Seafood festival patrons scream ‘scam’ after disastrous event

Ticket holders say something fishy happened at the Hudson River Seafood Festival this weekend.

An event billed as “total seafood nirvana” is being criticized for its high prices and lack of food. The festival took place Saturday and Sunday at Riverfront Park in Beacon. Ticket holders hoping for “buckets of prawns” say they encountered impossibly long lines and not enough food for everyone.

Attendees who say they paid $115 for VIP tickets say they were forced to line up with everyone else for over an hour just to find the food had completely run out. Dozens of harsh reviews were posted on the event’s Facebook page over the weekend and later deleted, but that didn’t stop angry attendees from continuing to express their displeasure.

Attendee Joe Valtin said organizers “should be absolutely embarrassed and ashamed of the handling of this event”. Ed Thomas wrote that the festival has “serious balls saying it’s a ‘craft beer special’ worth $50 for a pewter mug and a long line.” The comment was followed by a photo of a hand-drawn menu showing five beers including Stella Artois and Bud Light, a Bud Light seltzer and a cider. Many who bought the extra ticket say they never even received the promised commemorative cup.

Ginny McConnell called the event “horrible”. She says she bought tickets knowing she would also have to buy food, but was disappointed when she arrived at 3 p.m. and was told the seafood was completely sold out. exhausted.

The event’s Facebook page promised “15 food trucks with the best seafood, barbecue, vegan and gluten-free options,” but customers say that’s not what was on offer. A Facebook group was created over the weekend titled “Scammers Exposed: Food Festivals and Eventsto shine the spotlight on what members say is a complete “scam”.

The page is loaded with complaints about the organizers, BAP Events, and their handling of the event this weekend. Screenshots of private messages to the business show replies saying the problems are blamed on a catering company that “dropped the ball” and arrived 90 minutes late. Customers say that even though the vendor was late, that still doesn’t explain the lack of staff or the food running out so quickly.

Angelo Notaro, CEO of BAP Marketing Strategies did not immediately respond to our request for a statement on the event.

Jackie Corley, Hudson Valley Townsquare Media

Jackie Corley, Hudson Valley Townsquare Media

Organizers of other events in the Hudson Valley hope that bad experiences like the one that happened at the Hudson River Seafood Festival won’t turn people away from the many well-organized festivals and food events that take place each year in the Hudson Valley. region.

Next month, the Hudson River Craft Beer Festival will take place at Riverfront Park in Beacon. This annual festival has been named one of the best beer festivals in the Hudson Valley, with over 200 beers available from 100 breweries. We’re told the event (hosted by Townsquare Media, owners of this website) will be fully staffed to ensure the safety and comfort of all attendees. There will also be plenty of beer on hand for ticket holders and VIP ticket holders will have exclusive access to the festival for one hour before the gate officially opens. More details on the planning and organization of this event can be found at HRCBF.com.

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