When I read about Pig Island, I knew it was meant to be. A food event on an island in NYC (that I had never been to) dedicated to pork? I am IN! And then Thrillist came out with a deal for all you can eat and drink for $45, including a special “Thrillist Only” line at the beer stands. It was kismet.
I had heard some horror stories about food events on Governor’s Island (long waits for the ferry, long lines for the food, crowded space, etc.) but I was willing to risk it. We showed up early and took the ferry that left at 11am (it opened at 11:30). Turns out, the ferry is about 4 minutes long. And a beautiful view. And free. Why have I not done this before?
I went with Mike and Lori (of StuffIAte) and we walked around a bit downtown (it was the day before the 9/11 10 year anniversary) before heading to the ferry. We waited to get in until 11:30 and were let it on the Thrillist line before everyone else.
Turns out, the event was just about perfect. It also helped that it was a beautiful day. We ate and drank our way to absolute happy exhaustion. I was insanely happy that we got there early because the food literally ran out by 2pm. There were only a few places with long lines (and just my luck, the one long line we waited on assured me there were no peppers and then I wound up with blisters… lovely… but luckily it was at the very end of the day). We had some great food and beer throughout the day, and it all blended together into a blissful day. Here is the gallery of photos (WARNING: If you do not like to see food as it was originally, AKA a pig’s head on a stake, you may want to skip this gallery to the bottom to see some pictures of Governor’s Island).
I actually cannot believe that I had never been to Governor’s Island. It was beautiful and I want to go back, rent some bikes, and explore. We happened to be there on September 10th, 2011, the day before the 10 year anniversary of the attack. It was a solemn area to be in, but I couldn’t help but feel very happy to look back on my home and see how beautiful it looked that day.
And it just happened that there were amazing streams of light shining down on our perfect view of Lady Liberty as we left on the ferry.
And a beautiful old sailboat.
Can’t wait to go back!