Event showcases local flavor in a variety of forms
by Kathleen Lees
Sep 12, 2012 | 1837 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In addition to the food, live music and brews, first-timer Leslie Satterfield came to the Taste of Greenpoint Williamsburg out of just plain curiosity.

“Honestly, I just wanted to see what it was all about,” she said.

After moving to Williamsburg from San Francisco five years ago, Satterfield said she wanted to experience the different food and drinks at the local event, featuring flavors from over 40 neighborhood restaurants and vendors, as well as live musical performances.

The event was held from 1 to 5 p.m. on North 11th Street on Sunday, and included appetizer-size food portions with complimentary brews, state wines and specialty cocktails.

Pouring a sugary drink from a crystal punch bowl, Jaci Portillo, a bartender from Kinfolk Studios, admits that Double Bunny Punch, a drink mixed with Don Q Rum, Citrus, Velvet Falernum, Kamar, Edin Syrup, and Bitters, is the public and personal favorite at the booth.

Served along side a white glass rabbit, Portillo said the look draws the audience in more. Kinfolk Studios, a creative space featuring a rotating selection of projects highlighting art, music and food culture, opened in Brooklyn this past year at 90 Wythe Ave. The original company opened in 2008 as an international design studio based in Tokyo.

Portillo offers another cocktail for those with a sweeter side—Flor de Jamaica: Sauza Tequila, Hibiscus Tea, Triple Sec and Orange Flower.

“It definitely depends on your taste, but the drinks are going fast,” Portillo said.

Many restaurants and vendors had run out of food by 4 p.m. or earlier.

Greenpoint resident and co-chair of the Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Emily Gallagher, a local non-profit, expressed her support for the event’s third anniversary.

“I think it’s important to celebrate local culture,” Gallagher said, who hoped that the proceeds from today’s event would be enough to help build the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center. The center will be housed at the converted historic Engine Company 212 located on Wythe Avenue.

Different musical groups joined the fun for a variety of compositional styles, including Ikebe Shakedown, a group known for their deep disco and Afro-funk, The Dukes of Brooklyn, with blues and rock & roll beats, and Tropic of Pisces, accompanied with multi-instrumentalists.

At the end of the day, Satterfield said she knew she’d be coming back next year. “I think it’s a lot of fun.”

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