Governors Island is welcoming several new food festivals and events over the next six weeks. The events include Parked, a food truck festival, the Vendy Awards, which recognize outstanding local street vendors, the barbeque festival Pig Island and Oktoberfest.
This Sunday, the creators of the BKLYN Yard bring Parked to the Island. Parked will feature more than a dozen food trucks, including The Jamaican Dutchy Truck, Rickshaw Dumpling, Green Pirate juice, Joyride Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Van Leeuwan Artisan Ice Cream, Halo Berlin, The Cinnamon Snail, Kelvin Natural Slush Co, Hermelinda Mexicana and others. There will also be specially selected craft beers for sale for those visitors who are over 21.The event itself is free and visitors will be able to purchase food and drinks from all participating vendors.
Later this month, the Sixth Annual Vendy Awards will come to the Island. New Yorkers have nominated their favorite street vendors who will compete in a cook off to determine New York City’s best street vendor. Finalists are:
- Bistro Truck (Moroccan-Mediterranean Bistro)
- El Rey de Sabor (Puebla Style Mexican)
- King of Falafel and Shawarma (Middle Eastern)
- Patacon Pisao (Venezuelan Street Food)
- Schnitzel and Things (Austrian cuisine with a new American twist)
The public will be able to access the Winner’s Circle at the event, which will also feature live music and performances. Governors Island visitors without tickets will be able to sample award-winning food from past Vendy winners who will be stationed around the Island.
October events include Pig Island, a culinary festival featuring barbeque prepared by nearly two dozen chefs from Jimmy’s No. 43, Porchetta, Bobo, Butter and more. Pig Island is the second barbeque festival on the Island this year and follows the tremendously popular Meatopia event that drew thousands to the Island this past July. The festival is a featured event of New York’s Craft Beer Week. Tickets can be purchased in advance and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Food Systems Network NYC.
MeanRed Productions is also producing the final food event of the season. Oktoberfest will feature Oktoberfest inspired food, including funnel cake and bratwurst from Halo Berlin. Other food options will also be offered by Greenpoint Food Market and BKLYN Yard food vendors. There will also be more than 50 artisanal beers available as well. Activities at the festival will include a root beer garden for kids, face painting, a live brass band and a farm stand with local produce.
So come with your appetite and get ready to enjoy the last six weeks of the Island’s public access season.