Fall Food Events and Festivals in the New York Area

Fall Food Events and Festivals in the New York Area


UPDATED SEPT. 2017: 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 2017
Sept. 9, 11:30am-4pm
Erie Basin Park (next to IKEA), 1 Beard St., Red Hook, Brooklyn

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!

Taste Talks Brooklyn 2017 Festival
Sept. 8-10, 7-10pm
East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Taste Talks is a national series of festivals celebrating the future of taste through symposia, awards, tastings, dinners and parties. Chefs, restaurants, and cultural figures come together to bring conversation and, of course, great food.

Harvest in the Square
Sept. 14, 7pm
Union Square Park, North Plaza, 16th Street and Union Square West, Manhattan

For the 22nd 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, by CHLOE, 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.

people eating outdoors
Photo by Liz Ligon/Union Square Partnership

Proceeds to Harvest in the Park benefit Union Square Partnership, a nonprofit that suppors park beautification.


Vendy Awards
Sept. 16, 12:30-5pm
Governors Island, Colonel's Row

NYC is all about food trucks, 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 Dulcinea, Stuf'd, and Big Brother's Delicious Food. 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!

Oktoberfest in Central Park
Sept. 16, 1:30-7:30PM
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, East 72nd Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan

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. 16, no matter your heritage!

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8th Annual Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast & Carnival
Sept. 14-17, Thursday, 5-11pm; Friday, 5pm-12am; Saturday, 12pm-12am; Sunday, 12-9pm
Tappan Masonic Park Fairgrounds, 120 Western Highway, 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 four-day feast and carnival. Enjoy live entertainment, rides, games, food including pizza, pasta, Italian ices, zeppoles, and more. Just $5 for a full day of fun!

Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint
Sept. 17, 1-5pm
East River State Park, Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Brooklyn

For the eighth 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 Du's Donuts, Delaware and Hudson, The Brooklyn Star, Pies ‘N’ Thighs, and more. Along with tastings, there will be food demos by trained chefs, too.

Sept. 17, 12-11pm
Plattduetsche Park Biergarten, 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, Long Island

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.

Taste of the Village 2017
Sept. 19, 6:30pm
Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, Manhattan

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 15th year and the event is still making mouths water. Tickets support efforts to keep the park safe and clean.

NYC Honey Fest 2017
Sept. 23
Rockaway Beach Boardwalk at 106th Street, Rockaway Beach, Queens

Honey week may just “bee” the sweetest week of all in NYC. There will be honey tastings, a bee marketplace with handmade honesty prodcuts, a costume contest, honey extraction demonstration, and more.

honey for sale
Photo courtesy NYC Honey Week

Sample honey from various vendors at the NYC Honey Fest.

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Taco Takeover
Sept. 23-24, Saturday, 12:30pm and 4:30pm; Sunday, 12pm and 4pm
The Well Brooklyn, 272 Meserole St., Bushwick, Brooklyn

Enjoy unlimited tacos and alcoholic beverages, along with bobbing for churros, a nacho-eating contest, and live music by a Mariachi band. Participating restaurants include Oaxaca Taqueria, Bodega Negra, and Empanada Papa.

Chile Pepper Festival
Oct. 1, 11am-6pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights/Crown Heights

The longest-running event of its kind on the East Coast, BBG’s Chile Pepper Festival features musical performers from around the world burning up the stage—including the Battle of Santiago, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Ladama, Red Baraat, and Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino—alongside a marketplace with over 60 vendors offering a tongue-tingling array of local and exotic delicacies featuring chile peppers.

Somers Manor Wine & Food Festival
Oct. 3, 5:30-8:30pm
Somers Manor, 189 Route 100, Somers, Westchester County

To benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Somers Manor is holding their Wine & Food Festival. 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.

Sept. 17–Oct. 5, Sundays, 1-3pm
Hofbräu Bierhaus, 712 Third Ave., Midtown East, Manhattan

Kids can enjoy Oktoberfest festivities at Sunday brunch with face painting, games, coloring, live music, and more. Children younger than 10 years old also eat free. Adults can receive a free mimosa, Bloody Mary, or half-liter of beer with every brunch purchase.

The Oyster Festival
Oct. 14-15, 11am-6pm
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Oyster Bay, Long Island

You won't be saying "aww, shucks" when you attend! Venture into the Food Court where chefs prepare oyster, clam, and other seafood dishes, and don't miss the oyster eating and shucking contest. Activities include pirate shows, midway rides, and more. All proceeds benefit The Rotary Club of Oyster Bay.

Tours & Tastings at Crown Maple
Through Dec. 31: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm
Madava Farms, Crown Maple, 47 McCourt Road, Dover Plains, Dutchess County

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 five-stage 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 and $5 for children 12 and younger.

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