Local foodies attending a pizza festival in Brooklyn over the weekend were left with a bad taste in their mouths after shelling out big bucks for "tiny little slivers of pizza" - which were "cold and tasted terrible", according to patrons.
"It was like the people from Fyre Festival made a decision to throw a pizza party", attendee Connell Burke told Gothamist, referring to the heavily promoted, disastrous music festival that landed its promoter in jail in NY earlier this summer.
"It was like the people from Fyre Festival chose to throw a pizza party", he said, referring to a so-called luxury festival in the Bahamas that advertised pop stars and supermodels, but instead featured diaster-relief tents and slices of cheese.
"It was my girlfriend's birthday so I got the VIP tickets, so I spent $150 total for the two tickets", he said.
The event, which took place in a parking lot in Bushwick, was thrown by Ishmael Osekre, whose African Food Festival was another reportedly disastrous event.
That event was postponed at the last minute by a week and moved to the same date at the Pizza Festival - which is not something any properly organized event can do, given that rentals, staff and food should all have been arranged for the original date. A make-up tasting will be announced shortly.
In response to the outrage, festival organizers posted a statement on Facebook, saying: "Hi guys, we've been hit by an incredible amount of delays in pizza delivery. 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.
"The organizers should be held accountable", they said.
For those who stuck it out, eventually slivers of a handful of pizzas and "warm red wine that tasted like ass" were distributed.
But others weren't shy at pointing out that they could have got perfectly good pizza anywhere in the city.
"We were hired as a vendor for our furniture and games".
So people paid out $75 (£56 - there's your first mistake) to go to an "unlimited pizza samples" event, complete with drinks and entertainment. Both events promised 30-plus vendors, but neither listed a single one by name beforehand. Some attendees say the seller sent them an email apologizing "for this poorly planned event", and has posted credit back to their accounts.
"Organizers should be charged with fraud", one guest wrote on Facebook at the time.