7 Tips for Food Events and Festivals
The lure of unlimited samplings and crafted cocktails keep food events ahead of the game. Back on November 12, Boston Magazine hosted its 9th annual Taste event, giving notability to some of Boston's top chefs. I had the pleasure of going and would like to share some tips that may be helpful the next time you attend a food event or festival.
Here are my 7 tips for navigating food events:
1. Flow against traffic.
Move clockwise to the crowd. For example, if you see the majority of people are moving right, go left. It's a clear path to an open line. This saves your wait time and maximizes the number of stations you're able to visit.
2. Sample beyond your comfort zone.
With unlimited samplings of dishes, this isn't the time to be shy! Some of these dishes are $40+ for the entree alone, so take advantage of the money spent on your ticket. 'Steak here, sushi there, I don't know what this is, but I'm eating it too'- that's the mentality to keep. You may end up finding a new favorite dish!
3. Don't rush, take the time to enjoy the food.
Divide and conquer, but don't choke! Stop and take the time to enjoy each dish. It's not an all-you-can-eat contest! Restaurants have selected which menu items they would like to showcase as a representation of them. Take the time to get to know them and connect through their dishes.
4. Make a memorable approach.
Ask questions and interact! The chefs and their team are here to answer any of your questions- don't be afraid! We chatted with some, cracking jokes in between. I'm shy myself, but stepping out of my comfort makes life more enjoyable! Check out my instagram Highlights for video clips!
5. Arrive early (at least 15 minutes).
Get to the event early! Be mindful of traffic, parking, and the line inside. Some hosts offer VIP tickets which, allow you to attend one hour ahead of general admission. If you're anything like me, general admission sounds a bit more budget-friendly. Keeping those things in mind, we had plenty of time to enjoy the event.
6. Check the menu.
If you have allergies, checking out the menu before standing in line will save you a lot of time. If you're attending with a friend, one of you can stand in line while the other reviews the list.
7. Follow the Host's page and check tagged photos.
If it's anything that I have time to do, it's time for research. Social media is a great tool to use to look for coupon codes. The host of the food event may offer discount codes or giveaways: a great way to save on ticket costs. Participating restaurants may also offer discounts, so check out tagged photos of the host and sift through for a code. I found a discount code for Taste 2019 through a tagged photo on Instagram!
BONUS TIP: SNAG AS FREE STUFF AS YOU CAN!
All-in-all, food events are a great way to try out dishes you normally wouldn't. Take advantage the next time you attend and these tips to get the most out of your experience. Thanks for reading!