“5 Summer Cocktail Festivals You Can’t Miss”
“The cocktails made by expert mixologists will undoubtedly be exquisite, but it doesn’t end there.”
– Guest of a Guest
“Food, drink, art, and music collide when Secret Summer returns to Long Island City for its second year”
– Village Voice
“The secret is out, and next summer you won’t want to miss it.
Make sure to keep an eye out for Secret Summer next year.”
– Spoon University
“Secret Summer knows how to throw a party. The secret is out now on this one, but these folks always have something cool up their sleeves…stay tuned for next year.”
– Gab and Gobble
“The Secret Summer Party in New York City is one of the most entertaining and wondrous events that take place during the exceptionally warm days of August”
“Secret Summer returned for a 2nd year this past weekend and certainly came back with a bigger bang!!
– NYC GET SOCIAL
“New York City’s first and only farm-to-bar cocktail festival”
– Daily Meal
There’s no better way to close out the summer than with a party. In Long Island City, that’s just what happened — but with a more exclusive (and spirited) twist. Secret Summer is a popup event boasting farm-to-table food and cocktails. And today, we open the doors for you, our plus-one.
In this On Foodable Side Dish, brought to you by the Foodable WebTV Network, Foodable NYC video correspondent, Colleen Hagerty, is joined by mixologist Andrew Maturana, who explains the development of the event’s farm-to-bar beverage program and what in-season ingredients he is most excited about. On the other side of the plate, Chef Varon Barrio-Carrillo explains what’s being served food-wise, and why the New York dining scene is in need of more “local” flavor.
As summer wraps up, we reflect on the season’s benefits: barbecuing, dining al fresco (no matter what city you might find yourself in), cocktails on the patio, and summer festivals. The latter two were brought together at NYC’s Secret Summer event, a cocktail festival popup on Long Island.
But as it goes, some secrets aren’t meant to be kept, especially when they involve larger-than-life theatrics, live music, locally sourced food and farm-to-bar cocktails. Get a sneak peek in the video above as Foodable video correspondent Colleen Hagerty takes us into flavor euphoria.
Everyone loves a good party, but it’s even better when it’s full of surprises. It’s this spontaneity that made Secret Summer so charming and memorable. The whimsical garden cocktail party was held at The Foundry on Sunday, August 2nd, where guests wearing their summer best were mingling amidst mischievous performers breaking out into song and dance. At first glance, it seemed like any other summer soiree, but not everything was what it seemed, and while curiosity killed the cat, here it paid to open Pandora’s box.
On August 2nd, The Foundry in Long Island City was transformed for the Secret Summer NYC cocktail festival. Concocted by Rapt Affairs Boutique Events and Highlife Productions, the event made you feel like you had stumbled upon a hidden magical courtyard.
Fairies greeted you at the door, applied branded flash tattoos and escorted you inside the indoor/outdoor space. Additional characters that looked like they could have been from Neverland, danced among the crowd and others recited Shakespearean prose. Mini bottles of bubbles were handed out to attendees so they could add to the ambiance.
Sunday afternoon brought us a taste of what we love about summer. Between the beauty of the outdoors, refreshing cocktails, fresh food, a little theater and some good company, the only place to be absorbing all of this goodness was at the Foundry in Long Island City. Secret Summer is a brand new festival, designed to highlight the wonder of theatrical art as accompanied by class and style. The dress code was “Summer Chic,” so the outfits were light, fun, free and flowing, which fit right into the Midsummer Night’s Dream theme of the party. HighLife Productions, Rapt Affairs and The Foundry teamed up to create an absolutely unforgettable experience in the mystically decorated venue. Décor by Patina did a great job of adding culture and richness to the already alluring space.
What ever became of the garden party?
Lush greenery. White livery. A Bat-Signal to all attendees that “it is summer and these champagne coupes ain’t gonna empty themselves.”
Well it’s back, oh intrepid wearers of seersucker, at the first ever Secret Summer, a Gatsbian cocktail bacchanalia at the historic Foundry in Long Island City.
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What do you get when you combine Cinco de Mayo, OC friends and family, and the launch of our latest collection of Opening Ceremony x Teva sandals? A good time, obviously, and that’s just what happened last night at our 35 Howard Street store. Fresh off her OC-exclusive mixtape, Jubilee—along with friends Egg Foo Young and Dre Skull—provided the perfect soundtrack to the evening. The DJ was of course decked out in her own pair of Opening Ceremony x Teva Flatform Universal Sandals, stating, “I love them because they make me tall, I’m only 4’11”!”
The summery tunes were the perfect compliment to the margaritas, Tiger Beer, and La Newyorkina’s boozy popsicles being passed around the room. To soak up the tequila, Mission Cantina was also standing by with some spicy Mexican bites.
Navigating through the crowded room, we caught a glimpse of OC co-founder Humberto Leon and asked him his thoughts about the evening and his second round collaborating with Teva. “I’ve been the biggest supporter of Teva’s forever, so I’m super excited to have this second collection with them. After selling out online during the pre-order, we’re pumped for the full launch. As for the party, partnering with Mission Cantina on Cinco de Mayo is the perfect way to kick Summer off right.” We can’t help but agree.
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OUT ON A SCHOOL NIGHT, FOR BOOZE AND BRACELETS
Weather-wise, yesterday evening was kind of a lousy. But an excuse to celebrate MICA with good people and good food? We’re down.
After months of anticipation and early buzz, the long-awaited Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA bracelet is finally up for grabs. Last night, OC threw an intimate in-store event to get people up close and personal to the bracelets. When they weren’t busy testing out all of the features (email functions, Yelp reviews, and “smart” calendar alerts), guests were treated to the sweet sounds of Chairlift as Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly took over the tables.
Our favorite glam gals behind Naomi Nails polished off a few stylish manicures, perfect for showing off against the stem of a perfectly mixed, nutmeg cocktail. Another bang-up addition to the party was the serious nomming action, with pork belly buns from Momofuku and gold-leaf chocolate cookies from Milk Bar. “I came here for the cookies,” said one guest happily, and we know she was only half-kidding!
Even with all of the party offerings, the true highlight of the event was still the MICA bracelet making its grand debut, right in the thick of holiday season.
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