This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 9/15/2014


Take a bite out of the Big Apple and check out this week’s five top food events — a list that includes a free happy hour.

Eat in Astoria Food Festival, Astoria Bank, 30-16 30th Avenue, Queens, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Astoria may forever be tied to its popular Greek eats, but the first ever Astoria restaurant week promises to offer a lot more than baklava. Restaurants like the Sparrow Tavern and Pachanga Patterson will offer a selection of bites at the festival’s opening night gala, and specials will be available through September 28. Tickets to Tuesday’s event are $49 and include access to unlimited food and drink.

Kombucha Making Class, Bushwick Food Co-op, 2 Porter Avenue, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

For $30 — $15 if you’re a co-op member — you will learn how to properly ferment sweet tea and put bacteria to good use. All ingredients will be provided by the co-op, and participants will take a fresh batch of kombucha home.

Words on Whiskey, Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Need a drink to celebrate hump day? Colin Spoelman, co-founder of Kings County Distillery, will lead a discussion on whiskey scandals and read select passages from his book Guide to Urban Moonshining, after which guests can enjoy a tour and tasting at the distillery. Tickets are just $5.

Free Pop-Up — Swedish Craft Beer Tasting, Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, noon

As part of the week-long festivities of the NORTH Festival, Brooklyn Brewery is hosting a free happy hour from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday. The brewery will pour selections from its Stockholm-based sister operation Nya Carnegiebryggeriet — the first American-operated craft brewery in Europe. Reservations are free.

The Joy of Sake, The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Sake is in season this week as nearly 357 labels from all over Japan and 13 from the U.S will appear under one roof. Chefs from Brushstroke and 15 East will prepare dishes designed to accentuate the flavors of select sakes. Tickets are $100 and include access to unlimited tastings and food.