With the weather consistently around 50 – 60 degrees and the sun setting around 6:00 pm, it seems that fall is in full force in New York City. Plenty of us are looking for ways to get out and enjoy this nearly-perfect season before it begins to get too cold to leave our apartments. Luckily, NYC offers a lot of food and drink events this time of year. From festivals to bar crawls to markets, here are the ones you should take advantage of this season.
Food Loves Tech
Friday, November 2nd-Saturday, November 3rd, 10am-4pm
274 6th St, Brooklyn
Located in Industry City, Brooklyn, this two-day event offers a taste of the future. Now in its third year, the expo aims to educate attendees on how technology shapes the way we eat and the things we eat. With almost 100 vendors lined up, you’ll get a chance to try new ingredients, taste sustainably grown foods, and devour simply created confections. An up-and-comer in the food scene, this is one expo you won’t want to miss!
New York Cider Week
Friday, November 2nd-Sunday, November 11th
Begun in 2010, New York Cider Week started as an opportunity to connect Hudson Valley growers with NYC restaurants, bars and vendors. Today, it’s a week-long affair with events all around the city. Some of the tastings are free, others are pay as you go, and some have a set price tag that allows you all the cider you can drink. One of the biggest events of the week is the Lower East Cider Fest on November 8th, but you can see an entire list of tastings, parties and trivia nights here.
Eat Up Tokyo 2018
Thursday, November 8th, 6-9pm
NYC Event Spaces, 4 W 43rd St, New York
A rare opportunity to experience the best cuisine of Tokyo in the heart of New York City, Eat up Tokyo is an exclusive fall food opportunity. Open to only 250 attendees, the event is free to attend. Anyone looking to try handmade sushi, dishes inspired by Tokyo landmarks or delicious sake pairings needs to RSVP by October 31st. However, RSVP-ing doesn’t guarantee entry. Those who have won the golden tickets will be notified in the following days, the rest of us can follow the fun on Instagram and hope for better luck next year.
New York City Whiskey Fest
Saturday, November 10th, 2-5pm or 6:30-9:30pm
The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue, New York
Featuring over 100 styles of Whiskey (and other spirits) this is the ultimate festival for those who love a good pour. From hard-to-find Japanese whiskeys to the best home-grown Kentucky bourbons, there’s sure to be at least one type of liquor that tickles your fancy. General admission tickets start at $60, but there’s an all you can drink limit.
Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition
Saturday, November 10th, 2-5pm or 7-10pm
The Landing (220 36th St, Industry City, Brooklyn)
If wine is more your speed, there’s another great event happening on November 10th. Thrillist has called it “one of the things you have to do in NYC,” and the wine and artisanal food festival shouldn’t be missed. Wines come from both NY state wineries and leading wineries all over the world. There will also be dozens of food vendors, and all attendees will go home with their own keepsake tasting glasses.
18th Century Tavern Night
Friday, November 16th-Saturday, November 17th, 8-11pm
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park
If you’ve ever wondered what dining was like during the 18th century, add this event to your calendar. Attendees will partake in an authentic 18th-century meal, prepared over an open hearth, using traditional recipes and served on period tableware. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. History buffs welcome!
The Brooklyn Chocolate Fest
Sunday, November 18th, 10am-5pm
Aviator Sports & Event Center, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
The ultimate food fest for those with a sweet tooth, the Brooklyn Chocolate Fest features every kind of chocolate under the sun. Attendees can sample everything from chocolate covered bacon to vegan desserts to the “best brownies in Brooklyn.” Family friendly, the festival also features the Hot Chocolate Dancers, a chocolate fountain, and an eating contest. There’s a whole host of vendors lined up, and it’s happening just in time to stock up on original holiday gifts.
Brooklyn Chili Takedown 2018
Sunday, November 18th, 5:30-7:30
Murmrr Ballroom, 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
The first takedown was in the winter of 2003, in a little Brooklyn apartment. Today, the franchise has grown immensely and there are dozens of takedowns a year. This year’s chili takedown is happening in mid-November in the heart of Brooklyn. Amateur, self-taught chefs bring their best recipes and compete for prize money and glory. Attendees get to sample the offerings and cast their own votes. New takedowns spring up all the time, so if you love this kind of event be sure to keep an eye on their website!
Union Square Holiday Market
Thursday, November 15-Monday, December 24th, 11am-8pm
Union Square Park
Holiday markets are some of the most anticipated fall and winter events in the city. While they aren’t solely food and drink, these unique shopping experiences offer dozens of locally made original food and drink options. Bring the whole family, try some tasty new treats and get a little holiday shopping done all at the same time.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Friday, November 28th-Monday, December 24th, 10am-8pm
Much like the one at Union Square, this holiday market brings together some of the best and most original dining options in the city. With 15 food vendors lined up, those who stop by can find everything from chicken and waffles, to bao, to churros. If you’re looking for a warm drink in the cooler weather, there are hot chocolate, apple cider, and hot toddy options galore.
The 10th Annual Latke Festival
Monday, December 3rd, 6-8:30pm
The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Located on the stunning plazas surrounding the Brooklyn Museum, the 10th Annual Latke Festival celebrates the best and most creative potato pancakes in the city. Tickets to the event get you unlimited latke tastings, as well as beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Last year 19 vendors brought dozens of latke variations, and while the official list of 2018 vendors has yet to be released, we’re sure it will be incredible.
Bar Car Nights
Various dates in November & December, 7-10:30pm
New York Botanical Gardens, Holiday Train Show, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
On almost a dozen nights over November and December, city residents can trek up to the Bronx for a magical drink experience. Exclusively for those 21 and up, revelers can buy a drink from one of the seasonal themed bars and then set out to explore the gardens. There are fire pits to warm up next to, ice sculpting demonstrations, plenty of live music, and much smaller crowds than normal operating hours. Parts of the event are outside, so be sure to dress warm!