When I moved to NYC last year, I was looking around for volunteering work simply because I just enjoy it. I don’t remember how I came across TASTE WG but I didn’t make it last year so this year, when I received the email, I immediately signed up for it. The cheap side of me is going to admit, I did it also because volunteers get a free ticket and you can eat as much as you can! Therefore, I’m going to share my experience as a volunteer for the first time in NYC!

My Amazing Experience As A Volunteer For Taste WG NYC

The things I do for free food:
  • Getting out of bed at 6am on a Sunday – I signed up for the morning shift
  • Finally stepping foot into Greenpoint – I live in Queens so I rarely go to Brooklyn…
  • Heavy lifting – Yea, I can handle that
volunteer at taste wg nyc
Before the crowd arrived

Morning shift volunteer

The morning shift is from 830am to 1pm. It takes me an hour to travel to Greenpoint, Brooklyn from Queens. Having to get out of bed at 6am on a Sunday is tough but I managed. I started work once I reached and it was hard work. Literally. There were lots of lifting, putting tables together, more lifting, distributing plastic cutlery. There may be more, I’m tired just thinking of what I did. I was working so hard I didn’t get to take (many) photos of my hard work – putting together bar tables.

volunteer at taste wg nyc
Lifting boxes!

The event started at about 11am-12pm, we actually spent 3 hours just setting the place up! Once it’s up and running, it’s our turn to relax and eat. Eat everything I have set my eyes on. There was so much food, ranging from oysters to pasta to doughnuts and ice cream sandwich. You can find Kombucha and alcohol too. Wine and food, it’s perfect!

wine and food
I helped set this up!
First stop, oysters
Mexican food – Zona Rosa Brooklyn
mexican food taste wg nyc
Greenpoint Beer but no beer on the table…

greenpoint beer taste wg nyc

Cheese is next!
cheeseboat taste wg nyc
I really wanted a third piece…
And for dessert,
scoops in cahoots taste wg nyc

Scoops in Cahoots tasted so good! I don’t think they have a store in NYC but I found out that they’ll be at a couple of events the next month – check them out here. On Oct 28, they’ll be at the “Damn, Gina!” pop up, which sounds really interesting! I might just check it out!

I hope nobody hates
Coolhaus ice cream sandwich taste wg nyc
And finally, for a hot sunny day, one needs a cool drink

The reason why I chose the morning shift was so that after stuffing myself for 2 hours with all the food, I can lie on the grass and enjoy the sun (and take a nap).

volunteer at taste wg nyc

Before I knew it, the sun was setting and it was beautiful!

sunset volunteer taste wg myc

This is my first time volunteering at a food fair in New York City and it’s such a great experience! I’d definitely want to volunteer again next year, hopefully, there’ll be more vendors and different food for everyone to try (:

Tickets this year were about $30. It was up to $85 for a late ticket. Honestly, I don’t know whether it’s worth paying close to $100 for a food fair but if you’re like me, you can volunteer and work for a few hours for the food. Yummy, delicious food.

This is my experience as a volunteer for Taste WG NYC

And it was so fun! Especially after my shift, I got to lie on the grass after filling my tummy and enjoy the sunset later.


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