You are reading

Queens Taste 2020 Canceled Due To COVID-19

Queens Taste (Photo courtesy of Queens Taste)

May 6, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Queens Taste, the popular annual food-and-networking festival, has been canceled for 2020 due to issues pertaining to COVID-19.

The event had already been postponed from May 5 to Oct. 6 but organizers have decided to terminate the gathering for this year.

Safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 along with ongoing economic restrictions are posing too many challenges for organizers Queens Economic Development Corporation and Queens Tourism Council.

“We’re saddened by this decision, but there’s so much uncertainty that even holding it in the fall is not feasible,” QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein said.

Queens Taste has been an annual event since 2001 and was scheduled to take place at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park.

Last year, an estimated 500 people attended to sample cuisine from countries such as China, Colombia, Guyana, Haiti, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand, Trinidad, and the Philippines.

Several dozen Queens-based restaurants and beverage purveyors were set to provide samples of their products to revelers and help generate much-needed revenue for the neighborhood.

“We were hoping to hold a triumphant, post-COVID affair and show off the borough’s businesses, but this disease is too dangerous,” added QTC Director Rob MacKay.

“It’s a shame, but we’ll be back,” he said.

QEDC has put together a document with information for businesses that may need assistance navigating the COVID-10 economic shutdown.

Experts are warning of impending economic carnage for small businesses in Queens over the coming months.

Tom Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce estimates that half of the bars and restaurants in Queens may not reopen. Grech made the startling revelation on the Queens Post podcast last weekend.

His evaluation is based on discussions the chamber has had with landlords, food suppliers and the restaurants themselves.

The full podcast with Grech can be viewed below.

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.