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10 Upcoming New York City Food Festivals to Check Out

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|by Mikey Miller |

Seasons change, but New York’s culinary prowess is constant

Arguably, one of the greatest things about New York City is that it’s one of the food capitals of the world. And naturally, there are so many restaurants and eateries in the Big Apple that it would take you decades to try every single one. That might not be an attainable goal in the slightest unless you really put your heart and soul into reaching it, but you can definitely check several establishments off your list by attending food festivals, which feature food and drinks from multiple eateries that you are sure to enjoy. We’ve rounded up a list of ten food festivals coming to the city this fall that you are going to want to check out.

Take a bite out of the Big Apple at these NYC food festivals (Photo: iStock)

Take a bite out of the Big Apple at these NYC food festivals (Photo: iStock)

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint
Brooklyn is known for its incredible and unique culture in all aspects of the word, so why not try out the culinary champs of Williamsburg and Greenpoint at TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint? This food festival will take place on Sunday, September 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the East River State Park. This will mark the festival’s tenth year, and the completely outdoor block party-style event will showcase delicacies from over 40 local restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries, including Baba’s Pierogies, Ela Taverna, Le Fond, the Meatball Shop and Tacocina. TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is produced by The Firehouse – North Brooklyn Community Center, which is currently in the process of renovating a former Brooklyn firehouse to provide a permanent home for various social justice organizations. Enjoy excellent food while supporting a worthy cause!

Harvest in the Square
As you definitely know, autumn is the season of harvests, so if you’re not able to rough and tough it in the apple fields and pumpkin patches this fall, be sure to check out New York City’s very own version of a harvest at the 24th annual Harvest in the Square, which takes over the North Plaza of Union Square Park from 6 to 9 P.M. on Thursday, September 19. Presented by the Union Square Fellowship, Harvest in the Square will provide you the opportunity to savor some of the very best fare that the Union Square neighborhood has to offer with celebrated chefs cooking up their signature dishes right in front of you. You’ll be able to test out treats from 5 Napkin Burger, Croque Monsieur, Lillie’s Victorian Establishment, Nutella Cafe, the Strip House and more.

Brooklyn Oyster Fest
There is no shortage of food festivals in Brooklyn this fall, and on Saturday, September 21, you might not be able to uncover any pearls, but you will definitely come across quite a few culinary gems at Brooklyn Oyster Fest. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., these magnificent mollusks will be all anyone is thinking about at Greenwood Park, a lively beer garden and restaurant about seven blocks from the westernmost point of Prospect Park. Featuring unlimited Greenpoint and Blue Island oysters, beer and music, there’s no better place to go if you want to spend a nice afternoon consuming the delectable aquatic creature.

Chile Pepper Festival
The temperature may be starting to cool down, but the food festivals you can attend are only heating up. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Chile Pepper Festival will take place on Saturday, September 28, from 11 p.m. to 7 p.m. A tradition lasting more than a quarter of a century, the Chile Pepper Festival pays homage to the exquisite cuisine New Orleans in an all-day pepper bacchanalia. You’ll be able to find exotic peppers from all around the world, chile-infused dishes, spicy chocolates and hot sauces. And you can complement your spicy palate by reveling in the songs of Big Easy musicians such as John “Papa” Gross. If you can’t take the heat, the Chile Pepper Festival is absolutely not the place for you – but if you can, it’s the place to be this fall.

The New York Times Food Festival
Just as the New York Times is a gargantuan newspaper, the New York Times Food Festival is way more than just your average food festival. Presented by MasterCard and occurring on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, the New York Times Food Festival is split up into three sections, to use newspaper jargon. At Bryant Park, you can find “The Park,” where you’ll experience a smorgasbord of restaurants, as you would be used to at a food festival. Chefs from several restaurants, including (but of course, not limited to) Adda Indian Canteen and Rahi, Frankies Spuntino, La Mercerie, Simon and the Whale, and Superiority Burger, will be whipping up some of their specialties. After eating these delicious selections, you can then grab some food for thought and head over to TheTimesCenter for “The Talks.” Here, you’ll catch a variety of food experts and New York Times journalists discussing all things food. Finally, the food festival features “The Nights,” an event spanning from Friday, September 27, to Friday, October 11, where a few lucky guests will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try what chefs believe to be the “perfect meal” at ten restaurants handpicked by Pete Wells, the chief restaurant critic of the New York Times.

If the New York Times Food Festival isn’t your thing, you have another opportunity that weekend to enjoy a different festival. EEEEEATSCON comes to Forest Hills Stadium in Queens during the weekend of October 5 and 6. Run by the Infatuation, a publication that aims to bring consumers all around the globe honest restaurant reviews, EEEEEATSCON markets itself as being “like a music festival where restaurants are the headliners.” And it is worth noting that the featured restaurants are some of the Infatuation’s favorites. To keep ticket prices low, EEEEEATSCON is fairly affordable, employing a pay-as-you-go policy, with only a compulsory ticket price of $30. Some of the restaurants from which you can sample include Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Tokyo Record Bar, Sanguich de Miami, Bite into Maine and Revenge BBQ.

New York Pizza Festival
October 5 and 6 really seems to be the hot weekend for New York food festivals! And if your thing is pizza, the New York Pizza Festival is the way to go. The second annual New York Pizza Festival will line Crescent Avenue in the Bronx, which parallels Arthur Avenue, the borough’s version of Little Italy. Produced by the Belmont Business Improvement District and the Pizza Academy Foundation, the festival will feature master pizzaioli, the official title for people who make pizza, from all across the United States as well as from Naples, Italy, the birthplace of the pizza. Some of the pizzerias participating in the New York Pizza festival include Brick + Wood, Forno Rosso Pizzeria Napoletana, Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria, Pizzeria Testa and Zero Otto Nove.

New York City Wine & Food Festival
You’ve probably wondered what it would be like to even taste the food crafted by your favorite celebrity chefs, and now you can! The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF), which is presented by Capital One and entering its eleventh year, will be held from Thursday, October 10, to Sunday, October 13, at various locations throughout the Big Apple. NYCWFF is unique in that 100% of its proceeds are given to two incredibly deserving hunger-related charities, the Food Bank of New York City and No Kid Hungry. NYCWFF has raised approximately $12.5 million over the course of its existence, and those involved are excited to keep that number growing. Some of the stars slated to make appearances are Valerie Bertinelli, Anne Burrell, Giada De Laurentiis, Duff Goldman, Alex Guarnaschelli, Rachael Ray, Michael Symon and Geoffrey Zakarian. You don’t want to miss this!

Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar
It would be negligent to suggest food festivals throughout the city for you to attend this fall without at least one of them being entirely dessert-based. On Sunday, October 20, from 10 A.M. to 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Bazaar NYC in the Upper West Side, you can experience the Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar, an event that will showcase artisanal desserts from all over New York. The bazaar will be taking place both indoors and outdoors, and you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth by indulging in treats such as macaroons, experimental doughnuts, uniquely flavored peanut butter cups, homemade fudge and cookies and cupcakes of all types.

Latke Festival
There’s no better way to mark the end of the fall and the impending onset of winter and the holiday season by attending the eleventh annual Latke Festival, which will be housed in the Brooklyn Museum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, December 16. Latkes are potato pancakes traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which is celebrated by eating food cooked in oil. And not only is this a giant food festival for you to enjoy, but the restaurants are competing to see who can produce the most prestigious potato pancakes. Restaurants are still being added to the roster, but some of the currently slated participants are Benchmark Restaurant, Brins Jam & Marmalade, Mama O’s Premium Kimchi, The Original Mike’s Hot Honey and Veselka East Village.

For more of the best of the city this fall, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in September 2019.

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