrenda Cocina Mexicana, Osteria Cotta, Papa’s Kitchen, Quality Eats, Schaller Stube, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Spicy Bampa, Sweet Generation, and Thai Rock.

Village Voice Announces Fifth Annual “Brooklyn Pour” Craft Beer Festival

What better day than today, #InternationalBeerDay to announce the upcoming Village Voice Fifth Annual “Brooklyn Pour” Craft Beer Festival. On Saturday, September 26th, over 100 craft brews from New York (local beers unique to the city) and beers from around the globe, will converge in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Expo Center from 3:00PM – 6:00PM to offer unlimited tasting of 100+ beers, a souvenir tasting glass, entertainment, and an exclusive Brooklyn Pour photo booth.

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19 breweries have been confirmed to showcase their brews this year’s event, including: Asahi Beer, Aspall, Austin Eastciders, Braven Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brew Shop, Crabbies Ginger Beer, Downeast Cider Hosue, Fentimans, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Harpoon Brewery, Kronenbourg Brewery, McKenzie’s Hard Cider, Rockaway Brewing Company, Singha Beer, Singlecut Beersmiths, Sixpoint Brewery, St. Feuilliens, Victory Brewing Company, War Flag Brewing Company, with many more to be announced!

This year’s Brooklyn Pour will feature three tiers of ticket options, which went on sale to the general public on Tuesday, July 28th at 12:00PM. The VIP ticket ($85.00) will allow guests entry one full hour early at 2:00PM, plus access to the private VIP lounge with a private bar, complimentary snacks, and a VIP Gift Bag. The Early Entry ticket ($65.00) will allow guests entry into the main room of the event a full half hour earlier at 2:30PM. The General Admission ticket ($55.00) allows entrance to the event at 3:00PM until the event finishes for all ticketholders at 6PM.

For more details on this year’s three ticket options, visit: www.villagevoice.com/brooklyn-pour. Whether you’re craft beer aficionado or novice, as an attendee, you will sample the best seasonal, micro and reserve brews from breweries around the country with a pinpointed focus on the tri-state area. The event’s details are listed below:

DATE: Saturday, September 26th
TIME: 2:00-6:00PM with staggered entry as follows:
2:00PM – $85 – VIP Ticketholder Doors
2:30PM – $65 – Early Entry Ticketholder Doors
3:00PM – $55 – General Admission Ticketholder Doors
VENUE: Brooklyn Expo Center, located at 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY
TICKETS: http://bit.ly/BKPour15Tix

Sponsors for the 2015 Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival include: Ava DoBro, Califia Farms, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Asahi Beer, Prairie Vodka, Crafty ‘Cue Barbecue, Papaya King, Green Mountain Energy, Great Brewers, Manhattan Beer, and SKI Beer.

Food on the Move | Village Voice’s Choice Streets Fourth Annual Food Trucks Event Recap

We discovered so many new favorite foods at the Village Voice’s Choice Streets Fourth Annual Food Trucks Event. Once again, it was food trucks galore as we descended upon the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86 on Cinco de Mayo. We were determined to beat our poor performance last year and enjoy as many food truck food varieties as we could. It literally was foodie heaven being surrounded by all these food trucks at Choice Streets. Sadly we didn’t meet our goal of surpassing last year’s count, but this time, it’s because the event was packed, much more than last year, with scores of more people waiting to enter and indulge in this gastronomical feast.
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Since the event was held on Cinco de Mayo, attendees were entertained with live music from Mariachi Flor de Toloache (pictured above), New York’s first and only all-female mariachi band. Before we began to indulge, we stopped in at the Bruce Cost Ginger Ale booth to arm ourselves with this delicious, and sparkling beverage made with fresh whole ginger that’s great for digestive comfort and our over indulgence.

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With disposable tray and Bruce Cost ginger ale in our hands, we began our foodie journey. Although they were not food trucks, we had to make a stop at Mofongo NY, who was there on behalf of Puerto Rico Tourism, serving up food so good, they had the longest line for the entire event (we easily waited an hour but it was so worth it), and the Whole Foods, who were sampling delicious Applegate Hotdogs.

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From there we went on to hitting the food trucks. Our first stop was to Korilla BBQ who offered three taco variations – Spicy Pork tacos, Chicken tacos, and Ribeye Tacos. We decided to go with the Ribeye Taco, which was so incredibly divine; the steak melted in your mouth and left you wanting more.

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Our next stop was to Sweet Chili and their peppery offering of Sriracha Fries Topped with Sweet and Spicy Sriracha and Sriracha Aioli.

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We’ve never been one for pepper, but the combination of sweet and spicy added some flavorful heat to our already delicious fries. From Sweet Chili, it was on to something a bit more sweet but equally savory. We heard so many great things about SnowDay‘s Grilled Cheese, we had to make it our next stop.

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This standout food truck offered their Signature Maple Grilled Cheese, which includes sharp cheddar, Shewolf Bakery sourdough, 100% pure NY State maple syrup, Smoked Pork Spare Rib with Maple Gastrique and Spring Slaw, and Maple Lemonade. Besides the Mofongo, this was easily our favorite dish of the night. Our next stop was to Big D’s Grub Truck, offering the nights’ most unique dish, Bangkok Basil Spicy Pork fried Rice with a Runny Egg on Top.

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This definitely made our top five favorite food experiences for the night, and if we were able to, we would’ve gone back for seconds. Of course by this time, we were already starting to feel the seams of our jeans, even with the overwhelming long lines, we were reaching our limit; with room for one for dish, and armed with more Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, we headed over to Domo Taco, and their 5 Spice Braised Pork Served on Toasted Corn Tortilla with Miso Slaw, Pico de Gallo, and Sesame Crema.

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There were several trucks we didn’t make it to either because the lines were too long or we had surpassed our limits but they definitely are worth mentioning, thanks to all the praises they received from other attendees. These amazing food trucks include Andy’s Italian Ices (offering guilt-less refreshment), Souvlaki Lady, Gorilla Cheese, Pizza Luca (offering Neapolitan pizza from the biggest oven we’ve ever seen), and Langos Truck, and are pictured below:

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Of course, we can’t have a hearty meals with a spirit or two to compliment the variety of cuisines. On hand to keep libations flowing were Barefoot Wines, New Amsterdam Vodka, and Rums of Puerto Rico, etc.

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As always we had a great time at the Choice Streets Fourth Annual Food Trucks Event, it truly is a food lover’s culinary fantasy. Tell us, have you ever been to Choice Streets, are any of these food trucks favorites of yours?