Organizer of Pizza 'Fyre' Festival Promises Refunds


Instead, those who attended the New York Pizza Festival say they were treated to tiny portion sizes, cold pies, and not almost enough food to justify the ticket price.

"It was like the people from Fyre Festival made a decision to throw a pizza party", Connell Burke told Gothamist of his experience.

"I just saw three tents and I'm thinking, wait a minute, something isn't quite adding up", said one attendee. That event promised "mountains of french fries, oceans of ketchup and waterfalls of beer", with admission prices ranging between $35 and $69.

For those who stuck it out, eventually slivers of a handful of pizzas and "warm red wine that tasted like ass" were distributed. "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 30minutes".

"Please do not come for the rest of the night's tastings".

"Make-up tasting? Shut the -- up".

They're giving back the dough. A new Facebook page dedicated to "Pizza Festival Scam Victims" has popped up.

"This was a rotten scam, they promoted this as a pizza festival and a hamburger festival", one angry poster said. People who arrived early said there were about 5 pies cut into micro slices of really bad pizza. There were no hamburgers!

"[It was] very, very clearly a scam once we walked in", Burke said. Complaints can be submitted on the Attorney General Office's website.

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It wasn't immediately clear if the attorney general's investigation would continue following organizers' decision to refund the tickets.

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.

The Facebook post Wednesday said, "Few newspapers have said a lot without facts, quotes, or context".

The post blamed bad press and unnamed pizzerias for the mess.

These assertions somewhat contradict Hangry Garden co-founder Jeremy Asgari, whose company ultimately denied services to Osekre on the day of the event because he allegedly couldn't pay them.

The NYC Pizza Festival sounded like it'd be a pretty solid event. On the day of the event, festival organizers still hadn't paid Hangry Garden - and that's when the event producers pulled out. We ticket millions of events each year and go to great lengths to ensure all customers are treated fairly when something doesn't go as planned.

"It was nothing but Jesus thay stopped me from flipping over those tables", wrote one attendee who drove from Albany with her brother for the event.

"We were hired as a vendor for our furniture and games". "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. They were supposed to have 30 plus vendors, this is a nightmare".

Several people compared the event another recent notorious flop, this summer's Fyre Festival that promised Ja Rule and Kendall Jenner and instead left people stranded on a deserted island in the Bahamas.