NYC foodie alert for these food and drink festivals coming up soon. Get hungry, get thirsty, and get your wallets out to enjoy the best of what NYC has to offer from local chefs and brewmasters, and from visiting international chefs.
Black Owned Restaurant Month – $35 three-course prix fixe meals at top restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn owned and operated by NYC-based African-Americans, Sept 9-30. See this recent NYCOTC posting for restaurant names and tomake reservations.
New York Oyster Week – Kicks off with the Brooklyn Oyster Riot at Brooklyn Brewery on Sept 10, and continues through Sept. 27 at restaurants throughout town. Click here for the list of participating restaurants and their bivalve offers. Sorry, but the legendary Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal is not participating.
Taste of Williamsburg/Greenpoint – More than 40 local restaurants, bars, breweries and New York State wineries are setting up shop in East River State Park for tastes and samplings. Tickets start at $35. Sunday, Sept. 13, 1pm to 5pm. Event website
Eataly 5th Birthday Bash – If you have a spare $200 bucks, you can hang out with star chefs including Dan Barber and Alex Atala for a three-hour dine-around, including wine pairings, inside the gourmet food emporium in Flatiron, on Sept. 16th.
NORTH Nordic Food Festival – Sponsored by the Swedish and Stockholm tourist boards, this five-day festival Sept 23-28 is designed to introduce you to Swedish cuisine beyond herring and aquavit, and what IKEA serves in their cafeteries. In addition to cooking classes and panel discussions, there’s a one-day #TrySwedish Day of samplings in the West Village. Get tickets here for the crayfish party and dinner showcasing the cuisine of Michelin-starred Restaurant Volt in Stockholm.
Rendezvous in France – The best of France takes over Times Square with a FREE weekend street fair Sept. 26 and 27 featuring fashion shows, food samples, performances by dancers from Paris’ fabled Moulin Rouge nightclub, and tourism representatives to help you plan your next trip.
Village Voice 5th Annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival – $55 for a three-hour general admission ticket, $65 – $85 for early admission. At the Brooklyn Exp Center on Saturday, Sept. 26th. Get tickets here.
CheersNY Brooklyn Beer Festival – Sponsored by the Brookyn Chamber of Commerce to promote local, Brooklyn-based businesses, some of the most successful of which are microbreweries. Tickets are $50 for three hour tastings, on Oct. 2-4. There also are separate $10 brunch tickets in the beer garden. Get tickets here.
Whisky Cruise aboard the Shearwater – Combine a tasting with a harbor sailing on a historic sailing ship. You’ll taste micro distilled whiskey and innovative whiskey cocktails, paired with truffles from ChocAlive. Sat., October 3, $66.50. Get tickets here.
NYC Wine & Food Festival – Food & Wine magazine’s annual event with more than 100 workshops and tastings. Not cheap, but every ticket purchase helps support the NYC Food Bank and No Kid Hungry, which helps feed low-income and at-risk New Yorkers. October 15-18. Schedule and tickets.
NYC Craft Beer Festival – More than 75 microbreweries pour more than 150 beers, ciders and meads at the Lexington Avenue Armory the weekend of Oct. 23/24. Tickets start at $45 for a three-hour tasting. Event website.