Cook Out NYC & Kimchipalooza Recap

This past Saturday, I braved the brutal heat with my hubs and trekked over to Governor's Island for Cook Out NYC & Kimchipalooza! One look at all of the enticing images of food (below) and we didn't mind the heat so much.  It was a quick but scenic ride over to the island on the free ferry - with great views of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. 

It was my first time on the island and I hope to go back and explore when temperatures cool down a bit.  We walked past old buildings, grassy hills, and lots of people who were there not for the Cook Out but just for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

We arrived just before noon to beat the crowds - and were able to grab bite after bite of grilled goodness without waiting on many lines.  My favorite savory bite of the day was the pork belly topped with a sliver of sweet fig.  My plan was to write down the names of the purveyors and their dishes but unfortunately, many did not have signs. I guess I could have asked, but I was easily distracted by all the food!

At the center of it all, was Kimchipalooza sponsored by Mama O's Kimchi - offering various kimchi samples, kimchi tacos, and Mama O(h), herself cooking up kimchi pancakes.  Then, there was the grand finale - the ultimate super spicy kimchi eating contest.  I give major kudos to all of the participants as they downed jars of kimchi made with ghost pepper! The owner of Mama O's Kimchi, Kheedim Oh emcee'd the event and it was entertaining to say the least.  Congrats to the winner and all of the brave souls who participated in the contest.  

The day would not be complete without some cool sweets from vendors, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Wooly's Ice and Melt Bakery.  They were a welcome sight when my mouth was on fire from super spicy kimchi tacos!  

Thank you to Cook Out NYC, Food Karma Projects, Jimmy's No. 43, Mama O's Kimchi, Sixpoint Brewery, and all of the chefs, sponsors, and volunteers for such a well-organized and tasty event. 

A portion of the weekend's proceeds benefited charitable partners listed here

Disclosure: I was invited to the Cook Out NYC via my food-lovin' friend, Jackie and was provided a pair of complimentary VIP tix to attend the event. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.