Here’s a look at the best food and drink events NYC has to offer this spring. From craft beer and coffee and tea to bacon and healthy vegetarian food alike, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Although spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20th, I’ve included events occurring in the weeks leading up to it as well. Get a head start on buying tickets because many of them sell out quickly.
NYC Beer Week
2/19 – 2/28, various times
This 10-day, 400-event spectacle is hosted by the New York City Brewers Guild and the New York State Brewers Association. The 8th annual NYC Beer Week kicked off on February 19 aboard Empire Cruises’ Nautical Empress and features 30 local breweries pouring unlimited beers. You can buy tickets to NYC Beer Week’s various beer-filled events via Eventbrite.
3/4 – 3/5, various times
Choose among 250 wines from all over the world for a night of tastings, crash courses, and interactive booths. Track your favorite wines using the event’s custom app, which can show you where to buy them as well. Purchase your tickets through the Wine Riot Website.
3/1, 12 – 10pm
Enjoy premium Irish whiskey at 8 different venues in downtown New York City while raising money for charity. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Free Arts NYC, an organization that provides underserved children and families in NYC with education and mentoring programs in the arts. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.
3/11, 6 – 10pm
$70 (General Admission) – $99 (VIP)
The Village Voice’s 9th Annual Choice Eats tasting event will feature dishes from more than 50 restaurants from all five boroughs. Sample dishes from some of the best restaurants reviewed by The Village Voice, and enjoy cuisines from all over the world. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketfly.
Coffee & Tea Festival NYC
3/19 – 3/20, various times
$7.57 (2 hour pass) – $35 (VIP)
Sample coffees and teas from more than 60 exhibitors who have traveled from all over the world to introduce you to their award-winning products. Industry pros will guide you through pairings, tastings, and more. The Saturday “Rush Hour” ticket will give you two hours of full access to the event for less than $8, and VIP tickets grant you early access along with an exclusive gift bag. Tickets will be available at the door, but you can get yours online ahead of time to make sure you get in.
NYC Craft Beer Festival
3/25 – 3/26, various times
$55 – $75
Nearly 75 brewers, from the established to the up-and-coming, will showcase 2 of their finest offerings, usually Limited Releases or Seasonal selections. Beer enthusiasts of all knowledge levels are encouraged to attend, as interactive seminars and Q&As will ensure that everyone leaves knowing more than when they arrived. Your ticket will include unlimited 2oz tastings, a complimentary tasting glass, and access to the Craft Concierge Center. You can get your ticket through the NYC Craft Beer Festival website.
NYC Craft Distillers Festival
4/2, 12 – 10pm
$95 – $165
Sample over 60 craft spirits to the sound of a 1920s-style jazz band during this one-of-a-kind speakeasy experience. Take a trip back to prohibition-era New York while 20 craft distilleries serve tastings of their finest offerings. This event is known to sell out, so get your tickets while they’re still available!
Bacon and Beer Classic
4/22 – 4/23, various times
$69 – $129
This event is hosted inside baseball parks and stadiums across the country. Attendees enjoy hundreds of craft brew samples and bacon-inspired snacks from local restaurants, Tickets range from $69 – $129, depending on how long you wish to stay and whether you want the VIP experience.
NYC Hot Sauce Expo
4/23 – 4/24, 10am – 6pm
$10 – $100
The 4th annual heat-seeking fest will showcase the best artisan hot sauce makers from around the world. Meet the sauce makers, enjoy hot sauce tastings, and celebrate all things spicy. Events include competitive eating, a Margarita Mix-Down, and a Hot Sauce Hall of Fame induction ceremony. General admission tickets will be available at the door, but you should purchase tickets ahead of time if you want VIP access or the Beer & BBQ Lunchbox, which includes 5 drink tickets, a BBQ sandwich platter, and a complimentary bottle of hot sauce.
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
5/7 – 5/8, 11am – 6pm
$30 – $60
This event brings together foodies, vegetarians, vegans, and locavores for a day of lectures, cooking demos, showcases, and more. Celebrate vegetarian cuisine and cruelty-free living and pariticpate in some local, eco-friendly fun. Tickets will go on sale closer to the event, so sign up for the email list or check the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival website as the event approaches.
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
5/14 – 5/15, 12 – 5pm
Free to the public
This annual free festival offers a global array of food and beverages available for purchase. An entire city block of children’s rides, games, and attractions make this event the perfect place for an afternoon of family fun.
Pour the Core
6/11, 12 – 8:30pm
$45 in advance / $65 at the door
Sample more than 75 styles of hard apple cider from over 40 different cider makers while enjoying food from NYC’s favorite food trucks. Seminars on cider making and tasting are included in your ticket price, and the event will help raise funds for KiDS NEED MoRE, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and young adults coping with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Tickets are expected to sell out, so grab yours sooner rather than later.
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
6/11 – 6/12
Free to enter
Each year, the most talented pitmasters in the country bring New York barbecue enthusiasts together for a celebration of barbecue craftsmanship. Sample barbecue from award-winning pitmasters who hail from the ‘cue capitals of Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and more. The Block Party is free to enter, but the $275 BigPiggin’ Pass comes with the opportunity to meet the pitmasters and enjoy curated samples from the comfort of the VIP lounge.
Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, & Empanadas Festival
Date and time TBA
Free to the public
The Lower East Side’s signature festival celebrates Jewish, Chinese, and as of last year, Puerto Rican culture. Enjoy Chinese opera performances, Puerto Rican mask-making, Yiddish lessons, and of course, egg rolls, egg creams, and empanadas. This unique cross-cultural celebration is free to the public, and this year’s date will be announced soon via the website.