A Bite-Sized Bacchanal

Taste of Tribeca, the annual food-fest that benefits P.S. 234 and P.S. 150, will celebrate its 23rd anniversary tomorrow Saturday (May 20) with delectables from more than 65 local restaurants, including seven (Bubby’s Tribeca, Bouley, Duane Park Patisserie, Gigino Trattoria, The Odeon, Tribeca Grill, and Walker’s) that have participated every year since 1994. Among the culinary draws will be gourmand favorites such as Bouley, Brushstroke, Scalini Fedeli, and Takahachi.

Back for the third consecutive year is the popular Beer and Cider Tour of Tribeca, offering beers and ciders sourced from New York breweries. Hosted by seven local pubs and restaurants (including Church Publick, Reade Street Pub and Woodrow’s), the tour will sample artisanal and craft libations from 17 New York breweries and cider houses, among them Sixpoint Brewery and Original Sin Cider. There will also be a wine tour, hosted by Chambers Street Wines, Frankly Wines, and Tribeca Wine Merchants.

Food tickets (called “Tasting Cards”) are priced at $45 if purchased in advance (at TasteofTribeca.com) or $55 on the day of the event, and provide six tastes from any of the participating restaurants. Those wishing to support the schools (where arts and enrichment programs are funded largely with proceeds from Taste of Tribeca) at a higher level can purchase premium reserved seating, priced at $700 for a table of four and $1000 for a table of six, which includes food tickets for each seat at the table. Premium seating also includes table service by personal food runners, staffed by student volunteers from local high schools, plus a designer t-shirt and gift bag from Taste of Tribeca sponsors for each guest at the table.

New to this year’s festival is a raffle for the chance to win a brand new 2015 Vespa Sprint 50 scooter, courtesy of Vespa Manhattan.

Also new is a series of interactive pasta-making stations for kids, led by chefs from Eataly NYC Downtown, where children will learn to make pasta dough, fill ravioli, and cut pasta by hand.

And guests are encouraged to bring children, for family-friendly fun in the SportsZone (presented by Manhattan Youth); the KidZone featuring performances by Loonie Lenny; and STEM activities led by Pixel Academy. Also on tap: live entertainment by Cynthia Sayer, the Tribattery Pops, and young musicians from the Church Street School for Music and Art.

Taste of Tribeca will be held tomorrow (Saturday, May 20) on Duane Street, between Hudson and Greenwich Streets, from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, please browse TasteofTribeca.com.

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