Thursday, August 30, 2012

Why does WhiskeyFest hate Jews?

WhiskeyFest is a great event, but apparently the great minds who run it are either anti-Semites or morons. Harsh? Sorry, but I can't think of any other way to explain the scheduling change introduced this year.

I've gone to WhiskeyFest (NYC) each of the last 5 or 6 years. It was always held on a weeknight, and it was always full of kippah wearing Jews. One year I estimated that we made up perhaps 20 percent of the crowd.

This year, WhiskeyFest (NYC) is on shabbos. So no frum Jews.

Truth is I've always had questions about the Semitic sensitivities of the people behind this event. A lavish buffet is included in the cost of admission. Kol tuvat mitzrayim. The richest wedding shmorg you've ever seen times ten. Of course, its not kosher, but in NYC catering something for the frum Jews is dead simple.

Nonetheless, the first few years we got nothing and were forced to line our stomachs with whatever vegetables we could graze off the buffet. Then the people in charge saw dollar signs and started offering kosher meals (from Lavanahs) for a fat extra fee. So while the non-Jews ate like kings, we paid extra for a (very high caliber) box dinner. Now, we're not invited at all. As a consumer of high-quality hooch I protest.

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