Best Weekend Food Events: Free Waffles, Craft Beer Festival, and Enchiladas


International Waffle Day, Wafels and Dinges, 209 E 2nd St and additional locations, Friday

Bring any handmade re-creation of the Belgian flag and receive a free waffle on International Waffle Day. Participants must have all three colors of the flag (black, yellow, and red) in the correct sequence. The offer is valid at any Wafel and Dinge brick-and-mortar or mobile location.

NYC Craft Beer Festival, Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, Friday and Saturday

Quench your thirst with craft brews, ciders, and meads at this tasting, which features nearly 150 beers. Tickets — which start at $55 — afford guests unlimited two-ounce tastings during two-and-a-half-hour sessions; food will be available for purchase. Reserve your spot here.

Enchilada Festival, Maya, 1191 First Avenue, Friday through April 18

Richard Sandoval is offering a special enchilada menu that celebrates the “flute seasoned with chile.” Select enchilada dishes feature shredded chicken with Gouda cheese and crema fresca, pork carnitas with almond mole sauce, or braised veal tongue with cotija cheese. There’s also a vegetarian version with plantain tortillas and zucchini.

New Brunch, Drexler’s, 9 Avenue A, Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m.

Drexler’s is debuting a new weekend brunch featuring select goods from Black Seed Bagels. There will also be live music — think jazz and bluegrass — starting at 2 p.m. The new brunch cocktail list will focus on drinks like a hearty Bloody Mary with coppa Calabrese, mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes.

National Paella Day, Socarrat Paella Bar, 259 West 19th Street, Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Track down the yellow Socarrat-mobile and score a free sample of paella on National Paella Day. The restaurant offers guests three opportunities, at three locations (50th Street and Park Avenue at 12 p.m.; 44th Street and 1st Avenue at 1 p.m.; and  Mulberry Street and East Houston Street at 2 p.m.), to enjoy the beloved Spanish dish.