Pizza 'Fyre' Fest Promises Refunds For Enraged Attendees

Behold the bounty of slices offered by the New York City Pizza Festival

Behold the bounty of slices offered by the New York City Pizza Festival

What promised to be NYC's hottest event last weekend turned into another food fiasco when the New York City Pizza Festival left attendees standing in a almost empty Brooklyn parking lot with little more than a few slivers of cold pizza.

It billed itself as a "day-long celebration of the dough, cheese, tasty sauces and delicious toppings".

"It was like the people from Fyre Festival made a decision 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.

The hamburger table which according to attendee Sylwia Mordel remained entirely bereft of burgers at least an hour into the festival Sunday
The hamburger table which according to attendee Sylwia Mordel remained entirely bereft of burgers at least an hour into the festival Sunday

"It was my girlfriend's birthday so I got the VIP tickets, so I spent $150 total for the two tickets", Burke told Gothamist.

What could be worse than buying a ticket to a pizza festival and showing up only to realise that there is no pizza?

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

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Since the non-starter festival, angry customers who splashed out on the tickets have reported the event as a scam, and some news channels in America say that it is being investigated.

A spokesman for the office said they were "concerned about the online complaints" they saw following the event and are asking attendees to submit complaints on the Attorney General's Office's website.

Hangry Garden's co-founder, Jeremy Asgari, has denied being involved - saying they were misled just like everybody else. There's three pop-up tents to my left, one where they're taking cold pizzas out of delivery boxes and cutting them. I asked them where the vendors were and he said, 'We had trouble finding them so we're ordering pizza to the venue.' I was like are you kidding me?

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Attendees were so outraged by the festival they created a separate Facebook group titled: "Pizza Festival Scam Victims". The group's admin wrote, "This was a rotten scam, they promoted this as a pizza festival and a hamburger festival". "Clearly this is a scam and the organizers should be held accountable". "As we got closer to the event, things just didn't add up right".

"Timely delivery of food delayed the fun experience we all looked forward to", Aputumpu told an attendee. Some attendees say the seller sent them an email apologizing "for this poorly planned event", and has posted credit back to their accounts. He pulled out the morning of the event when he hadn't been paid. "They were supposed to have 30 plus vendors, this is a nightmare". But the tickets weren't cheap if you wanted to go for the whole event, costing a whopping $75 (£52). "There is no way they did not know they were going to come up criminally short of what was promised several days before the event".

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