Going on September 13th & 14th: Exquisite and Upscale, With A Community Development Edge
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Nelson Mandela will honored at the “2013 Toast of Brooklyn -- Wine and Food Festival” VIP Reception that will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 and at the festival itself on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The festival will be held outdoors at Bed-Stuy Restoration’s West Plaza Courtyard 1368 Fulton St. It will be presented by the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District (The BID) and The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC).
The purpose of the festival is to feature fine wine and spirit companies, specialty restaurants and some of the the best talent in Brooklyn. The festival was created as a “Toast to Bed-Stuy” in 2009. This year’s event embraces all of Brooklyn and is expected to host over 3,500 participants.
In partnership with iSee Promotions LLC, more than 50 wines and culinary chefs and experts will participate.
The festival will kick off with a VIP reception honoring Nelson Mandela for his humanitarianism and social activism. House of Mandela Wines, represented by his daughter Dr. Makaziwe Mandela and granddaughter Tukwini Mandela, will receive the award on his behalf. A number of local leaders will also be recognized for their commitment to the community and specifically the Bed-Stuy BID.
Patrons will also be able to ppreciate the amazing artwork of Brooklyn's own internationally renowned artist, Danny Simmons. Simmons is the brother of Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons. Admission tickets for both days, including this exclusive Friday VIP Reception, are $75.
The Saturday festival will include wine and food tastings, cooking demonstrations and live music featuring jazz, soul, and other genres from a variety of artists. Arts and crafts from local artists will also be available.
“We bring sophisticated events to our community to show what we have to offer in our neighborhood back yard. When we have organized this event in the past, it was very successful and this year we are engaging more companies and expecting a larger crowd,” said Edmon Braithwaite, founder of 2013 Toast of Brooklyn and owner of Nostrand Wines and Liquors.
The festival also provides an opportunity for companies and corporations to give back to the community. In the past, the festival raised $23,000 to give scholarships to underprivileged youth in Bed-Stuy.