Farm-to-bar in Long Island City
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Aug 07, 2019 | 3392 views | 0 0 comments | 275 275 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Secret Summer, a one-of-kind farm-to-bar cocktail festival featuring unique food and drinks and musical performances, recently took place at The Foundry in Long Island City.

The fifth annual immersive summer garden party, produced by Tyler Hollinger of HighLife Productions, Andrew Maturana of RAPT Hospitality and Allison Du Val of The Foundry, welcomed 1,000 attendees and featured seasonal farm-to-bar cocktails, unique food vendors, and live musical performances throughout the sprawling venue.

Farm-to-bar uses the same ideology that the farm-to-table movement has brought to food. These vibrant seasonal sippers are prepared with only raw, peak-season ingredients sourced from local farms.

“Secret Summer’s farm-to-bar program is our way of sharing and celebrating a lifestyle of wholeness, happiness and a passion for quality ingredients and experiences,” organizers said.

Some of the world’s most prominent spirits brands such as Aldez Tequila, The House of Suntory, Westward Whiskey, Aperol Spritz, Gem & Bolt Mezcal, The Long Drink, Runa and Mr. Black served up drinks that paired well with The London Essence Co: Fine Mixers from distilled essences, and Blue Point Brewery.

“This year, we are excited to be partnering with local farms, Brooklyn Grange Farm (Brooklyn Navy Yard), Windfall Farm (Montgomery, NY), Gotham Greens (Greenpoint Brooklyn + Hollis Queens), Bowery Farming (Manhattan) Lucky Dog Farm (Hamden, NY) and Lani's Farm (South New Jersey, Bordentown) for the first time to supply the Secret Summer festival cocktail program with some of the most beautiful, local ingredients the season has to offer," said Maturana.

The delicious food offerings included a sustainable raw bar by MF Events and the return of Crazy Taco Mex, Cash Only BBQ and newcomers like Nansense NYC and Mama Margarita’s.

Tipsy Scoop also served liquor-infused ice cream, dark chocolate whiskey and salted caramel ice cream and mango margarita sorbet, which featured five percent ABV to satisfy everyone's appetites and compliment the flavorful libations.

(Photo Credit: Jules Slutsky)
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