The first ever NYC Vegetarian Food Festival had a room full of vendors and many were dishing out the samples! From Sweet & Sara to Gnosis Chocolates, the tasty treats were everywhere…but that was only if you got in. The line for the event ran around three-fourths of the block.
Some tagged teamed it; one would save their place in line, while the other went to get food or use the bathroom. The Cinnamon Snail food cart was outside the entrance of The Altman Building. (Note: if you went to the festival but didn’t get the chance to try it or you missed the festival altogether, you get a second chance to try The Cinnamon Snail next weekend at the Food Cart Festival in Hell’s Kitchen.)
Many (legitimately) complained about how disorganized the event was. One man contemplated why they didn’t have the event outside. As I considered a possible location, my same thoughts were voiced by another young woman, ‘Why not Union Square?’ The square is spacious and already has other vendors, why not increase the foot traffic by hosting the festival there. However, we’re to prevued to the reasonings behind this inaugural festival’s location. The location will change next year cause there is probably no way The Altman Building will want the return business. While Union Square may seem a great idea in theory, the logistics of permits and weather are things not really considered after waiting hungry and chilled in line for hours.
After waiting 3 hours in line, I was running on empty until Danny from The V Spot came around with his egg crate full of yummy empanadas. I happily handed over $3 for a delicious Philly Cheesesteak empanada, which fueled me for the the last of my wait. Not everyone I talked to while I’d waited made it to the proverbial “finish line.”
…Stay tuned for more…