Great fewd selections from some of the most popular restaurants in NY + celebrity chefs + awesome music (the Roots on Saturday and Hall & Oates on Sunday) = GoogaMooga? At least that’s what was advertised. The tix were free, but people struggled to fight for them online. There was also the option of Extra Mooga, which cost $250. Those who paid the big bucks would be able to meet with celebrity chefs i.e. Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio.
This the very first Googa Mooga. While we had a pretty good time on Saturday, there were certainly elements of the festival that needed improvement.
We went on Saturday, May 18th, and were able to try a few stands until we got extremely full and dehydrated from the heavy fewds and the blaring sun. We drove to Brooklyn from Queens and parked 2 stations away since we figured it’d be extremely hard to find parking nearby. We continued on the F train and got off at the southwest corner of Prospect Park,followed the crowd (signage was non-existant) and walked about 10 mins until we hit the entrance of the festival. They checked our tickets and bags at the door but I want to mention that the website said no DSLR’s were allowed, but we saw quite a few people carrying big ass Nikons and Canons – why?
This was one of my favorites of all the Googa stands. The fat part was a little intimidating but this was packed with flavor. No sauce needed, just well-seasoned meat in a french roll. Yum! The restaurant only has 3.5 stars on Yelp though, I wonder why.
Our last post also featured Russ & Daughters. To see what the whole sandwich looks like, please check out our previous post.
The artery-bursting sandwich was the highlight of the day.
So this is what people have been complaining about the most – the LONG wait to get a drink (of any kind). While we were waiting in line for Luke’s lobster roll, our friend wanted to get some beers so we thought it’d be wise to split up and wait in different lines at the same time. Half an hour later he came back and, no beer! So apparently you need to get an “over 21 bracelet” which they check your ID and put a bracelet on you so you could buy alcohol. He had to wait for half hour just to get the bracelet and would need to stand in another line for drinks. But what is a foodie festival without getting drunk? He then left to get drinks while we were harassed by a guy that wanted to sell us lobster rolls for $30 a piece so we wouldn’t have to wait in line. A lobster roll scalper, are you effing kidding me?
10 mins later our friend texted us (there was terrible cell phone reception, except that some t-mobile and sprint users were able to get signal with some luck) saying there’s a woman just handing out bracelets near the drink stand. I headed over and got my bracelet from the woman (no line) and about 10 mins later CowCow came over and said they ran out of lobster rolls. Hence, we stood in line for 40 mins for nothing. We then waited in the beer line for another 10 mins until I got myself 2 Doc Pomus.
This was our first food festival, ever. And it was GoogaMooga’s first as well. Surely there was plenty of room for improvement, for example the long wait for drinks and that non-alcoholic drinks were at the same stations as the alcoholic ones. We didn’t even bother to get the GoogaMoola card which were to be used to get drinks from the beer and wine tents. Apparently the card system broke down at 2 or 3pm and they issued tickets for the beer and wine tents instead. Why not Cash? Why??? I later read on Facebook that they allowed cash for the Sunday event.
For the most part, we had fun. It was nice being able to try different fewds from so many vendors at one single event. Most of the fewd was pretty good and I didn’t regret getting any of them. Porchetta and M. Wells were my favorites. The weather was perfect, just wished there were more cold beverages available. We arrived at noon and left at 8pm. Went home, got on Facebook and read hateful and hilarious comments about how badly managed the event was. CowCow made a delicious clam pizza at 12am and we ate it all. The end.