The secret to a great summer party involves great weather, good company and free-flowing cocktails, which is why Secret Summer 2017 again killed it with their annual party at The Foundry in Long Island City on August 6. There was something about 2017 that made it stand out from the prior two years. The first year was new and exciting, like embarking on a new relationship, the second year was a time to test some different things and shake things up a little, and the third year felt like you were finally settled and were comfortable knowing what works. Things felt a little more genuine, and that carefree, authentic vibe made for some great party chemistry.
Something that Secret Summer revelers always look forward to every year is the farm-to-bar cocktail program. Brands like Woodford Reserve, Herradura Tequila, Zacapa 23 Rum, Spring 44 Gin and Vodka, The Real McCoy Rum and Peony Vodka mixed their drinks with the herbs from Farm.One, a successful partnership that was renewed from last year. A special shout out to Zacapa for serving their “Figgedaboudit” drink in a coconut cup that was available as a take-home souvenir!
Food and drink always go hand-in-hand, and the demand for the grill at La Pulperia was always high, especially for the delicious tacos. The offerings at the food trucks were also enticing, and while we were debating between the waffles at Wafels & Dinges or something more savory, ultimately we couldn’t resist the temptation of the hickory smoked pulled pork sandwich from Big D’s Grub Truck.
Nothing says summer quite like lawn games, which explains the popularity of the three cornhole stations set up outside. If cornhole was a bit too bro-y for you, then the haiku station run by the extremely talented Haiku Guys and Gals was probably more your thing. Or maybe you wanted to take advantage of the flattering outdoor lighting and have a picture taken to share on your Instagram or Facebook feed. ESP Camera was on the grounds taking artistic Polaroid shots of guests, and there was always a crowd at the We Love Photobooths stand.
And of course you can’t have a good party without music. DJ Ryan Vandal kept the playlist fresh with a mix of old school tunes, club beats and top 40 hits. The Momentum Drums added some live percussion beats to accompany the songs playing in the speakers. Judging by the dancing that was taking place, the soundtrack to Secret Summer did its job of making sure everyone was having a great time.