Best Weekend Food Events: NYC Wine and Food, Applefest, Queens Beer

NYC Wine and Food Festival
Multiple locations
Friday through Sunday

The annual New York City Wine and Food Festival, featuring Food Network favorites like Guy Fieri, returns this weekend. Some of the featured events under $100 include Koreatown Eats with Deuki Hong and tortilla making with Sue Torres.

7th Annual Taste of the Seaport Festival
Front Street between Fulton Street and Peck Slip
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Seaport District’s top restaurants are coming together to celebrate fall. Over 40 restaurants and bars will be part of the festivities, with family activities and live entertainment scheduled, too. Advanced tickets start at $35 which includes five food samples at any food stall. Reserve your ticket here.

Pier A Harbor House (22 Battery Place)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Apples from across New York’s Hudson Valley will appear in the form of ciders, cocktails, pies, and more at this festival on the waterfront, which is free to attend. Guests can purchase six different varieties of apple’s at a pop up farmer’s market or take in live entertainment and family friendly activities. All food and drink items will be available for purchase.

Queens Beer Festival
LIC Flea and Food (5-25 46th Avenue, Queens)
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The first annual Queens Beer Festival kicks off this weekend. Get unlimited tastings from breweries like Big Alice Brewing and LIC Beer Project along with additional breweries from Brooklyn and Long Island scheduled to participate too. General admission is $39. Reserve your ticket here.

Innovation vs Tradition: The Roles and Goals of Young Latin Chefs

Wildair (142 Orchard Street)
Sunday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Colombian-born chef Giuseppe Lacorazza is hosting a conversation on Latin cuisine. Lacorazza will be joined by Fabian von Hauske, Felipe Donnelly of Colonia Verde, and Daniela Soto of Cosme, with the discussion focusing around the balance of innovation and tradition in cooking. Tickets are $10. Score one here.


Best Weekend Food Events: Greenmarket Friday, Lobster Roll Party, Waterfront Beer Garden

Greenmarket Summer Friday
Union Square Greenmarket (17th Street and Union Square West)
Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tonight’s the night: the final Greenmarket Summer Friday, featuring Asian street food made with greenmarket ingredients. Some of the restaurants participating in the bash include Laut and Smorgasburg’s Parantha Alley. Chef Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard will be this evening’s special guests, signing copies of their book, Koreatown: A Cookbook. Beer, wine, and hard cider will also be available at the beer garden. For those of you looking to take the party home, craft brewers and distillers will be selling their goods from noon until close.

Lobster Roll Party
Babeland Brooklyn (462 Bergen Street, Brooklyn)
Friday, 7 p.m.

Grab a lobster roll and brush up on ways to make these hot summer nights even steamier. The first ten guests will receive goodie bags and one lucky raffle winner will get a grand prize: a Luke’s Lobster gift card. RSVPing doesn’t guarantee one of those delectable lobster rolls (those are first come, first served, so get there early) — but guests are encouraged to register in advance here.

Beer Garden
North Brooklyn Farms (320 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join North Brooklyn Farms for a waterfront beer garden highlighting local breweries like Finback, along with food provided by Smoke Show NYC available to purchase. A ticket ($65) into this rain-or-shine event will get you unlimited pours for the entire evening. Reserve your ticket here.

Brews, BBQ & Beats 
Rockaway Brewing Company (46-01 5th Street, Queens)
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Snag a plate of barbecued meats and sides from John Brown’s Smokehouse and dance the day away. The menu includes pulled pork, brisket, mac ‘n’ cheese, collard greens, and dessert. Score your $20 ticket here.

Whisky Time! A Japanese Whisky Tasting
EN Japanese Brasserie (435 Hudson Street)
Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Taste the intricacies of Japanese whisky and whisky cocktails. Brands like Ichiro’s Malt, Akashi, and Mars Iwai will be poured alongside small bites while whiskey importers will lead a class on tasting notes. Tickets are $65 and include all food, drink, and service. Reserve yours here.


Best Weekend Food Events: Museum of Ice Cream, Pizza Crawl, Bacon Sundae

Museum of Ice Cream Pop-Up
100 Gansevoort Street
Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The hottest museum ticket in town will open its doors for free to the public for one day only this Friday. Since the rest of the Museum of Ice Cream’s month-long run is sold out, now’s your chance to wade through a swimming pool filled with sprinkles and play on an ice-cream-themed playground. First come, first served.

Brooklyn Rustic Book Signing and Demo
Union Square Greenmarket (Union Square)
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chef Bryan Calvert will prepare several recipes from his new cookbook, Brooklyn Rustic,  and will also be on hand to sign copies for guests. In the book, you’ll get the lowdown on how to make dishes like stuffed skillet chicken with lemon miso sauce, and dulce de leche cheesecake.

5 Boro Pizza Challenge
Washington Square Park Arch
Saturday, 11 a.m.

Try your hand at competitive eating in this cross-borough pizza crawl. The tagline says it all: “Five boroughs. Five slices. One day. Zero cars.” Pizza lovers will Instagram each slice (and tag #5boropizzachallenge, naturally), and the winner will be declared at the Greenwich Village after-party. All the participating pizza places will be unveiled the day of the event, and prizes will be given to both the fastest pizza-eating individual as well as team. It’s $25 to participate, but guests will still need to pay for each slice and public transit to each location, unless they’re biking or walking. (The event is a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives, so cars/taxis/Ubers/Lyfts are off-limits.) Reserve your spot here.

Botanical Cocktail Making With Tequila

Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Queens)
Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn how to make summer cocktails — with health benefits! A registered dietitian and mixologist will lead “What the Health Should I Eat,” an in-depth workshop that will focus on tequila cocktails and freshly grown ingredients. The event ($25 per person) includes a tour and tasting, as well as admission to the garden for the day. Reserve your spot here.

Must Love Ice Cream’s Sundaes on Sunday Party
BlackTree BK (261 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Black Tree BK will premiere its new prix fixe menu with a party! The bash includes samples from the menu, like a delectable goat milk, chocolate, soft-serve sundae with Smithfield bacon and maple syrup. Even better: Watch a street artist paint an ice cream mural while you chow down.


Best Weekend Food Events: Corn Ice Cream Tacos, Broadway Jazz Brunch, Jamaican Jerk Festival

Sweet Corn Ice Cream Tacos
Dominique Ansel Kitchen (137 Avenue South)
Friday through Sunday, 12 p.m. while supplies last

For just one weekend this summer, Dominique Ansel and Alex Stupak of Empellon are teaming up to bring heat-addled New Yorkers sweet corn ice cream tacos. Served in a masa corn waffle cone shell, these sweet treats are filled with Ansel’s sweet corn ice cream with roasted caramel. A sea salt and lime rim tops off all the tacos, which will go for $6 each. The bakery will also have homemade horchata throughout the weekend.

Running with the Beef’s La Puesta Del Sol

SolarOne (24-20 FDR Drive)
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fill up on barbacoa and mezcal at this walk-around tasting on the waterfront. Indulge in a curated mezcal tasting and nosh on bites from Hecho en Dumbo, Casa Enrique, and Casa Mono among others. Tickets ($65 for general admission) include unlimited beer, wine, and food. Reserve yours here.

Broadway Jazz Fest Brunch
The Lambs Club (132 West 44th Street)
Select Sundays through September 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Lambs Club is bringing Broadway stars — like Finding Neverland‘s Tony Yazbeck — to a weekly brunch, where guests will be treated to an hour-long performance before their meal. The brunch includes pastries and side dishes served family-style as well as an entree, beverage, and a take-home treat. Starting this week, the series will run select Sundays through September 25, featuring stars from Chicago, Motown, Waitress, and more. Guests can check out the calendar and make an advance reservation ($68 for adults, $35 for kids under 12) by contacting the restaurant.

Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union Street, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Professional and amateur ice cream makers will square off in an ice cream battle where guests are the real winners — all the chilly treats will be available for tasting. Interested in proving your ice cream-making prowess? Send an email here. Just in it for the scoops? Tickets are $20 and available here.

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

Roy Wilkins Park (17701 Baisley Boulevard, Queens)
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy Jamaican food, a cook-off, and culinary demonstrations at the sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. The event also includes a celebrity appearance by Chopped winner chef Andre Fowles and a food pavilion filled with specialties like roasted corn, jerk chicken, and ribs. Tickets start at $30. Reserve yours here.


Best Weekend Food Events: Oiji’s Honey Butter Chips, Big Apple Barbecue, La Nuit en Rosé

25-Cent Nuggets
The Nugget Spot (230 East 14th Street)
Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

What’s better than cheap, delicious finger food on a summer Friday? This afternoon, the Nugget Spot will offer 25-cent nuggets until close. All seven different styles of chicken nuggets on the menu will be available — including Southern Belle, Cap’n Crunk, Cheese n’ Chong, Sriracha Nugs, Tso Tswag, Buffalo, and Skinny Nuggs.

Free Falafel Bar
Nanoosh (111 University Place, and other locations)
Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All five Manhattan locations of Nanoosh are celebrating International Falafel Day with a free falafel tasting bar. Guests can choose from a selection of toppings like hummus, tahini, and habañero sauce to kick things up a notch.

Big Apple Barbecue
Madison Square Park (Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The country’s top pit masters will meet up in Madison Square Park this weekend for the annual Big Apple Barbecue party. This year’s lineup includes a new entrant (Dallas’s Hutchins BBQ) along with returning favorites like Sam Jones of North Carolina’s Skylight Inn and Billy Durney of Red Hook’s Hometown Bar-B-Que. VIP ticket packages start at $275 and allow guests to skip the line at all barbecue stands. Get your tickets here.

Honey Butter Chip Pop-Up
Oiji (119 First Avenue)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Craving some sweetness on the go? Oiji is offering honey butter chips with ice cream from their take-out window. Get this sweet, salty, crunchy treat for just $10.

La Nuit en Rosé
Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship (Pier 40 at 343 West Street)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sample over 150 different rosés from France, Italy, and California at this walk-around tasting. The event includes a brief cruise along the Hudson River, as well as food and entertainment. Reserve a ticket, starting at $95, here.


Best Weekend Food Events: ‘TMNT’ Pizza Party, CoffeeCon, and Iron Station’s Anniversary

Free Pizza
Joe’s (150 East 14 Street)
Friday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In honor of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Sprayground is hooking up costumed fans with free pizza courtesy of Joe’s. Fans who are dressed like their favorite turtle will also receive free tickets to see the movie, as well as photos and backpacks.

Industry City (233 37th Street Brooklyn, Brooklyn)
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brush up on your coffee knowledge at this daylong festival, which includes up to twenty different classes and samples. Guests can participate in brewing labs as well as check out a pop-up museum dedicated to Chemex with additional seminars on cold brewing and steampunk techniques. Tickets start at $23. Reserve yours here.

Anniversary Party
Iron Station (683 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Sip a brew and try out new menu items at Iron Station’s one-year anniversary. Goods include Free Will Brewery’s offerings on tap, the new menu (which focuses on cheeses, charcuterie, and small plates) along with Iron Station’s usual cocktail, wine, and beer selection. DJ Bill Coleman will begin spinning tunes at 9 p.m.

Crawfish Boil
Threes Brewing (333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rain or shine, guests can enjoy cold beer and crack open crawfish, with seatings taking place every two hours beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m. All food will be provided courtesy of Gaddy Lane. Tickets are $30 and include a bucket of crawfish, one side dish, and one pint of beer. Reserve your spot here.

Studio Squared — Palatable: Food and Contemporary Art
The Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street)
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Combine food and art at this cooking demonstration, which includes artists Miguel Luciano and Tijay Mohammed discussing their inspirational connections to food culture. Guests will learn to prepare two of the artists’ favorite recipes using plantains as a featured ingredient. Admission is free, but reserve your spot here.


Best Weekend Food Events: Beer Garden Opening, Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day

Opening Weekend
Blue Ribbon Beer Garden (190 Allen Street)
Friday through Sunday

Blue Ribbon Beer Garden kicks off the spring season this weekend. Get ready for a bar stacked with frozen Kirin Ichiban, half bottles of wine, and sangria. The food menu will include Blue Ribbon’s fried chicken sandwich as well as snacks like pork rinds and chocolate chip cookies.

2016 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18 Street)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New York’s largest vegetarian food festival returns this weekend, featuring samples from over 120 exhibitors. How Not to Die author Dr. Michael Greger is one of several featured guests at the festival, with cookbook signings and demonstrations planned throughout the weekend. Tickets will be available at the door for $35, and advance tickets are available here.

Kentucky Derby Parties
Multiple Locations

Wondering where to watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports”? Hotel Chantelle is hosting a Kentucky Derby party where a $20 ticket will get you access to three floors of TV screens along with drink specials at the bar. At Saxon + Parole, guests are encouraged to don Derby Day garb while slurping oysters and feasting on other seafood — tickets are available here. Watermark Bar and American Whiskey will also show the race and have Kentucky Derby–themed activities.

A Taste of Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach (Queens)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sample food from seventeen Rockaway Beach restaurants and embark your own impromptu food crawl. Restaurants taking part in the Taste include Thai Rock, Whit’s End, Elegante, and more — with all restaurants located a just a short distance from one another. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.

Chocolate + Flowers for Mother’s Day
Liddabit Sweets (220 36th Street, First Floor; Brooklyn)
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Skip the same old Mother’s Day brunch and head to Liddabit Sweets’ headquarters for a chocolate and flower workshop. Get a tour of Liddabit’s kitchen before learning how to make chocolate treats to bring home. Afterward, you’ll be able to arrange your own Mother’s Day bouquet. Tickets are $85 and include admission for two guests. Reserve them here.


Best Weekend Food Events: LIC Flea & Food, Winemaker Night, and Chocolate Fest

Union Square Greenmarket Tour with Peter Hoffman
Union Square (East 17th Street & Union Square West)
Saturday, 10 a.m to 11 a.m.

Tour the Union Square Greenmarket with chef Peter Hoffman and learn all about the community of farmers and producers who have kept the market running since 1976. The behind-the-scenes access allows guests to meet select members of the Greenmarket community and discover the ways farmers and chefs work together to create restaurant menus. The tour is free to attend. Register here.

Sushi Making
The Peck Slip School (1 Peck Slip)
Saturday, 11 a.m.

The Coalition for Healthy School Food is hosting an afternoon of sushi making for families. Focusing on Japanese-inspired recipes, parents and children will follow an instructor and learn to prepare select recipes, with each child creating their own sushi roll. Tickets are $25 for children (adults get in free). Reserve them here.

Opening Weekend
Long Island City Flea & Food (5-25 46th Avenue, Queens)
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Take a trip to the Queens waterfront for a sample of the neighborhood’s top eateries. Bites include barbecue from Butcher Bar and Korean-style wings from KSFC. A full lineup of the opening weekend vendors is on the LIC Flea & Food website.

Winemaker Night with Xurxo Alba of Bodegas Albamar
Fung Tu (22 Orchard Street)
Sunday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Winemaker Xurxo Alba, of Spain’s Rías Baixas, will lead guests through a tasting of his Galicia winery’s signature mineral wines. The bottle selection includes Albamar Albariño and single-parcel Finca O Pereiro. Dishes from chefs Jonathan Wu and John Wells, including specials like a taro tortilla española and wok-fired squid with morcilla, will be available à la carte. Guests must make a reservation in advance by contacting Fung Tu.

Chocolate Fest
92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Join culinary historian and chocolate expert Alexandra Leaf for a sweet tasting of locally and nationally made chocolate. The selection features Red Hook’s Raaka Chocolate and Nolita’s Stick with Me, along with chocolate and cheese pairings from Lucy’s Whey. Wine samples and and scoops from an old-fashioned ice cream cart will also be available. Journalist Simran Sethi — author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love — will also lead a brief discussion on changes in America’s food system. Tickets are $35.


Best Weekend Food Events: Korean French Dip, Smorgasburg, and Craft Distillers

Korean French Dip Special
Dominique Ansel Kitchen (37 Seventh Avenue South)
Friday through Sunday

Dominique Ansel and Deuki Hong of Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong are serving a Korean French Dip sandwich throughout the weekend. The sandwich features a slow-roasted prime rib with kimchi marmalade served on soft potato bread with two kinds of jus (choose from shiitake mushroom or spicy serrano kalbi). The collaborative sandwich will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Service starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Smorgasburg Opening Weekend
East River State Park (90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn) and Prospect Park (95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New York’s most popular outdoor food festival returns this weekend! Smorgasburg will be at the Williamsburg waterfront on Saturday and at Prospect Park on Sunday. New additions this year include skewered meat and fondue from Yakitori Tatsu, egg cream and cookies from Rubyzaar, and fried quail eggs on a stick from Brunchstreet.

NYC Craft Distillers Festival
Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Relive the Roaring Twenties at this craft spirit tasting. Over 60 varieties of spirits — think everything from moonshine to pear brandy — will be available, and guests are encouraged to break out their pinstriped suits and cloche hats. The festival also includes offerings like honey whiskey from the Catskills and Old Tom Gin from Astoria Distilling Co. Tickets start at $95. Reserve them here.

Cocktail and Dog Throwdown
Mess Hall (2194 Frederick Douglass Boulevard)
Saturday, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Taste more than a dozen cocktails and six unique hot dogs at this delicious competition. The drink and dog with the highest votes will earn a spot on Mess Hall’s menu starting on April 15. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Reserve them here.


Best Weekend Food Events: Coffee and Tea Festival, Cocktail Magic, and Macaron Day

Coffee and Tea Festival, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, Saturday and Sunday

More than sixty coffee and tea specialists will gather in Greenpoint to pour guests the perfect cup of caffeine. Seminars will include discussions about Turkish coffee, cold brew, and matcha. There’s a latte-art contest scheduled for Saturday, and food will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. Tickets start at $25 and include tastings, but additional fees apply for select seminars. Reserve your spot here.

Cocktail Magic, Weylin B. Seymour’s, 175 Broadway, Brooklyn, Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Snag a signature or specialty cocktail from a lineup of top mixologists at this evening affair, which includes snacks from Roberta’s. Participating bars include Attaboy,  Dead Rabbit, and PDT among others. Tickets, which include food and drink, start $124.50 and can be secured here.

Macaron Day, Multiple Locations, Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bakeries like Francois Payard are offering one free macaron to anyone who mentions “Macaron Day” this Sunday. Twenty locations, including Macaron Parlour and Woops!, will also be participating. Additional macaron purchases will go to benefit City Harvest.

Brooklyn Meatball Takedown, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 12 p.m.

This Sunday, chefs from a variety of backgrounds will compete for glory, bragging rights, and prizes in the Brooklyn Meatball Takedown. Tickets are $20 and include unlimited samples. Reserve them here.

Pizza-Making Class, Pizza Beach LES, 167 Orchard Street, Sunday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Starting this weekend, Pizza Beach is offering a new pizza-making class. On Sunday nights, guests can choose to make any pizza on the restaurant’s menu or customize their own. Tickets are $64.29 and include two hours of unlimited pizza, wine, and salad. Reserve them here.