NYC Pizza Festival Turns Into Fyre Festival-Like Scam, Customers Say

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Problems may only just be starting for the organizers of this past weekend's New York City Pizza Festival, an event failure of Fyre proportions that enraged attendees by charging as much as $75 for access to a couple of tents, a DJ, "about 5 pies cut into micro slices", and "warm red wine that tasted like ass". "They're small, tiny little slivers of pizza".

Attendees created a Facebook group called "Pizza Festival Scam Victims", where attendees commiserated about their experience.

You would think that New York City is the one place pizza fans can depend on to deliver the goods.

Hungry pizza lovers, some of whom spent $75 each to attend the New York City Pizza Festival, are demanding refunds for what they're calling a "total scam" that had them waiting over an hour to enter a "shady parking lot" for empty tents and barely any food.

Whether it be pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, sausage, black olives, bacon, green peppers, extra cheese, plain or even experimental combos, there will be pizza for taste buds of all types!

The night before the dreaded event, organisers took to the event's Facebook page to explain that they'd been hit with "an incredible amount of delays" in pizza deliveries and asked potential attendees not to come.

A day after the NY Attorney General's office opened an inquiry into the Pizza (and Hamburger) Festival fiasco that attendees likened to Fyre Festival, disappointed attendees may have restitution on the horizon. "Fresh, diverse, and delicious pizza was supposed to be delivered every 30 minutes", they wrote by 7 p.m. on Saturday.

"The organizers should be held accountable", they said.

It said a "make-up tasting" will be done shortly.

"These people need to be sued", another said. And there's a familiar name attached to Saturday's widely panned event: the organizer is allegedly one Ishmael Osekre, the man behind last summer's "EPIC DISASTER" African Food Festival. On the Facebook event page, however, he blamed event producer Hangry Garden for delaying the start of the event.

"We chose to do both on the same weekend 'cause of last week's flooding in Houston and just the rains and everything", Osekre explained in a call to Metro last week after not replying to e-mailed requests for a full vendor list in the past two weeks.

Organizers for the event responded to the backlash by posting an explanation on Facebook.

When Business Insider reached out to Aputumpu for comment, we received an automated response: "Untimely delivery of food delayed the fun experiences we all looked forward to this past weekend. We appreciate your patience".

But Hangry Garden co-founder Jeremy Asgari told the Gothamist that his job was to provide furniture and games for the festival. "We respect their right to make claims, sometimes as clickbaits, but we also believe in the hardworking pizzerias in Brooklyn and we did not feel it was right to simply blame them or supporting partners for issues that impacted the event negatively", Osekre said in the Facebook post.



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