#EEEEEATSCON might be the first food festival I've been to that feels truly mature and chill. No racing from station to station or getting huffy over long lines everywhere. Also, it was clear that this is definitely more popular with people in their 30s and up. (And even then I saw less than half a dozen kids total.)
Q: And how do you get people to a 2 p.m. panel discussion during a food festival on a beautiful autumn afternoon?
A: Host it in "The Wine Room" tent...and pour tastes of the winemaker's bottles during the show.
I'm really glad I planned ahead (meaning looking at the schedule for the 90-minute ride on the F train to Forest Hills) to make it to the panel discussion with Marie Vayron, the somm at Le Bernardin and the Aldo Sohm Wine Bar in Manhattan. The Bordeaux native shared her Pomerol-inspired but Rutherford-source Merlot: Colete. When asked about her favorite pairing, she wasn't shy—the answer was pizza. A woman after my own heart.
(Also, apologies for the beehive hues, but the event was sponsored by Bumble, and they truly went all in on branding—even for the lighting.)
The Wine Room aside, the food offerings on hand were also above par.
My favorites (with official descriptions from the event website):
Di An Di: “A top spot on our Best New Restaurants list in 2018, and one of our favorite places to eat Vietnamese food in NYC. Expect some classics as well as dishes you’ve never seen before, like the Vietnamese pizza.”
Kopitiam: “This Lower East Side coffee shop specializes in small Malaysian dishes, sweets, and making some of our favorite things to eat for breakfast.”
Seriously, it looks like Wonder Bread with butter but the Kaya toast was the best thing we ate all day and I'm definitely going to the café to get more. I could eat the coconut jam out of a jar with a spoon.
Also, the cookie dough ice cream from Salt & Straw was good, but the wait was so long it was like they imported the lines from California. Thank goodness, we had rosé.