Join Us for the 2021 Taste of Sunnyside Restaurant Crawl

After a year’s hiatus imposed by the COVID-19 crisis, one of Sunnyside’s favorite annual traditions is returning as a re-vamped restaurant crawl. The Taste of Sunnyside, after 9 years as a congregate food festival, has been re-invented as an open-air, door-to-door Restaurant Crawl to take place Sunday, October 3rd from 2-7 p.m.

The 2021 Taste of Sunnyside will showcase the diverse flavors of Sunnyside, Queens. With a wide variety of food, beer & wine offerings, and live entertainment, the Taste of Sunnyside is back and better than ever, while celebrating the resilience of this unique neighborhood.

Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District produces the event annually to showcase the neighborhood as a dining destination, and to encourage locals and visitors to discover local restaurants. With the cumulative effects of the COVID crisis on the restaurant industry along with the disruption and damage caused to many businesses by Hurricane Ida, the Taste of Sunnyside aims to help stimulate support and a strong comeback for neighborhood food and beverage businesses.

The ticket provides all-inclusive access to the event’s offerings. Attendees will check in for the event at Lowery Plaza, at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, under the elevated 7 train, and from there can follow recommended routes on our event map to try each ‘taste’ on the crawl. Attendees will be given a wristlet to get samples from participating venues A live DJ will be onsite throughout the day at Lowery Plaza along with a event-themed photo booth for attendees. Several trollies will be available for those who would like transportation along the event route. VIP tickets allow for early admission, a dedicated trolley, and a ‘no wait’ line at every stop, and sell for $75. General admission tickets allow for entry starting at 3 pm and are $50. In previous years, tickets have consistently sold out in advance, so attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets well in advance. To ensure maximum safety, the organizers at Sunnyside Shines are requiring that attendees show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon event check-in.

VIP Admission ticket holders will have exclusive access to 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm starting times. They will also have access to “Fast Pass” designated access at tour stops.

Please note that this event is open only to those who can show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or documentation of a medical exemption. Documentation is required at point of ticket check-in, no exceptions.

PARTICIPATING FOOD AND BEVERAGE SPONSORS: Our list of participating venues is growing and currently includes (list updated daily):

43 Bar & Grill (Home of the Atomic Wings!) • Alewife Brewing Company • Ariyoshi (Japanese) • Arriba Arriba (Mexican) • Austin East CidersBig aLICe BrewingBig Shane’s Ice Cream (Ice Cream!) • Bliss 46 Bistro (French) • The Boiis (Mochi Creations) • Cakes by ClaireCaribbean Cuisine (Jerk Chicken and Caribbean Faves) • Chakra Cafe (Cafe Eats with Turkish Flare) • The Courtyard BarDazies Restaurant (Italian) • Firefly Petite Bistro & Cafe (Latin American & Southern European) • The Globe TavernThe GOAT BarJack’s Fire Department (American) • La Adelita de Woodside (Mexican) • Maggie Mae’s BarMangal Kebab (Turkish) • Rincon Melania (Edcuadorian)• Riko Peruvian (Peruvian) • Sanger Hall (American)• Senso Unico (Italian) • Single Cut BeersmithsSoleLuna (Italian) • Sotto le Stelle (Neopolitan Pizza) • Sweet Avenue (taproom devoted to local brews) • Takesushi (Japanese) • The Lowery Bar & Kitchen (Irish American Pub) • Tito Rad’s (Filipino)

DRINK: Guests 21 and over may sample alcoholic beverages. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided.

Live DJ music entertainment will be provided in Lowery Plaza along with a fun Taste of Sunnyside Photobooth!

If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact Sunnyside Shines at info@sunnysideshines.org or 718-606-1800.

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