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Questlove and Dominique Ansel Kick Off This Year’s Taste Talks in Williamsburg


In what’s turning out to be a double whammy of a weekend for food lovers in North Brooklyn, Taste Talks Brooklyn, the annual food festival with an emphasis on food innovation is returning to North Brooklyn this year over the same weekend as Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint.

More than 3,000 people turned out to last year’s event in Williamsburg. This year marks the third round for the festival, which has grown in attendance, along with the number of guest speakers and chefs giving lectures and food demonstrations.

Held at various locations throughout Williamsburg between September 11-13, the event will kick-off this year with a dessert party on the rooftop of the McCarren Hotel, co-hosted by musician Questlove, and pastry chef and Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel, where the former will DJ and the latter will cook up a storm.

“Taste Talks aims to bring together food and culture trendsetters for conversations about the future of taste – that means culinary artists, brewmasters, musicians, journalists, makers and innovators and we’re doing more of that this year than ever before,” said Daniel Stedman, the founder of the festival, and the co-founder of the Northside Media Group. “We’re excited to have Questlove, who is at the forefront of music and food to advise on the talent, topics and events to make it the best festival yet!”

The weekend long festivities are choc-a-bloc full of panel discussions, workshops, and tastings with some highlights including the two-day long Food Future Expo being hosted by Colossal Media presenting people with the latest in food, technology, and innovation including a new social platform, Kakaxi, that directly connects farmers with consumers, and an app, ingredient 1, that lets customers sort food products based on dietary restrictions.

Taste Talks Brooklyn, September 11-13, Various locations in Williamsburg, for more information on schedule, and to purchase tickets visit

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