EVENTS: Taste Of The Seaport 2018 - October 20th (10.17.18)
On Saturday, October 20th, Taste Of The Seaport returns with their 9th annual event designed to benefit two local public schools, PS 343 Peck Slip School & PS 397 Spruce Street School. Featuring musical entertainment, children’s activities and incredible food/drinks from more than 40 food & beverage purveyor, this is by far one of our favorite fall events. We spoke to Doug Ganley, Co-Chair and parent of two Spruce street students, to learn what they have in store for you this year…
PS Don’t forget to get your tickets NOW!
For those who haven't been, what can locals expect at Taste Of The Seaport?
Food, fun, and a chance to mingle with local neighbors and learn about local restaurants. The Taste of the Seaport brings together the best culinary outlets in Lower Manhattan, and showcases an array of local vendors, artisans, and entertainers. So we've got great live music, a children's play area, and a chance to fill your belly with some great food while supporting neighborhood kids. Something for everyone.
What does Taste Of The Seaport support?
The taste supports the arts and enrichment programs at Public Schools 397, The Spruce Street School, and at Public School 343, The Peck Slip School. We also see it as an opportunity to promote the local restaurants that come out and help make the event such fun.
What's new to Taste Of The Seaport this year?
The newest thing about the Taste this year is the location, we're holding the festival on the newly reconstructed South Street Seaport Pier 16, and on the Seaport Museum's Pier 17. We're looking forward to consolidating the entire event where we used to be spread out along Front Street.
And while we don't have the food info set already, the menu changes every year as old favorites and new faces show off what they can do.
What are you most looking forward to at Taste Of The Seaport?
Honestly as a parent one of my favorite things about the taste is the opportunity to try some new restaurants that I haven't been able to check out in person for a full meal. With two kids, a night out is a rarity, and expensive, when you're already spending money on a babysitter. So this lets me get a preview of some new places in the neighborhood without committing to a full night. Plus it gives me a chance to expose the kids to some new food items they might otherwise refuse, I'm specifically thinking about food with vegetables.
How do locals support Taste Of The Seaport?
The easiest way is to come out and buy a tasting ticket which are on sale now for $35 for 5 tastes. If you're buying for a family you can get the Family Pack which is $125 for 20 tastes. We're also selling VIP tables for parties of four or six people where you get to have waiter service and some specialty items. Those are on sale for $700 for four, and $1000 for six, and people who used them last year had a blast.
If you're a local business looking to get some attention contact us about sponsorships and joining the fun. It's a great way to get some new customers from the community.
Lastly I think people can help by eating out at some of these local restaurants that support the event. We're trying to promote the whole downtown community through the taste and we really hope our partners get a chance to find some new fans while helping out the schools.