They say the third time’s a charm. It took me exactly three tries to finally make it to Pinknic. The inaugural year, I secured tickets only to find out it conflicted with my Provence trip (though I did happily get my fix of rosé from its origin). Last year, a torrential rainfall cancelled our fun. We had our tickets refunded and switched to plan b, which was a Chandon picnic fête (also got my fill of rosé in bubbly form). Alas, 2018 was the year of pink and white for me. I kept my excitement up and am so happy to check this off my NYC summer bucket list.
As you may know, I am a big fan of rosé wine. So, naturally I had to make my way to a music festival centered around it. The dress code is a strict pink and/or white and there was a great selection of rosé brands to choose our bottles from (Whispering Angel !!) – including magnum sizing. This year they introduced pink cocktails in addition to frosé drinks (loved the watermelon margarita) for VIP ticket holders. We brought our own fruits and snacks, but there was a lot of food vendors to choose from.
To keep our fruits, cheese, charcuterie chilled, I brought along my new ban.do grapefruit cooler bag with a giant icepack block. Also, for fun, I brought along some cute fruit coasters to match the theme.
I wore a two piece dress in a pink and white floral print and some fun flamingo earrings. To keep the sun out of my face, I opted for a wide brim boater hat.
As VIP ticket holders we had a dedicated ferry pier so we had the option of earlier arrival. After you arrive, there a bit of a walk with pedicabs around for a fee. The walk wasn’t bad at all (but I walk everywhere). I suggest comfy shoes or a change of shoes for this. Plan around this if you don’t do well in heat, because it was incredibly hot that day. Security and ticket check went pretty normally and you’re on the grounds!
Once you get your respective wristbands – General Admission, VIP Garden/Pool etc, you’ll receive a tote with some goodies and your Pinknic souvenir glass. We had VIP Garden tickets which had two sections on either side of the stage. One side had hammocks and the other the Bai drink station. Both included a VIP bar for easy ordering. We found a shady spot right closest to the safe under a giant parasol. Win! We also had our own bathrooms that was probably the fanciest outdoor portable restrooms I’ve been in. There’s air conditioning in them! I’m so glad we were next to the Bai station, so we could keep hydrating in-between the wine. Also, free ferris wheel rides with our level of ticket. That’s how I managed to take the photo of the entire thing — from the pinnacle.
Overall, it was a pretty great experience. I only wish it wasn’t almost 100 degrees that day. Literally was melting away…