By Paula Katinas
Food, food, and more food will be there for the tasting at Brooklyn Eats, a foodie lover’s event sponsored by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber announced that Brooklyn Eats will take place June 26 at 630 Flushing Ave. in South Williamsburg. Hundreds of vendors are expected to take part in the event.
But the event will have something of a different taste this year, according to Chamber President Carlo Scissura.
Originally a restaurant food-tasting event, Brooklyn Eats is being re-launched this year as a trade show for food manufacturers and suppliers.
The chamber called it “the borough's first Fancy Food-style trade show.” The idea behind the trade show is to support food makers in Brooklyn, Scissura said.
The chamber is also looking to create a Brooklyn-wide community of food producers, he said.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses that make something in Brooklyn to participate and showcase themselves to a larger audience," Scissura said.
"It is also a chance for restaurants in the borough, and across New York City and the region, to see, and ultimately buy, products that are made in Brooklyn. We all know that the Brooklyn brand is very hot at the moment and we want everyone to know about it!" Scissura said.
Brooklyn Eats began in 1997 as a showcase for 20 borough-based restaurants. By 2004, the event grew to feature 68 Brooklyn restaurants offering tastes of their signature dishes.
To help build momentum for the June 26 event, the chamber has set up a new logo and website, where food vendors can download an application form to take part in the trade show.
The chamber is seeking vendors from all over the borough to be a part of Brooklyn Eats. Vendors must be based in Brooklyn and be involved in packaging and distributing at least one food product made in Brooklyn.
In addition, Scissura said the chamber is also looking forward to welcoming buyers, restaurant/hospitality company representatives, and consumers to the event.
The manager of Tanoreen, a restaurant at 7523 Third Ave. in Bay Ridge that serves Middle Eastern cuisine, said Brooklyn Eats sounded interesting. “I’d like to learn more about it,” she said.
Brookyn Eats will be an all-day event. Following the trade show, a celebration will take place in a loft.
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is New York City's largest chamber with over 1,100 members. It was established in 1918 with a goal of supporting and advocating for its member businesses.