5 Boro PicNYC

Posted May 27, 2021

Yup, Memorial Day Weekend is upon us...the official beginning of summer in the city. And this year we're really back.


This Saturday, the 29th, from noon to 4 p.m., head over to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, an 83-acre outdoor venue in Staten Island, for the 5 Boro PicNYC.  (I know, I know. It feels like a long way off but it's really just a cool ferry ride away...getting there is half the fun.)

So what can you expect? Ribs, ribs and more ribs, plus vegetarian dishes for our meat-adverse friends, like a grilled carrot hot dog with all the fixings. The event will feature produce grown on-site and feature top chefs from around the country. A Rib King NYC competition will take place, featuring pros like Juicy Lucy, Mable's Smokehouse, Big Papa Smoke'm and Brothers Smokehouse, all from the tri-state area. 

Sauces will be available to sample and purchase including Hell's Kitchen Hot Sauce, Coney Island Saucery and BBQ Buddha. (Sadly, Ronnie's famous sauce will not be featured--you have to come to our hotel and maybe he'll bring you a sample!) Local beer and hard cider will also be available, because a girl's gotta drink, doesn't she?

General admission is $55 and includes an all-inclusive food and drink ticket. $85 will up you to VIP status with early entry to meet the chefs and makers and take home a festival t-shirt. Fancy-pants VIP tables ($1250) include eight VIP tickets and designated seating along with the t-shirts. Kids 12 and under are free!

The event will happen rain or shine and yes, masks and social distancing are required.

So bring along a picnic blanket and get ready to chow down and kick off the summer with a bang!

Image via Hils Jakison/Flickr