Photo via NYCVFF
VIP tickets to last year’s New York City Vegetarian Food Festival sold out days–maybe weeks?–before the one-day fest. This year the fest is two days, Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and VIP tickets are on sale now for individual days ($20) and the full weekend ($30).
On my way to last year’s festival I waltzed right past the line that wrapped around 18th Street and up Seventh Avenue, flashed my VIP ticket at the door, and floated on in to this vegan food sampling mecca. I felt like a freaking queen. And then I felt like a douche who really should have bought tickets for her boyfriend and his brother, who waited outside in the hours-long line. (Live and learn, right?)
Yes, you can buy $5 tickets at the door. But if, like me, you want to get a solid brunch down before strutting in at the crack of noon, and be admitted before the place shuts down at 5, shell out for the $20 VIP ticket. In addition to the privilege of skipping the line, you get priority entrance for the speakers series and five raffle tickets, whatever those are good for. I can’t vouch for the speakers because I was busy shoving Goodie Girl cookies in my mouth. I really hope those girls are at this festival again. Also, the Beyond Sushi people! So many delicious memories.
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
March 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St., NYC