Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Kicks off EscapeMaker.com’s 4th Local Food & Travel Expo on May 2, 2015 at Brooklyn Borough Hall

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Crisp apples and sweet maple candy from New York State, delectable cheeses, mouth-watering chocolate and roasted coffee made in Brooklyn – the locavore movement will be in full swing at EscapeMaker.com’s 4th Local Food & Travel Expo at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

There is no destination more delicious than Brooklyn," comments Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

A free event designed for foodies and local residents, EscapeMaker.com’s 4th Local Food & Travel Expo on May 2, 2015 from 12pm-5pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall, will feature regional food, wine and beer tastes from Brooklyn and beyond.

Crisp apples and sweet maple candy from New York State, delectable cheeses, mouth-watering chocolate and roasted coffee made in Brooklyn – the locavore movement will be in full swing. Plus, there will great getaway vacation ideas within a day's drive or train ride of New York City. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other elected officials will help kick-off the event - expected to draw Brooklynites and residents from all over the city.

Hosted by Emmy-Award winning EscapeMaker.com, a guide to local getaways around New York City since 2000, the Expo is presented by Amtrak® and sponsored by Taste NY™, I LOVE NY®, the NY Apple Association, car2go and PATripsbyTrain.com.

From counties, resorts, yoga retreats and bed & breakfasts to wineries, breweries, farms and restaurants, the Expo will feature 50+ destinations and attractions in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont – all exhibitors are located in Brooklyn or within a few hours of New York City. Getaway prizes will be awarded at various booths.

“Our goal is to not only encourage local travel and day trips, but also inspire culinary and agri-tourism themed weekend getaways. We’ve highlighted local getaway destinations both drivable and accessible by mass transit for over 14 years online, but our annual expo is a fantastic way to meet our users in person and help them discover and taste what’s in their own backyard,” says Caylin Sanders, EscapeMaker.com’s President and Founder. “We’re grateful to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for hosting our event at Borough Hall again this year,” says Sanders.

A portion of the Expo, as in year’s past, will be dedicated to Brooklyn experiences and destinations, highlighting the exploding culinary landscape. From Coney Island Brewing in Coney Island, to Café Grumpy in Greenpoint, to Alan’s Bakery in Prospect Lefferts Gardens to Deliso Confections in Bay Ridge to Saul Restaurant and the Brooklyn Museum in Park Slope - the best of Brooklyn will be featured. Additionally, attendees will learn about Brooklyn history from the Coney Island History Project and Turnstile Tours in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Expo will also feature neighborhood farms like Added Value in Red Hook and Gotham Greens in Gowanus.

"Brooklyn is the ultimate escape for vacation lovers, whether they hail from South Williamsburg, South Africa, or anywhere in between. We are proud to share our one-of-a-kind foodie experience with visitors to EscapeMaker.com's 4th Local Food & Travel Expo, as well as our unique transportation access that makes our borough the perfect spot to launch a weekend getaway. There is no destination more delicious than Brooklyn," comments Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

The NY Apple Association, an expo sponsor, will be on hand to make sure everyone takes home a New York State apple. Although the Expo is a tasting show inside Borough Hall, Taste NY™ and I LOVE NY® are sponsoring an adjacent outdoor special New York State farmer’s market for sales of regional foods from farms like Breezy Hill Orchard in the Hudson Valley and Ballard’s Honey in the Catskills to wines from Long Island and craft brews from the Finger Lakes.

"There’s something for every taste in New York State. Governor Cuomo’s Taste NY™ program is bringing the flavors of the Empire State to every corner of New York. I want to invite Brooklyn residents to visit our farmer’s market so they can begin a new, delicious habit that supports farmers and companies right here in New York," said Richard A. Ball, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.

Recognizing a great transportation experience is key to a perfect getaway; the Expo is presented by Amtrak®, a leader in energy efficient travel and sponsored by car2go, an urban car-sharing service reducing impact on the environment. To promote the car-less getaway, deals and packages will be offered by car2go, Amtrak® and additional sponsor PATripsbyTrain.com, with affordable excursions to Amish Country and historic Philadelphia.

Media sponsors and partners include ExploreBK.com, GrowNYC, Heritage Radio, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn and Urban Oyster Tours. Also, Urban Oyster Tours will lead a “Neighborhood Eats Brownstone Walking Tour,” departing from Brooklyn Borough Hall at 12:30pm on Court Street that day.

To offset the event’s carbon footprint, EscapeMaker.com will be purchasing carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org. Mass transit to the Expo via the MTA is encouraged and bike parking is available on a first-come basis.

The event is free, but attendees must be pre-registered. To register, visit: http://www.escapemaker.com/travelexpo

** Press is invited to a show preview and kick-off ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30am with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Register at http://www.escapemaker.eventbrite.com **

More about EscapeMaker.com: Launched in 2000, EscapeMaker highlights local destinations, attractions, events, food festivals and vacation packages. In April 2010, EscapeMaker.com won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for their "Tastes of New York” agri-tourism webisodes - a series that featured pick-your-own farms, wineries and food festivals across the state -- funded in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. In 2011, they held the first ever Local Food & Travel Expo with a green getaways theme and in 2015 they received a grant from the USDA and the New York Apple Association to promote apple agri-tourism. They will launch a pop-up travel store in 2016. http://www.escapemaker.com

More about Taste NY™: Governor Cuomo’s Taste NY™ initiative encourages New Yorkers and tourists alike to try New York's homegrown products and help continue to grow the state’s thriving agricultural industry. Taste NY™ events promote New York’s topnotch agricultural products — including produce, cheese, yogurt, maple products, and beer, wine, cider and spirits through tastings at tourist attractions throughout the year. For more information visit: http://www.Taste.NY.gov

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