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Taste of France at Bryant Park this weekend

Monica Sep 27, 2013 12:14 PM

I don't know whether this a new thing in NYC or not but I saw a few advertisements for this event. It definitely includes food.. Is it worth the trouble of coming from NJ on the weekends with 2 kids?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Monica Sep 27, 2013 04:04 PM

    Monica, if you do, Madison Square Park is also having its semi-annual "Madison Square Eats" event, which if memory serves, starts this weekend.

    So, if you do come out to the city, make a double!

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      Ttrockwood RE: ipsedixit Sep 27, 2013 10:49 PM

      Oh!! I forgot madison sq opens already! I went a few times to the last one, the vendors keep getting better....

    2. Ziggy41 RE: Monica Sep 28, 2013 05:49 AM

      Monica, make it a triple...

      My friend sent me his tix for the French thing so I'll try to make it there as well

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      1. re: Ziggy41
        ipsedixit RE: Ziggy41 Sep 28, 2013 10:11 AM

        I am entering the Dumpling Eating Contest. Look for me.

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          Ziggy41 RE: ipsedixit Sep 28, 2013 10:55 AM

          I'm here. Crazy busy

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            ipsedixit RE: Ziggy41 Sep 28, 2013 04:39 PM

            I didn't make it there until the contest was over.

            How was it? Heard about the green giant dumpling ...

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              Ziggy41 RE: ipsedixit Sep 29, 2013 04:43 AM

              Didn't see it. Didn't stay long enough

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            kosmose7 RE: ipsedixit Sep 28, 2013 02:31 PM

            I've been to the Dumpling Festival and the dumplings I had (Korean, Japanese, and Chinese) were all sub par... -_-; Mostly vegetable dumplings or chicken dumplings were offered. A $20 ticket entitled me to taste 4 booths, so each dish from a booth cost $5 and I don't think it was worth that much. I was rather disappointed and got two bottles of ginger ale instead of my last dumpling dish.

            I much prefer 'Taste of France at Bryant Park'. Intercontinental Barclay Hotel booth sold Marseille Bouillabaisse for $3!!! It had shrimp, three pieces of fish, mussel, and clam. It was great value for money.

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              MrGrumpy RE: kosmose7 Sep 28, 2013 03:03 PM

              Several French acquaintances are going to taste of France. It should be worthwhile.

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                gargupie RE: kosmose7 Sep 28, 2013 07:34 PM

                Can I get the ticket on the spot? The Dumpling Festival was so crowded, lines were long...for reheated dumplings. And the Whole Foods staffs were certainly not too happy about the restroom usage.

                1. re: gargupie
                  kosmose7 RE: gargupie Sep 28, 2013 08:03 PM

                  You need to purchase "Marianne" tickets in order to buy food at 'Taste of France at Bryant Park'. "Marianne" is the currency used at the event and there are several "Marianne" sales counters on the spot. 1 "Marianne" = $1 and once you buy it, no refund.

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                  Ziggy41 RE: kosmose7 Sep 29, 2013 04:41 AM

                  Exactamundo! I did exactly the same thing with my 4th and final choice yesterday. I wish you would have posted earlier. Your basic dumplings and greasy empanadas. Nothing creative or expensive like the pastrami in smorgasberg because you pay for that ticket in advance
                  It was more about the dumpling eating competition than the actual food. A woman from Tennessee ate 90 beating all the men.

                  By the time we got to the French we weren't hungry since we went to MSE in between. Daleny's brisket tacos were fantastic. Now that's a food fair

                  1. re: Ziggy41
                    Ttrockwood RE: Ziggy41 Sep 29, 2013 02:26 PM

                    Oooh! I'm going to MSE tues pm-maybe i should start a new thread for everyone to post like/love/hate input......

            2. Monica RE: Monica Sep 29, 2013 02:42 PM

              Went to medieval festival at Cloisters and had smoked turkey legs instead.

              1. ipsedixit RE: Monica Sep 29, 2013 03:06 PM

                I enjoyed ToF. I think the side booths were more interesting than the main event, especially the cheesecake one.

                The perfect weather today probably made the event better than it would've been otherwise.

                The balloon was cool, however.

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