May 16, Staff Report
The seventh annual Taste of Sunnyside takes place next Tuesday and a number of local restaurants have already determined what they plan to serve on the day.
Arriba Arriba will be offering attendees traditional Mexican street food, The Lowery Bar & Kitchen will be serving veggie and short rib/brisket sliders while Mangal Kebab will be offering an array of kebabs as well as hummus and salad. Others such as Bar 43 will be offering Atomic wings.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, in a block-long tent, under the elevated 7 train at 46th Street. It will feature more than 20 local restaurants—representing a diverse selection of ethnic food– and tickets are still on sale.
General admission tickets are $40 and participants will be able to taste all that’s to offer between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.
There are also $70 VIP tickets on offer, which entitles ticket holders to enter at 5:30 pm, providing them with an extra hour to sample the food.
Tickets can be bought online (click here). The event last year was a sold in advance.
“The Taste of Sunnyside is one of Sunnyside’s biggest annual events for a reason—the combination of diversity and community spirit is like no place else,” said Jaime-Faye Bean, executive director of Sunnyside Shines, who is expecting a strong turnout this year.
Making their first appearance at the Taste of Sunnyside are purveyors Boon by Moldova, Dayboat, Ida’s Nearabout, Lowery Bar and Kitchen, and Mangal Kebob, along with pop-ups from Bliss Street Creamery and Isa’s Cake.
Attendees will also be able to drink local craft beers, wines, and cider on tap, alongside non-alcoholic beverages. Participating breweries include Big aLICe Brewing, Manhattan Beer Distributors, and Queens Brewery. ‘
Local wine purveyors Lowery Wines and Liquors will be offering wine alongside Palm Bay International, and for the first time, Orchard Hill Cider Mill will be bringing cider to the festival.
The event will also feature live entertainment by Underground Horns and the Afro-Latineers.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in an event raffle, competing for prizes from JetBlue, the Long Island City YMCA, Z Hotel, Thalia Spanish Theatre, the Chocolate Factory Theater, the Taste of LIC Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, and more.
The full list of participating purveyors includes 43 Bar and Grill (Irish American Pub), Arriba Arriba (Mexican), Big aLICe Brewing, Bliss 46 Bistro (French), Bliss Street Creamery (Small batch ice cream), Boon by Moldova (Moldovan/Romanian), Coffee Tossy (café bites), Dayboat (Ceviche/Peruvian), Dazies Restaurant (Italian), De Mole (Mexican), Green Valley Marketplace of Sunnyside, I Love Paraguay (Paraguayan), Ida’s Nearabout (American), Isa’s Cake (Bakery goods), Jack’s Fire Department (Pub), Los Verdes (Colombian), Lowery Wines and Liquors, Lowery Bar and Kitchen (New American), Mangal Kebob (Turkish), Manhattan Beer Distributors, Orchard Hill Cider Mill, Palm Bay International, Queens Brewery, Sidetracks (Irish American Pub), Soleluna (Italian), Tibetan Dumpling Cafe (Tibetan), Tito Rad’s Grill (Filipino) and Voss Water.