( ENSPIRE Events ) Toast of Brooklyn Food & Wine Festival Celebrate its 12-Year Anniversary
ENSPIRED Contributor: Manyah Seisay
The Toast of Brooklyn Food Wine Festival celebrated its 12th year anniversary this year at Brooklyn Navy Yard. The festival held up to its promise featuring a combination of global wines and spirits producers along with an array of exotic cuisines. The event was created by Edmon Braithwaite of Nostrand Wines. He began the celebration that he’d only previously seen in affluent places to bring the upscale lifestyle to Brooklyn’s cultured environment because he felt that the Brooklyn community deserved it. The quality and diversity of products available were absolutely wonderful to see, I guess that is why the festival has even become a tradition to many.
The venue remained crowded with people who had been coming for years, some even traveled from outside of New York to come to enjoy their Saturday evening. Space was large and extended out to a terrace, leaving guests with a view of the Brooklyn community. Vendors were spread around serving the taste buds of guests as each table offered either mouthwatering food decorated delightfully on plates or an abundance of nicely chilled drinks to sip on. Vibes were spinning the whole time by DJ Dylan Dili, also Dylan of Making the Band. He kept the music circumventing throughout the room as he played a variety of music genres such as Caribbean tunes, hip hop, Calypso, and some classics. The crowd not only sang along to the melody but joined the dance floor area to dance. The atmosphere was filled with laughter and great conversation as friends bonded and strangers mingled.
The Toast of Brooklyn seems to attract some of the best of everything food, drinks, and people. Although it serves to create a safe, fun, affluence environment, Mr. Braithwaite always gives back. This year the donations are supporting the Caribbean Islands due to the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. I left the event feeling as if I had one of the best times of my life but more importantly feeling very appreciative of the festival.