NYC Food & Drink Events: Fall Edition

Over the next few months, New York City will be home to many wine and food festivals, tastings, conventions, and pub crawls. As you know, the food in NYC is one of my favorite parts of living here.  I’ve rounded up a list of some of the best food and drink events coming up this Fall. Let me know if I am missing anything!

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San Gennaro
9/10 – 9/20
Little Italy, Manhattan
free to the public

The Feast of San Gennaro is a salute to the Patron Saint of Naples, but it’s more well known for its festive atmosphere, colorful parades, free musical entertainment, and wide variety of Italian food delicacies. Enjoy cannolis, zeppole, pizza, stromboli, and countless other Italian favorites.

New York Oyster Week
9/10 – 9/27
various locations
price varies by event

Each September, New York Oyster Week brings oyster enthusiasts to distinguished restaurants for themed menus, pairings, talks, and other events. Oyster Week also serves as a way to raise awareness and appreciation for the Oystermen, aquaculture, and culinary talent it takes to bring oysters from dock-to-table. A full list of events is available on the New York Oyster Week website.

Vendy Awards
9/12, 12:30 – 5pm
Governor’s Island
$100 – $145 ($60 for kids)

The 11th annual Vendy Awards will feature an intense cook-off between the most popular street food vendors in New York City, as part of a fundraiser to support the Street Vendor Project. General Admission tickets include food from 25+ vendors, a vote to determine this year’s winners, and all-you-can-drink Brooklyn Brewery beers, Santa Cristina wines, Grown Up Sodas, and more. VIP tickets allow for early entry, a liquor bar, and a Vendy tote bag filled with goodies.

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Pig Island
9/12, 11:30am – 4pm
Red Hook, Brooklyn

At the Sixth Annual Pig Island, 20+ chefs will serve up specialty pork dishes, sourced from small family-owned farms in New York state. Craft beers from Sixpoint, as well as local cider, wine, and whiskey will be available to wash down all that delicious food. Tickets are all-inclusive, which means your $85 gets you unlimited beer and pork samples along with cider, wine, and additional beverages.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint
9/13, 1 – 5pm
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$35 – $85

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is a block party style tasting event featuring samples from over 40 of North Brooklyn’s best restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries. The Bedford Package, at $35, includes 4 food samples and 2 drinks; the Roebling Package, at $55, includes 8 food samples and 4 drinks. The Kent Package, $85, includes 10 food samples, 5 drinks, and access to the VIP area. All proceeds benefit building the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Wine Riot
9/18 – 9/19
Kips Bay, Manhattan

Wine Riot allows you to taste 250 wines from around the world, all under one roof. Interactive booths and crash courses provide an educational component, and a DJ provides a soundtrack to all the fun. Wine Riot has also created a free mobile app that allows you to track the wines you’ve tasted to help you remember which ones you loved.

Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival
9/20, 12 – 6pm
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Spotlighting small to mid-sized breweries in and around NYC, the Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival will also feature some of NYC’s best local food vendors. A list of breweries is available on the festival’s website, and will be updated as more brewers sign up to attend. Tickets include unlimited beer drinking and a commemorative tasting glass.

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9/24, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Midtown, Manhattan

Tickets to WhiskyFest will allow you to taste 350 whiskies from around the world, meet distillers, master blenders, and other experts, and attend free seminars conducted by distillery managers and brand ambassadors. The $325 VIP tickets are already sold out, but General Admission tickets are still available.

New York Coffee Festival
9/25 – 9/27
Kips Bay, Manhattan
$20/day in advance; $25 at the door (group prices available)

The first-ever New York Coffee Festival will feature over 70 coffee, food, and equipment suppliers. Visitors will enjoy free tastings, interactive workshops, coffee-cocktails, live music, art, and more. More than 10,000 visitors are expected from all over the world, and the festival will raise funds for clean water and sanitation projects in coffee-producing communities.

Lower East Side Pickle Day
10/4, 12 – 5pm
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Free to attend

Join the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy for a whole host of pickle-themed activities, including a home pickling contest, pickle trivia, a pickle relay race, and so much more. This annual celebration of all things pickled draws enthusiasts from around the world for food, fashion, and, of course, pickles.

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Slice Out Hunger
West Village, Manhattan
$1 per ticket

This unique fundraiser allows you to purchase tickets for $1 each and exchange them for pizza slices, soda, a Brewla Bar, a cookie, or a raffle ticket. The VIPizza Passport, available for a $100 donation, allows you and a guest to skip to the front of the line with 10 tickets to use during the event. 100% of the proceeds from Slice Out Hunger go directly to Food Bank For New York City, which is able to produce 5 meals for every $1.

NYC Wine & Food Festival
10/15 – 10/18
Various locations
Price varies by event

The NYC Wine & Food Festival brings together world-renowned culinary icon and America’s most beloved culinary chefs for a series of 100+ educational and entertaining events to raise money for the Food Bank for New York City. To date, NYCWFF has raised $8.5 million to fight hunger through wine tastings, dinners, demos, family events, and more.

10/18, 4 – 7pm
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan

This “meat-lover’s paradise” has a simple concept: The greatest meat chefs in the world cook every part of every animal over open fires. Taste delicacies from whole hogs, lambs, and goats at this festival of live music, wine, beer, cocktails, and delicious meat.

New York City Halloween PubCrawl
10/29 – 10/31
various locations

Who says that Halloween celebrations can only last for one day? Enjoy discounts on beer and well drinks at over 100 New York bars each night until 4am. Bring friends, meet new people, and be sure to wear your costume! Tickets are available online and will likely sell out, as Halloween falls on a Saturday this year.

New York City Cider Week
11/6 – 11/15
Various locations

Through growing awareness of craft cider, Cider Week helps bring profitability to local orchards and connects cider makers from New York State to restaurants, bars, and retail shops across New York City. Cider Week serves as a central hub for tastings, dinners, classes, and more. A full list of events will become available on the Cider Week website.

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Brooklyn Crush Wine & Food Festival
11/14, 3 – 6pm or 8 – 11pm
Industry City, Brooklyn
$65 (early bird tickets)

The Brooklyn Crush Wine & Food Festival will turn Industry City into an East Coast Napa Valley, allowing attendees to sample over 200 wines, complemented by artisanal food and hors d’oeuvres sourced from Brooklyn. Attendees will enjoy a live jazz performance and receive a complimentary wine glass.

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