Did you ever heard about the Fyre Festival? It was supposed to be a music event where people could attend, stay overnight, and enjoy great food and music all while living a life of luxury. It was promoted by celebrities like Kendall Jenner, who was paid to advertise the festival to generate buzz.
But paying attendees showed up to find no food, a few tents, and certainly no music.
It's considered one of the biggest flops in festival history, but now a pizza festival in New York could be taking the crown.
The New York City Pizza festival was promoted as “a day long celebration of the dough, cheese, tasty sauces and delicious toppings” with a "uniquely authentic island cuisine experience” and“local seafood, Bahamian-style sushi and even a pig roast."
Guests payed as much as $75 per ticket to attend the festival, but when they showed up, they were greeted with incredible disappointment.
“It was like the people from Fyre Festival decided to throw a pizza party,” Connell Burke told Gothamist. “It was my girlfriend’s birthday so I got the VIP tickets, so I spent $150 total for the two tickets. There’s three pop-up tents to my left, one where they’re taking cold pizzas out of delivery boxes and cutting them."
“This thing is a joke!!! 4 tents, plates with small slices, over an hr wait to get in and we are still waiting now!!” wrote one guest. “Don’t bother peeps!”
"Those pictures don’t do it justice," continued Burke. "Because they look like they’re normal-sized plates but they’re actually cake-sized, like what you’d use for cake at a children’s birthday party. They’re small, tiny little slivers of pizza."
“I imagined it would be like, Roberta’s has a brick oven pizza that they tow, there’d be all these different vendors, all this different kind of pizza. And there was none of that,” one attendee said.
The organizers addressed the concerns on the day of the festival, actually asking people not to come.
“Hi guys, we’ve been hit by an incredible amount of delays in pizza delivery. Fresh, diverse, and delicious pizza was supposed to be delivered every 30 minutes,” they wrote by 7 p.m. on Saturday. “A make-up tasting will be announced shortly. Sincere apologies. Please do not come for the rest of the night’s tastings. Apologies for inconvenience!”
There is a now a Facebook group threatening legal action against the organizers of the festival, claiming it was a 'rotten scam.'
"This was a rotten scam, they promoted this as a pizza festival and a hamburger festival. People who arrived early said there were about 5 pies cut into micro slices of really bad pizza. There were no hamburgers! Clearly this is a scam and the organizers should be held accountable."
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office has apparently opened an investigation into the event and is encouraging people who purchased tickets to leave complaints on the event's website.
What I want to know is why you would pay $75 to eat a slice of pizza when you can go anywhere in New York City and get something just as good for the fraction of the price!