Last week, Governor’s Island was transformed into a lavish rosé themed picnic and music festival with the debut of Pinknic. Created by the founders of La Nuit en Rosé – the world’s first festival dedicated to rosé wine. The highly anticipated event treated guests to exclusive rosé wine offerings from Château d’Esclans, Veuve Clicquot and Chandon, custom picnic baskets designed by Chef Chris Santos, thousands of specially designed outdoor blankets and performances by celebrated international and local musicians.
“This year, we wanted to combine our love of food, music and, of course, wine to create the ultimate rosé experience,” shared Pierrick Bouquet, co-founder of Pinknic and founder of La Nuit en Rosé. “Rosé is not just wine, it’s an experience and a lifestyle. With Pinknic we will show the many occasions and moments that are perfect for enjoying rosé wine. It is wine to be enjoyed with friends, it’s easy to pair with a variety of foods, and is the perfect complement to any summer gathering.”
Pinknic allowed New Yorkers the opportunity to escape the streets of Manhattan during the heat of the summer to experience this preeminent rosé event to Governor’s Island. The DJ sets and performances were that of –Tortured Soul, Miami Horror, Cedric Alexander C.M.A, Claptone and Slow being an array of genres and treat guests to the musical talents of some of the best artists from around the world.
Renowned chef, restaurant partner and resident judge on the Food Network’s hit series Chopped, Chris Santos, curated three distinct picnic baskets for guests. The delectable bites from each curated menu are designed for sharing and include a sampling of creative twists and classics from Santos’ acclaimed NYC restaurants – Vandal, The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex. I enjoyed the vegetarian basket that had a tofu-based meal, with a beet slaw dish, and a delicious mango mousse being a satisfying treat.
I was able to attend with the Whispering Angel team who were more than lovely. As we discussed celeb favorites (Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen are fans!) I was able to meet the team and enjoy what is my favorite wine as well. What may have been the most popular item at the festival are the hard to come by Champagne gummies from Sugarfina. These gummies are worth it, delicious and subtle in taste, as well as being simply beautiful. Among some of the other booths, guests were able to refill on drinks and food, as well as getting complimentary massages to destress in between bottles. For those
Guests were encouraged to wear only pink and white, and indeed they did. Being quite the scene I was surprised there were no droids flying around taking videos of the pink party. It could have been a scene from Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket as pastels were flying, I was surprised it wasn’t endorsed by Brooks Brothers, as the Pinknic brought out the prep in everyone.
Surprisingly this is a very easy event to replicate with friends. Things you need
- A location, backyard, park, etc.
- Grab a basket and fill with your favorite food, the fancier that better
- Friends who will wear all pink
- And a few bottles of Rosé, might I recommend Whispering Angel
Interested in more about the PInknic search #Pinknic on Instagram and you’ll see all the fun Pink can do!