New York City Pizza Festival Under Investigation After Complaints

A piece of pizza served to an attendee at the festival.      Facebook  ChipShannon86

The New York City Pizza Festival was billed by organizers as an "eclectic tasting of the best pizza in NYC".

Many people have compared the pizza event to the disastrous Fyre Festival, a weekend that was supposed to be packed with luxury and music performances on Great Exuma in the Bahamas, but that ultimately collapsed before it began.

"It was my girlfriend's birthday so I got the VIP tickets, so I spent $150 total for the two tickets", Burke told Gothamist.

When Business Insider reached out to Aputumpu for comment, we received an automated response: "Untimely delivery of food delayed the fun experiences we all looked forward to this past weekend". And there was none of that... "And then we were just like, 'F-k this'".

The complaints got the attention of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, which opened an investigation into the even on Monday.

In fact, the alleged disparity between the Saturday event's billing and what ultimately happened was so vast, the NY attorney general is now looking into the matter. But attendees report they were greeted with "pizza...smaller than a sample size", according to one person on Facebook.

Oscar Mendoza complained on the festival's Facebook page that the three tents set up served slices "smaller than my palm".

It gets better. Consider this photo from Chip Shannon, who posted to Facebook that "We came up all the way from DC and all we got was this slice".

"Those pictures don't do it justice", Burke added.

However, the reality was a far more tragic affair, consisting of paper plates, polyester table cloths and pizza slices tiny enough to make a grown man shed a tear of dough-deprived melancholy.

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Video from the event shows lines around the block of a near-empty parking lot. "Clearly this is a scam and the organizers should be held accountable".

According to Gothamist, the people behind the pizza event also held a "Hamburger Festival" on Saturday at the same exact time and place - but apparently forgot to bring the burgers. "And when they tried to eat pizza, the people were like, 'No, no, that's for the pizza people'".

That event was postponed at the last minute by a week and moved to the same date at the Pizza Festival - which is not something any properly organized event can do, given that rentals, staff and food should all have been arranged for the original date. A make-up tasting was promised, NBC 4 reported.

They offered no explanation, however, as to why there were no burgers.

"COMPLETE SCAM! Believe this we will be getting our money back", wrote one.

"These people need to be sued", another said.

"We were hired as a vendor for our furniture and games".

Another event organizer - Brooklyn-based blog group Aputumpu - claimed the late start is what led to the pizza being cold and unsatisfactory. "And there was none of that", one attendee told Gothamist. "We appreciate your patience".

But Hangry Garden co-founder Jeremy Asgari told Gothamist his own company had been misled by Osekre. "They were supposed to have 30 plus vendors, this is a nightmare".

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