On August 2nd, The Foundry in Long Island City was transformed for the Secret Summer NYC cocktail festival. Concocted by Rapt Affairs Boutique Events and Highlife Productions, the event made you feel like you had stumbled upon a hidden magical courtyard.
Fairies greeted you at the door, applied branded flash tattoos and escorted you inside the indoor/outdoor space. Additional characters that looked like they could have been from Neverland, danced among the crowd and others recited Shakespearean prose. Mini bottles of bubbles were handed out to attendees so they could add to the ambiance.
Inside, spirits like Queens Courage Gin, Herradura Tequila, Stolichnaya Vodka, and more all had their own bar with signature cocktails. Around every corner was another decorated room discover, another cocktail to try, and another character to run into, as music from a jazz ensemble floating through the space.
Outside, chefs grilled fresh vegetables and meats that were seasoned perfectly, and The Morris Truck, Van Leeuwen food and dessert trucks offered up decadent treats. Rekorderlig offered up a recreational game that worked like a life-sized beer pong.
The VIP tent has attendees sipping Perrier-Jouet with oysters and a photo booth to commemorate the experience nearby.
This whimsical night was a one-of-a-kind experience that I hope will become a yearly tradition for summer events in Queens.
– Stephanie Carino
Photos by Germaine Persinger and by Socially Superlative