Governor’s Island Summer 2012 Events

Food Karma Projects · Summer 2012 Events

Governor's Island Summer 2012 Kicks Off With 5-Boro PicNYC, Sees Return Of Cook-Out NYC, Pig Island

Governors Island event producer Food Karma Projects is announcing the summer cook-out events for 2012, including the return of Cook-Out NYC and Pig Island and introducing a new event, 5-Boro PicNYC. All three events feature:

  • Great craft beer by local breweries including Six Point; • Chefs creating local meat and vegetarian dishes, along with eating competitions and food demos;
  • Family-friendly features, including free ferry rides between Governors Island and Manhattan or Brooklyn;
  • New addition: a stage with live music by local bands, playing American Blues/Bluegrass and other styles with a special "Chefs' Band" for Pig Island;
  • Community and charity partners who benefit from proceeds;
  • Destination-worthy events that you'll be talking about all summer long!

Summer officially begins Memorial Day weekend with the inaugural 5 Boro PicNYC, May 26 and 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This American-style picnic features burgers & dogs, tacos, salads (potato, chicken), BBQ, snack foods, shaved ice, ice cream, and homemade pies all created by select chefs from the "5 Boros." Food events include a taco challenge, Hot Sauce Derby, and grilled cheese cook-off. This year's community/charitable partners for 5 Boro PicNYC include City Harvest, Earth Matter, Kingsboro Community College, and Teen Battle Chef. Tickets go on sale mid-April, with more information at

Even more exciting news is that last year's Cook-Out NYC (TM)—the event Metromix labeled, "Hands down, Governors Island's best-run food event."—will extend to two days this year, July 7th-8th from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days). The ultimate outdoor cooking and country fair event will help benefit Just Food's Farm School and City Harvest, with a return of Kimchipalooza, the second annual kimchi-eating contest. Details will be available at

Finally, close out summer with the return of Pig Island on Saturday, September 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. As always, the event focuses on local farmers, chefs, brewers and vintners, bringing the best of New York State to New York City. This year's Pig Island benefits Food Systems Network NYC and City Harvest. Details to follow at

Food Karma Projects is a creative producer of food and media events throughout the New York area. Created by Jimmy Carbone—a NYC-based restaurateur and dedicated social entrepreneur—Food Karma Projects is dedicated to community building by creating unique events that showcase the best local food, chefs, beer and wine, and create a social impact that benefits worthy non-profit groups. 

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