A recent vegan food cruise around Sydney Harbor was billed as an upscale nine-course, meat-free feast complete with full vegan bar. It sounded like a jackpot of a date night for many of the couples who booked tickets as Valentine’s gifts. Instead, partygoers faced long lines at under-equipped food stations run by unpaid employees and wines that weren’t actually vegan (more on that here). Remind anyone of the infamous Fyre Festival and its world-class sandwiches?
Organizers claimed the food shortage was because people who had gotten to the food first had eaten too much, to which a boatful of Sydney’s plant-based diet community hangrily objected. The event had, in fact, originally advertised the dinner at seven courses, later raising it to nine in a flashy Instagram post, but ultimately delivering only one or two in the form of miniature falafel and crudité.
“It felt like I was on the Hunger Games or vegan Survivor,” one attendee told news.com.au.
While there are plenty of examples of culinary boat parties done right all over the world, this definitely wasn’t one of them. And wouldn’t you know it: the event’s organizers referred to the disastrous night as “a success.”