The Queens Economic Development Corporation, Queens Tourism Council, and Queens Together will host Queens Taste 2023 at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Tuesday, May 16, from 6 pm to 9 pm.
QEDC organized Queens Taste every May from 2003 until 2019, but had to discontinue the feast for three years due to the Covid pandemic. The 2023 return is expected to attract more than 500 attendees with 30 restaurants and beverage purveyors, who will offer samples of their products. Thus, attendees will be able to bounce from table to table, tasting treats from tangy to fiery, crunchy to velvety, and sweet to briny.
Registration is still open but already matriculated restaurants offer Asian, Brazilian, Caribbean, Colombian, Filipino, French, Italian, Kosher, Malaysian, Mexican, and Singaporean cuisine. Local breweries, coffee crafters, and alcoholic-drink vendors are expected, too, along with cupcake designers, chocolate makers, and artisan bakers.
Queens Taste is also a celebration of the borough — and a great way to network. Almost all the anticipated 500 attendees either live in Queens or do business there. Many are executives and captains of industry. Plus, the Afro-Latineers Band plays fun music, and the atmosphere is always festive, almost giddy, creating an ideal scene for meeting and greeting.
Classes are sponsored by the Small Business Association.