Do you say “bacon, egg and cheese” as one word? Does your morning consist of waiting in wrapping lines as the wafting smell of baking bread wakes you up? Do refrigerated glass cases of endless varieties of schmear make your mouth water? If you answered yes, then you are the perfect demographic to attend the third annual Brooklyn BagelFest.
Join the celebration of “New York’s most beloved carbohydrate,” on Sept. 17-18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn.
BagelFest is a celebration of the iconic food and all that it represents for New York. The unique event aims to highlight proprietors, industry professionals and bagel enthusiasts. Bagel-themed food and drink, a photobooth, yard games, competition and engaging interaction with the community are all on display beginning Saturday, Sept. 17.
“Bagels are constantly celebrated, tasted, and debated by discerning foodies in cities everywhere. Our platforms – BagelFest, NYC Bagel Tours and Bagel Buzz – capture this cultural and foodie obsession,” said Sam Silverman, Brooklyn BagelFest founder and CEO.
At this year’s BagelFest, you’ll hear from speakers and attend a presentation by BYOB Bagels’ Beth George, an international bagel consultant and be able to participate in a hands-on demonstration with Williamsburg-based Edith’s owner Elyssa Heller. Children can listen to author Rachel Tiechmen read “B is For Bagel,” and those who swing by can eat, drink and vote in the “Best Bagel of NYC” contest.
Guests will be able to enjoy exclusive-to-Bagelfest delights like bagel-shaped and liquor-infused coffee cake balls from Twisted Truffles, blueberry french toast bagel sour ale from Evil Twin Brewing and more. Pair your bagel-of-choice with Acme Smoked Fish, Banner Smoked Fish, Counter Culture Coffee, Mike’s Hot Honey, Topo Chico, or choose from a variety of many other options.
Previous “Best Bagel” award winner, PopUp Bagels, is looking to continue their streak, but the competition is extreme with businesses like Ess-a-Bagel, Utopia Bagels and Bagel Boss. New vendors are also looking to make their bagel’s known, including local shops like Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys and international up-and-comers like Rhodo Bagels from Lisbon, Portugal.
“Food tells a story about a place and its people — for decades, bagels have been an important part of the NYC foodie culture and small business story. It’s about time we celebrate them!” said Randy Peers, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and one of this year’s judges.
Over 1,600 people attended the 2021 Brooklyn BagelFest and this year tickets are limited to a 500 attendee cap per session. General Admission tickets start at $49 and are good for entrance to one of three sessions: 9:30 a.m – 11:30 p.m., 12 – 2 p.m., or 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. VIP tickets are $99 and are good for entrance to any session throughout the weekend, two drink tickets, and a special gift bag from BagelFest’s sponsors. Attendees age 21 and older can enjoy a cash bar.
To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.