Saturday, June 26, 11:00am-2:00pm This kimchi competition in Prospect Park allows participants to vote on homemade kimchi, while enjoying barbecue featuring galbi, grilled fish and more. Korean-food website Maangchi will be hosting. Attendees must register online event website.
Sunday, June 27, 12:00pm One of many events at the Fourth Annual Food Film Festival, this event gives grits lovers their day. There will be a screening of the food film classic, "It's Grits!" by Stan Woodward. After that, cooking competition pro Matt Timms will host the Grits Takedown. Enjoy over 30 different grits dishes from amateur New York City chefs. All food and drink included in ticket price. Advance tickets $35, at the door $45. Tobacco Warehouse, 35 Water Street (at New Dock Street), Dumbo, Brooklyn; event website.
Sunday, June 27, 11:00am-6:00pm This year's Smith Street Fun Day features lots of food and bands, and the 4th annual Stinky Bklyn cheese-eating contest, at 2:00pm. Thirty competitors will partake, to see who can consume the most Cantelet in two minutes. Free. Smith Street between DeGraw and Sackett Streets, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; event website.
Bacon and Beer Walk-Around Tasting
Monday, June 28, 6:30pm-9:00pm Ari Weinzweig, one of this country's most knowledgeable and respected authorities on artisan food and author of Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating and Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon, will be the guest of honor at Back Forty's bacon and beer walk-around tasting. Brooklyn Brewery brewer Christopher Basso will join Ari by pairing five of his beers with five bacon dishes. As a take-home gift, attendees can choose between a Back Forty growler filled with Brooklyn Brewery beer or a copy of Ari's book. $94. Back Forty, 190 Avenue B (at 12th Street). event website.
Bryant Park Films
Monday, June 28 (and every Monday through August) Every Monday throughout the summer, Bryant Park will host its Summer Film Festival for viewers to picnic outdoors while they watch classics on the big screen. Don't feel like packing a picnic? 'wichcraft staffers will be navigating the lawn stocked with 'wichcraft goods (sandwiches, popcorn, soft pretzels, chips, cream'wiches, and beverages) for sale. Bryant Park, 6th Avenue (between 42nd Street and 41st Street); event website.
Slow Food NYC's Spring Market Dinner
Tuesday, June 29, 7:00pm-9:00pm Slow Food NYC's latest seasonal dinner party takes place at Vesta Trattoria in Queens. Chef Michelle Vido will be using Greenmarket ingredients to make a family-style four-course prix-fixe meal, with dishes like goat-cheese crostini with Brooklyn Grange mizuna greens and radish tops. $60, with wine pairing $85. Vesta Trattoria, 21-02 30th Avenue (at 21st Street), Astoria, Queens; 718-545-5550; event website.