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BrunchCon NYC brings New Yorkers out to celebrate their favorite meal

The convention featured samples from 30-plus brunch spots.

Brunch fans had access to an open mimosa

Brunch fans had access to an open mimosa bar at the convention. Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner

Last year's long lines and negative reviews aren't deterring a brunch-themed food and beverage festival from making its way back to Brooklyn.

After rolling through California, Washington, D.C. and Texas, BrunchCon returned to New York City Sunday with samples from 30-plus brunch spots.

Organizers switched up the event location after receiving critical feedback about long wait times and a layout participants found frustrating to navigate at Grand Prospect Hall in South Slope.

"Feels like we just crawled out of a washing machine full of garbage, guacamole and 5,000 people," one attendee commented on Twitter, calling the event the "biggest con ever."

BrunchCon blamed its organizational issues on the size and design of its original venue, opting this year for a 68,000-square-foot, open event space at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Expo Center.

The festival had an open bar of mimosas and Bloody Marys, photo booths, a market where you can buy brunch-related gear, games such as mimosa pong and giant Jenga, music videos projected on to a large screen and a "Museum of Brunch."

According to the organizers, restaurants selected from a large pool of applicants include Lebanese flatbread specialist Manousheh, Williamsburg restaurant and cocktail bar Midnights, custom cake caterer De L'Or Cakery, British gastropub Black Swan and Brooklyn Baked and Fried.


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