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Food & Culture Guide: Kaufman Arts District / Astoria

Queens Together is proud to present this guide to our very own home neighborhood, in conjunction with the Kaufman Arts District and local Queens culture and food expert Joe DiStefano.

The “KAD Passport” serves as a guide to the neighborhood’s culinary and cultural institutions. An online guide to 15 of the very best attractions in Astoria’s historic Kaufman Arts District - a bustling, diverse community steeped in film-making history, diversity, and of course food.

Food & Culture Guide: Kaufman Arts District / Astoria


The online “KAD Passport” guide will be available for $20, just in time for the Halloween/Day of The Dead/All Souls Day weekend. Proceeds will help Queens Together in its mission to support local restaurants and combat food insecurity across the borough.

Participants are encouraged to start their own KAD tours this weekend. First stop is the Kaufman Astoria Studios Main Gate at the corner of 35th avenue and 36th street. Guests are also encouraged to come in Halloween/Day of the Dead/All Souls Day best and post an Instagram photo of themselves tagging @qns_together and @kaufmanartsdistrict and using hashtag #KADHALLOWEEN to be eligible to win a special mystery prize.

To make things even more interesting there’s an Instagram photo contest. To be eligible participants must tag their photos @qns_together and @kaufmanartsdistrict and using hashtag #KADHUNT. First prize is a food tour for four of Elmhurst or Flushing with Joe. Second prize is a ukulele and three lessons from Uke Hut. Third prize is a $100 gift certificate from any venue in the guide. Costume contest ends at midnight on Halloween. KADHUNT contest begins October 31st at noon and ends midnight November 1.

Please note: Participants are encouraged to explore and experience the district on their own or in small groups while practicing social distancing.

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