It’s no secret that most of my favorite pastimes involve food. Whether I’m trying new restaurants, attending food festivals, or cooking a new recipe in my kitchen or with family in Italy, I can never get enough. This winter offers a nice selection of food and drink-centric festivals around the city. Join me at any number of this season’s food-focused activities!
NYC Restaurant Week
January 23 – February 10
It’s time again for NYC’s Restaurant Week where for $29 at lunch or $42 at dinner you can enjoy a 3 course pre fixe menu at any of the participating restaurants, and this season there are 381 of them. The roster includes regulars such as TriBeCa’s Mr. Chow and Jean-George’s ABC Kitchen as well as newcomers Leuca, Andrew Carmellini’s Italian restaurant in Williamsburg and Kingsley, Roxanne Spruance’s new seasonal and local-focused French-American joint.
Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival
Industry City, Brooklyn
This newcomer to the food festival scene is boasting the best of Brooklyn’s brews as well as sampling of BK’s top chefs’ cuisines. The later entry allows guests to enjoy the tunes of some of Brooklyn’s finest DJs. Head out to Industry City to show this festival some love; it’s the Brooklyn way!
1/29, 4 – 7:30pm
Weylin – Williamsburg
$125 (General Admission) – $400 (Bespoke experience + Dinner)
This competition was created in 2008 to support family farmers while educating chefs and diners about the benefits of sourcing heritage breed pigs. Cochon555 tours the nation before culminating in NYC for the Grand Cochon. The VIP experience, at $200, comes with early access and an expanded tasting menu, while the $400 Bespoke package includes a multi-course dinner and a behind-the-scenes tour with one of the competition’s directors.
NYC Winter Wine Festival
2/4, 3:30 – 6pm & 8 – 10pm
PlayStation Theater (Times Square)
$64 (Early Bird) – $235 (VIP Suite)
Wine importers and wineries will bring their finest selections from grape growing regions in France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, California, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Japan, Austria and Germany. General admission gets you access to over 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz; VIP suites come with early access to the event and 10 exclusive high-end wine offerings.
The Art of Food
2/4, 7:30 – 10pm
Sotheby’s New York (Yorkville)
$105 (General Admission) – $185 (VIP)
Top chefs from New York establishments such as Shake Shack, The Meatball Shop, Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, and more come together and create dishes inspired by art and curated by Sotheby’s. Guests watch the dishes come to fruition and then sample the food while enjoying complimentary drinks. VIP tickets include early admission and access to the VIP bar and lounge.
2/25 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Brooklyn EXPO Center
72 Noble Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
$20 General Admission
Another Brooklyn first is this year’s first annual NYC Fermentation Festival. Whether you’re a beer, cider, or spirits lover, or you’re just curious about pickles and kimchi, this fermentation festival is great for kids and adults alike. Live music will be provided by the homebrewsicians. All proceeds benefit Just Food, a non-profit organization that works to increase access to healthy food, particularly in underserved NYC neighborhoods.
Flushing Town Hall
2/25 , 6 – 10 PM
$60 (General Admission)- $100 (VIP)
When you’re through washing down all that’s fermented at the Fermentation Festival, head over to the 2nd annual Charcuterie Masters where professional and amateur makers of charcuterie compete for the title of “best-of-the-evening” charcuterie. Guests can sample delicious cured meats paired with wine, beer, and ciders.
NYC Brewer’s Choice
3/1, 6 – 9:30pm
$80 (General Admission) – $1,000 (VIP Table for Six)
This all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink beer and food pairing event is now in its 7th year of celebrating NYC’s craft beer community. The 40+ beers being poured by local brewers will be accompanied by great food and live music. This event keeps growing with each iteration, so the venue is still TBA.
12th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival
3/18 – 3/19
Brooklyn EXPO Center (Greenpoint)
$25 (General Admission / Single Day) – $35 (VIP)
Sample the world’s finest coffees and teas from more than 60 exhibitors in the form of pairings and tastings. Attend seminars from industry pros, perfect your pourover, and enjoy sweet and savory accompaniments along with your favorite caffeinated beverages.