The World’s Fare returns to Citi Field next spring and figures to attract thousands of local foodies eager to try curated bites from across the globe.
Tickets are now available for the May 18-19 festival. Inspired by the 1964-65 World’s Fair — held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, in the shadow of Shea Stadium, Citi Field’s predecessor — the World’s Fare gives attendees access to food, drink, music, and entertainment and is curated by leading chefs, food journalists, bloggers, and social media influencers.
“It was a massive success last year with over 10,000 people attending,” said Josh Schneps, one of the organizers of the event. “The foundation of the event is around food and drink. This year we are going to be adding new experiences and family-friendly activities for kids.”
Schneps is publisher of Schneps Media, the parent company of Gay City News.
The World’s Fare will feature up to 100 different vendors celebrating diversity in the food industry plus more than 50 global craft beers and international cocktail bars as well.
“The whole intention of the event is to embrace the diversity of New York City and Queens in particular as it is the most diverse of all the boroughs,” Schneps said. “Everybody has a shared love of food and drink, so it’s a great way for people to come together through that.”
A taste of some of the returning vendors for this year are Empanada Papa, Arepa Lady, Dua Diva, Nacho Libre, Knot Of This World, Baba’s Pierogie, In Patella, Home Frite, D’Abruzzo, Danny Macaroons, and Vaccaro’s Bakery.
General admission tickets are on sale now for $19, and will rise to $29 in January, $39 in March, and $45 in April.
A pass currently priced at $49 offers general admission along with a free mug to taste 12 different kinds of beer plus one specialty cocktail. That pass increases to $55 in January, $59 in March, and $69 in April.
Tickets for children are currently priced at $5 and will increase to $10 in the New Year.
VIP tickets — offering access to a lounge with unlimited select beer tastings, including 16 tastings from the beer garden, a free souvenir mug, and two specialty cocktails — cost $199.
Food is an additional charge with any ticket.
The World’s Fare will occupy the Citi Field parking lot, and is accessible by the nearby 7 train at the Mets-Willets Point station. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit theworldsfare.nyc.