NYC Winter Events: Food & Drink Edition

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s hard to imagine going hungry any time soon. However, this winter is stacked with wine and beer festivals, mystery dining events, cook-offs, and more. Here’s a roundup of NYC food and drink events happening this winter:


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CAMAJE Dinners in the Dark
12/1 – 12/29, various times

This bistro in the West Village invites guests to blindfold themselves in order to heighten their other senses for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The menu is kept secret until the end of the meal, so diners must guess which food and wine are in front of them. Purchase tickets in advance through CAMAJE’s website.

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Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show
12/4 – 1/16, 7 – 10pm
$35 (non-member) / $25 (member)

Sip a complimentary cocktail at an after-dark viewing of the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, where you’ll enjoy ice sculpture carving demonstrations, live jazz, and performances by Cirque de Light. These nights tend to sell out, so get your ticket in advance through the NYBG website.


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The Great Northeast Cheese Fest
12/5, 6 – 9pm
$60 (non-member) / $48 (member)

Gather with fellow cheese enthusiasts at Flushing Town Hall to sample the region’s finest artisanal cheeses and beverage pairings. The general admission ticket entitles guests to unlimited tasting of all cheese, beer, wine, cider, and desserts. Tickets are available via Eventbrite; a select number of VIP passes are available for $150 as well.

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7th Annual Latke Festival
12/7, 6:30 – 9pm
$65 (general admission) / $100 (VIP)

Enjoy latke creations from NYC restaurants including Veselka, Jimmy’s No 43, Ichabod’s and more. Proceeds will benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit that inspires children and their families to establish healthy eating habits through hands-on experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. You can purchase tickets (or make a donation directly to The Sylvia Center) here.


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Brooklyn Cookie Takedown
12/12 – 12/15, 12 – 2pm

Help Royal Palms in Brooklyn decide who makes the best cookies in Brooklyn by sampling all the cookies you can eat – or email to throw your hat in the ring. You can buy tickets for Day 1 here and tickets for Day 2 here.

Jazz Age Tea Dance
12/13, 3 – 7pm
$50 – $80

Modeled after the British colonial tradition of the afternoon tea dance, this event will feature a spread of exotic teas and complimentary dance lessons. A full bar and gourmet food carts will also be available. Early bird tickets are sold out, but Tier 2 tickets are available for $65. Once those sell out, admission will be $80.


Eighth Annual Cassoulet Cookoff
1/10, 12 – 3pm

Jimmy’s No 43 offers amateur and professional chefs the chance to show off their cassoulet dishes, and ticket holders get to decide on a winner. (For those who don’t know, a cassoulet is a slow-cooked dish made with meat and beans.) Your $30 ticket allows you to sample 10+ cassoulets and comes with a complimentary beer, wine, or cider. Tickets are available online now.

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East Ville Des Foiles
1/16, 1:30 – 5:30pm
$50 (GA) / $60 (VIP)

Sample 4 floors of beers and whiskeys at this Prohibition-style tasting event, featuring burlesque and trapeze performers, swing jazz bands, and circus performers. The event will take place at Webster Hall, which was a hot spot during the Prohibition era for the likes of Al Capone. Tickets go on sale December 5th.

NYC Restaurant Week
1/18 – 2/5
$25 lunch / $38 dinner

Every summer and winter, more than 300 of NYC’s top restaurants participate in NYC Restaurant Week, offering three-course meals for $25 (lunch) and $35 (dinner). The 2016 winter session will run from January 18 through February 5 – check the website as the week approaches for a full list of participating restaurants and information on how to make a reservation.

Pinot Days New York
1/23, 1 – 4pm (public tasting)
$75 (Grand Festival) / $120 (VIP tasting and seminar)

Pinot producers from California, Oregon, and New Zealand will show off their finest wines for 1,000 attendees at City Winery. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

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New Porc City
1/24, 5 – 8pm
$130.95 (general admission) / $208 (VIP)

Five chefs will cook over 38 dishes prepared from locally-raised, heritage breed pigs. Sample dishes inspired by Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai, and Japanese cooking, and talk with the chefs to find out more about the food they’ve prepared. The $130.95 general admission ticket is all-inclusive, and VIP tickets will allow for early access. Tickets are available online now.

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
1/30, 12 – 9:30pm (3 sessions)
$99 – $199

This Southern-fried festival celebrates beer, bourbon, barbecue, and bluegrass. Each session will feature all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon, seminars, whole-hog pulled pork, and a bacon eating contest. The $199 Session 3 ticket is good for the whole day; $109 gets you in for the 12-4pm session and $99 gets you entry for 5:30 – 9:30pm. Tickets are available via


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NYC Winter Wine Festival
2/6, 3 – 6pm and 8 – 11pm
$62.50 (early bird general admission) / $199 (VIP)

Enjoy 3 hours of tasting over 250 wines at Times Square’s PlayStation Theater while listening to live jazz and snacking on hors d’oeuvres and artisanal treats. Early bird tickets are available for the 3pm and 8pm sessions.

NYC Beer Week
2/19 – 2/28, various times
Prices vary

The NYC Brewers Guild will bring together over 100 bars, restaurants, and grocers for 10 days of tastings, beer pairings, historical tours, lectures, and special events. Check the NYCBG website in the coming months for a list of events and participating venues.

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NYC Brewer’s Choice
$60 (early bird)

Sample 40+ beers from local craft brewers, paired with food from local vendors and some live music. Early bird tickets are available for $60; more general admission tickets will become available closer to the event.

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