Monday, June 28, 2010

NYC Food Film Festival

I read about the New York Food Film Festival a couple of months ago and on a bit of a whim bought 4 tickets to what was dubbed "the World's first food truck drive-in movie", one of the events scheduled to take place during the 4-day extravaganza.

I knew that it wouldn't be hard to convince at least 3 of my friends to come and spend a whole afternoon (and most of the evening) eating and drinking alfresco under the Brooklyn Bridge, which is exactly what we did last Saturday.

The festival combines two things I love - trying lots of new things from different chefs while watching food documentaries. As the name indicates, the event centered around the City's most reputable Food Trucks and around a dozen of them congregated under the Bridge, giving us the choice of sampling anything from Rickshaw Dumplings' delicious chicken & basil creation, to Korean kimchidillas from The Krave, goats cheese and hazelnut crostinis from Pizzamoto and pastries from Street Sweets, amongst many others.

 Food Trucks are a particular obsession here and the better ones have gained quite the cult following. People readily queue in line to get to their favourite morsels of food (patience is not a virtue normally granted to New Yorkers!) and many, myself included, follow their movements in the City on Twitter. Rickshaw Dumplings (brain child of Anita Lo, former Top Chef Master contestant and Michelin starred Chef) has over 5,600 followers for example!

Food in general is a huge component of New York culture and way of life and most people consider themselves foodies, which means that there are many food events to attend throughout the year. Next up for me - Meatopia on Governors Island on July 11th where I will be going on a BBQ tasting adventure with my friend JR!

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