There are all manner of fun food events taking place in New York on a daily basis — from lavish, charity-driven galas to crowded, walk-around tastings and an endless array of pop-ups. But unless you have the time and money to party seven days a week, you’ll have to be somewhat discerning about what goes into your calendar. So here are just a few, worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now!
Vendy Awards (9/12): Taking place on Governor’s Island for the tenth year, this annual celebration honors the top food carts and vendors in the business, handing out awards for Best Street Drink (including Coco & Co and Renegade Lemonade), Best Desserts (Squish Marshmallows, Booqoo Beignets), Best of Market (Home Frite, Your Panadas), Rookie of the Year (Shuka Truck, Coney Shack), and of course, the coveted Vendy Cup, featuring Biryani House, Hard Times Sundaes, Guandong Cheong Fun, Snowday, and the Souvlaki Lady as 2015’s finalists.
Pig Island (9/12): Sponsored by Food Karma Projects, this all-you-can-eat event in Red Hook features over 20 chefs serving up specialty pork dishes, made from meat sourced locally from Flying Pigs Farms. All proceeds from each $85 ticket goes directly to support New York farmers, and include tastes of Laotian-style whole pig with ginger-grapefruit foam from Arrogant Swine, braised bacon sandwiches with salsa verde from Egg, and Filipino-style “lechon” pig from Tito King’s Kitchen.
Taste Talks (9/11-13): Back in Brooklyn for its third year (not to mention Chicago this October), this three-day event brings together top innovators and tastemakers in the food industry beyond, for illuminating panel discussions (i.e., “Remaining Relevant” with Marco Canora and Dominique Ansel), exciting workshops (featuring a photographer and stylist, sharing tips on how to take great food photos), and don’t-miss dinners, such as a Dessert Party dj’d by QuestLove, a Chicken & Waffles Brunch, an Oyster Feast, and an All-Star BBQ, with grills manned by Alex Stupak, Justin Smillie, Hugue Dufour and more!
Harvest in the Square (9/17): Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, this local food and wine tasting event supports efforts to maintain and beautify Union Square Park. For $125, patrons will enjoy samples from 40 area restaurants, including The Fourth, The Gander, Union Square Café, Barbounia, Blue Water Grill, All’onda, Junoon, and many more.
Wine Riot (9/18-19): For only $65, tickets to Wine Riot will grant you an all-access pass to 250 of the most exciting new wines from across the globe. Sip Orange Muscat from Quady, chemical-free vino from Dr. Loosen, cool-climate Pinot Noir from J. Lohr Vineyards, and dry Rieslings from Wagner in the Finger Lakes, while you attend 20-minute crash courses and Wine 101 sessions. Lest we forget the tattoo and Instagram stations, the photo booth, and trips to the Bubbly Bar!
The Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival (9/26): The Village Voice’s all-beer version of Choice Eats, $55 general admission tickets include plenty of entertainment, as well as samples of over 100 local suds, from Braven, Barrier Brewing, Allagash, Fire Island Brew Co., Kelso, Other Half, SingleCut and Sixpoint.