However, I witnessed, all weekend long, hospitality in the truest sense of the word. I saw people falling all over themselves, to do whatever they could to get a burger, a beer, a bottle of water to all the people that were upset, tired, angry, drunk and all combinations therein. People tried exceptionally hard to give people a great experience, all day and all night, and always with a smile, albeit a tired one.
I worked with April Bloomfield as she butchered a whole pig and took polite, interesting questions from the assembled crowd. I grilled steaks with Chef Michael Anthony under a tree canopy as eager and involved people talked about great experiences at Gramercy Tavern. I watched Amy Schumer and Tom Mylan destroy, with as much dignity as their inebriated minds could muster, an entire steer with the help of an ambitious 12 year old from the audience, bestowed with a hacksaw and the cheers of the crowd.
It was not the shitshow that everyone is making it out to be. It was just an ambitious festival that had a bulls-eye on its head from the start and like everything, as a whole shouldn't have been judged on Vol 1, Issue 1.
I had a fantastic time and am looking forward to doing it again next year.
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