For those hungry for food and fun, check out these fantastic food festivals and edible events going on this fall in the New York area. Mix and mingle while munching on local and international specialties.
Pig Island 2016
Sept. 10, 11:30am – 4pm
Erie Basin Park (next to IKEA), 1 Beard St., Brooklyn, NY
If you’re a pork lover, Pig Island is the place to be on Sept. 10. Enjoy the outdoor cooking event which features food made from hogs sourced from small farms. More than 25 chefs will create signature dishes like crispy pig ear lettuce wraps, bacon banana bread with caramelized bacon, wood smoked pork pizza, and more. Adults can enjoy craft beers and wine, ciders, and other spirits. Grab your tickets here and prepare to “pig” out!
Sept. 11, 12 – 5pm
East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Come on down to East River State Park for an outdoor BBQ feast. Chefs and celebrities will whip up their best BBQ recipes and bands will perform music as visitors chow down. If you love a hearty BBQ in the fall before the weather is too cold for outdoor dining, be sure to make the most of this all-star culinary party. Get tickets here.
Photo coutesy NYC Honey Week
NYC Honey Week
Sept. 12 – 18
Honey week may just “bee” the sweetest week of all in NYC. There will be honey tastings, honey-themed dinners, cooking classes, kids’ workshops, educational seminars, and more. The week ends with a free daylong Honey Fest at Rockaway Boardwalk (Boardwalk 86th/8601 Shore Front Pkwy., Rockaway Beach, NY) with food, art, music, crafts, honey sales, and more. Check out the week-long events schedule here.
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Taste of the Village 2016
Sept. 14, 6 – 8:30pm
Washington Square Park, Manhattan, NY
Head over to Greenwich Village for a variety of delicious foods from more than 30 local food and wine creators. No need for dinner with so many tastes to nosh on. Tickets sell out quickly, so grab ‘em while they’re hot… just like the food! This is the 14th year and the event is still making mouths water. Tickets support efforts to keep the park safe and clean.
Oktoberfest in Central Park
Sept. 17, 1:30 – 7:30PM
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield – Summer Stage (enter park at E. 72nd St.), Manhattan, NY
Delight in traditional German food (and beer for the grown-ups) in the heart of NYC’s breathtaking Central Park. There will be live Polka music and other bands as well to keep the day energized with music and dancing. If you love a good German meal and a great time, this is the place to be Sept. 17th, no matter your heritage!
The 12th Annual Vendy Awards
Sept. 17, 12:30 – 5pm
Governor’s Island, NY
NYC is all about the food truck, and the offerings coming from these tiny mobile “restaurants” are better and more unique than ever before. The Vendy Awards is a competition among the food trucks in the region and celebrates food culture and small businesses. Some trucks in the running this year include Harlem Seafood Soul, Raindrop Cake, and Jerk Shack. There will be plenty to eat and drink, along with live music and other performances. Your ticket grants you “all you can eat” access to the food truck delights!
Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint
Sept. 18, 1 – 5pm
East River State Park, Brooklyn, NY
For the seventh year, this foodie event is held outdoors at East River State Park and offers culinary treats from more than 40 local vendors from area restaurants, bars, and breweries. Live music will pair well with the food from spots like Brooklyn Cupcake, Delaware and Hudson, The Brooklyn Star, Pies ‘N’ Thighs, and more. Along with tastings, there will be food demos by trained chefs too. Get tix here.
Sept. 18, 12 – 10pm
Plattduetsche Park Biergarten, 1132 Hempstead Tpk., Franklin Square, Long Island, NY
If you’re a lover of German and Austrian food, head over to Ompahfest on Long Island. Along with plenty of delicious food, adults can partake in a variety of beers from the regions. Hear live music and see entertainment from Germany and Austria right here in New York! There will also be games for the kids, raffles, vendors, and more action. A donation of $10 is suggested and appreciated.
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Photo by Liz Ligon courtesy of the Union Square Partnership
Harvest in the Square
Sept. 22, 6pm
North Plaza, Union Square Park, Manhattan, NY
For the 21st year, Harvest in the Square celebrates the foods and drinks of the Union Square region of Manhattan. Taste signature dishes from restaurants in the area including 5 Napkin Burger, Cocoa Store NYC, Rosa Mexicano, Strip House, Gramercy Tavern, Bedford Cheese Shop, BLT Prime, Breads Bakery, and more. Adults can sample wine as well. Proceeds from the event help raise funding for beautification of the park and surrounding neighborhood. Get tix here.
Tours & Tastings at Crown Maple
Through Nov. 20, 11am – 5pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Madava Farms, the Home of Crown Maple, 47 McCourt Rd., Dover Plains, NY
If your kids love their pancakes and waffles covered in rich maple syrup, then a tour and tasting at Crown Maple will be a sweet treat. Take a tour of the sugarhouse and learn about maple sap production. Enjoy a 5-state maple tasting at the end of the tour. After the tasting, have lunch at the Farmstand Café, chock full of seasonal and fresh ingredients on the menu. Bring home some delicious maple syrup to enjoy on top of your next breakfast. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
Somers Manor Wine & Food Festival
Sept. 8, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Somers Manor, 189 Route 100, Somers, NY
To benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Somers Manor is holding their first Wine & Food Festival this September. Area restaurants will feature their specialties and gift certificates to eat at the participating restaurants will be raffled off at the event. Enjoy an evening of food (and wine for mom and pop) in the lovely Somers Manor. All community members are welcome.
7th Annual Italian Feast & Carnival
Sept. 15-18, 5-11pm
German Masonic Park, 120 Western Hwy S., Tappan, Rockland County
Hosted by the Blauvelt Sons of Italy, this festival is the biggest in Rockland County with more than 30,000 people expected to attend over the 4-day feast and carnival. Enjoy live entertainment, rides, games, food including pizza, pasta, Italian ices and zeppoles,and more. Just $5 for a full day of fun!
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