Everyone can have fun at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival while discovering insights into the benefits of vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. Whether you have been embracing this lifestyle for years or are just now gathering information, you can always discover new aspects and creative recipes. The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is a two-day food event that features well-known chefs, consultants, food preparation producers and restaurant owners who present their knowledge in their particular areas of expertise. In addition to the speakers, there are classes for the body and mind and also activities for the kids. There are two stages to visit and plenty of vendors. You can eat free food samples and purchase meals. Kids ages 10 and under get in for free, and they will have fun with all the storytelling, arts and crafts, information stations and more.
There is usually a mix of keynote speakers, food presenters and exhibitors for each day of the festival. These presenters vary from year to year. For 2019, some of the keynote speakers included James Yurichuk, a former linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts and the co-founder of the wildlife protection Wuxly Movement; Kiki Adami, the founder of a hospitality consulting company called Veganizer; and Daniel Karsevar, a formally trained chef, former restaurateur, product development expert and CEO of PlantBased Solutions.
There are many professional culinary experts who offer demonstrations during the festival. For 2019, some of the demonstrators included Dalia, a celebrity chef, writer and speaker; Christine Wong, a certified health coach, Instagram influencer and creator of the Yommme art of mindful eating; and Chef Guy Vaknin, founder of the restaurant Beyond Sushi.
The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is located at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 125 W. 18th Street, between the areas of Midtown Manhattan and Greenwich Village.
New York City is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, and if you choose to use a rental RV to get around, you will be amazed at all the places you can visit while on the road. The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival takes place in Manhattan where there is no on-site RV camping. However, there are many campgrounds and parks both in and around New York City that have RV sites. You do need to consider how to best get from your RV park into Manhattan as the busy streets, overhead bridges, pedestrians and overall traffic congestion can be difficult to navigate in a big rig. New York City has excellent public transportation systems, so you can easily get into Manhattan using any combination of public and private transit.
Floyd Bennett Field - Floyd Bennett is a former airfield built in 1928 that is owned by the National Park Service, and many of the original buildings and sites are on the registry of historic sites. It is located in Brooklyn on Long Island and has easy public transit into Manhattan. There are 12 back-in or pull-through sites with no electricity or water. The RV sites are located on the Jamaica Bay area, and you can fish, kayak, bike and hike throughout the park. Swimming beaches are a short drive away at Gateway's Jacob Riis Park. An additional feature of the park is the Aviator Sports and Events Center, which is an ice skating rink and indoor sports complex housed in renovated hangars. Pets are allowed.
Nickerson Beach Campground - Nickerson Beach is another RV park located on Long Island and is ideally located next to the beach. This is a popular park with easy public transit access to Manhattan. There are 87 back-in or pull-through RV sites with full hookups and either 30- or 50-amp electricity. There are showers, and pets are allowed.
Wildwood State Park - This beautiful park is 600 acres of private space on Long Island. It is on the east side of the island and has a private beach. There are 80 back-in or pull-through sites that have full hookups and either 30- or 50-amp electricity, but an adapter is required. You will love the many nature trails, some of which traverse the bluffs overlooking the Sound, and there are many deer and other wildlife in the areas. There are showers, and pets are allowed.
This is Manhattan, so there are many places to rest your weary head. However, the prices can be high toward inner Manhattan. The farther out toward either the upper or lower sections you go, the less expensive the lodging will be. You can find various choices of bed-and-breakfast inns and hotels all throughout Manhattan and the other boroughs of New York City. If you are traveling in an RV, then there are multiple campgrounds and RV parks all around New York City.
It is very easy to get to the festival via the public transit systems. The No. 1 train to 18th Street is the closest subway station.
From the No. 1 train to 18th Street, you will walk east toward 125 West 18th Street. From the F or L train to 14th Street and 6th Avenue, you will walk north on 6th Avenue and then head west on 18th Street.
Other routes to take include:
• No. 2 and 3 train to 14th Street and 7th Ave.
• A/C/E train to 14th Street and 8th Ave
• 4/5/6/N/Q/R train to 14th Street (Union Square)
If you are coming from Long Island and Brooklyn, you will take the Long Island Expressway, LIE Route 495, to the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Go straight across 37th Street to 7th Avenue and turn left onto 7th Avenue. Continue onto 18th Street and turn left. Proceed to 125 West 18th Street.
From the George Washington Bridge, you will take the bridge to the Henry Hudson Parkway southbound. Continue to 26th Street and turn left on 26th Street. Continue down 26th Street to 7th Avenue and turn right. Proceed to 18th Street and turn left, and then proceed to 125 West 18th Street.
From the Lincoln Tunnel, you will drive to 34th Street and turn left. Proceed to 7th Avenue and turn right. Continue toward downtown by going south on 7th Avenue to 18th Street and turn left on 18th Street. Proceed to 125 West 18th Street.
There is plenty of parking in the area on these streets:
• 142 West 18th
• 152 West 18th
• 136 West 19th
• 124 West 20th
• 150 West 20th
• 122 West 21st
The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is a two-day event that takes place on Saturday and Sunday in May every year. As of 2020, general admission prices are available at the door for $40 plus tax. Discounted tickets for students, the military and senior citizens are available at $30 plus tax but require a valid ID to purchase. If you do not have a valid ID at the door for discounted tickets, then you will be charged the difference in price. Tickets at the door are based on the venue capacity, and preference goes to pre-sale ticket holders. Online sales of tickets will close at midnight the day before the event. There are no refunds or exchanges.
New York City is a city that never sleeps, and there is always something to see and do. If you are seeing the city and the state in your RV, you will love the ease with which you can stay at an RV park on Long Island or another nearby area and use the excellent public transit systems to get into the city. This lets you experience the best of both worlds. You are sure to be taking a lot of pictures while you are attending the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival and seeing all the other NYC sites. Send them all to [email protected] Your photos may even be added to RVshare's blog and social media for everyone to enjoy!
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