Naked Cowboy Oysters. [Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Thursday (September 22)

Dining In The Dark
September 22nd - 24th, 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Guests will be lead through a 5 course meal, presented by chef April Bloomfield and Peter Cho of The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, in complete, pitch darkness. Rely on your remaining senses to guide you as you experience eating like never before. Ace Hotel New York, Liberty Hall, 20 W 29th St. NY, NY 10001; event website

International Chinese Culinary Competition
September 22nd - 23rd, beginning at 9 a.m.
This event brings 60 chefs from around the world to Times Square for a massive Chinese culinary competition. Admission is free, tasting tickets $75 on Sept. 22 and $85 on Sept. 23. Broadway between West 46th-47th St.; event website

Harvest in the Square
Thursday September 22nd, VIP entry 6:00 p.m., GA entry 7:30 p.m.
The 16th annual Harvest in the Square will include delicious food and drink provided by the local Greenmarket and over 50 great restaurants in the area. VIP tickets $400, GA tickets $150. North Plaza, Union Square Park, Union Square West and 16th Street New York, NY 10003; event website

Friday (September 23)

Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast
Friday September 23rd 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday September 24th, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., 7 p.m. - 11p.m.
Sunday September 25th, 12 p.m. - 4p.m.

Partake in a good ol' fashioned, all you can eat blue crab feast! Live entertainment and bottomless craft beer and cocktails will be part of the mix as well. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Tickets $118 for one sitting. The Tunnel at The Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue, Chelsea, NYC; event website

Wine Riot
Friday September 23rd 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday September 24th, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., 7 p.m. - 11p.m.

Try 250 different kinds of wine (with food pairings like Luke's Lobster), listen to a live DJ, and take photobooth pictures with your friends at this chilled-out wine-tasting event. Look out for the "Wine Experts" in green shirts to answer any questions you may have. Opening Night $60, Riot One $50, Riot Two $50. Skylight One Hanson, One Hanson Place Brooklyn, NY 11243; event website

Saturday (September 24)

World Yacht's Second Annual Oktoberfest on the Hudson
Saturday September 24th, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Munch on traditional German fare, such as bratwursts and pommes frites, provided by Schaller and Webber and wash it down with authentic German beer from Paulaner. Guests may partake in an optional one hour cruise that will depart Pier 81 at 2:30 p.m. GA tickets $15, with cruise $20. Pier 81, West 41st St. on the Hudson River; event website

Ninth Annual Grand Central Oyster Frenzy feat. The Naked Cowboy
Saturday September 24th, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Taste 16 different East and West coast oysters, and witness the famed Naked Cowboy slurp a few oysters named for him at 2 pm. The Long Island "Naked Cowboy Oysters" will be part of the menu throughout September. Blue Island Shellfish Farms will also be sponsoring the Professional Shucking Championships here at this event! Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Lower Level Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY; event website

2011 Vendy Awards
Saturday September 24th, 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Nominated street food vendors will duke it out here to win a Vendy Award. Eat and drink to your heart's content while showing appreciation for the vendors and fundraising for the Street Vendor Project! Tickets range from $60-$1250. Governor's Island (5 min. walk from ferry); event website

Home on the Grange: Local Food and Craft Beer Festival
Saturday September 24th, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Celebrate the fall harvest! Heritage Foods USA and Dove Chocolate Discoveries will be supplying Home on the Grange with passed hors- d'oeuvres and entrees, and various baked desserts for your tasting pleasure. Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Empire Brewery, Troegs and Sierra Nevada will provide the drinking menu. Tickets $89. Brooklyn Grange rooftop, 37-18 Northern Blvd. Queens, New York; event website

Le Grand Fooding New York 2011: Exquisite Corpse
September 23rd - 25th, at various times (9/23 events sold out)
Acclaimed chefs from across the world rotate in this 52-hour, one-time-only pop-up. $100. Honey Space, 148 11th Ave. (between 21st & 22nd) New York; event website

Sunday (September 25)

Brooklyn Beefsteak
Sunday September 25th, seatings at 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Enjoy bottomless pitchers of McSorley's ale while chowing down on heaps of delicious steaks. The band Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company (SIT&DIE) will be performing. The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215; event website

The Emperor's Banquet
Sunday September 25th, 5 p.m.
The winning chefs of the Chinese Culinary Competition will prepare a 10-course meal. Tickets $500. Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and the Hudson River; (646) 543-5418; event website

Zabar's Rosh Hashanah Cooking Demo
Sunday September 25th, first event: 2 p.m., second event: 3 p.m.
Zabar's is teaming up with Chef Tori Avey--of The Shiksa in the Kitchen--to perform a demonstration of Rosh Hashanah cooking. Samples will be available! The Mezzanine at Zabar's, 2245 Broadway at 80th Street New York, N.Y. 10024; event website

Lamb Jam Masters
Sunday September 25th, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Lamb-lovers unite as four renowned chefs will compete at City Winery to win the title of Lamb Jam Master. The event will feature tasting dishes such as Jason Santos' Poached Lamb Loin with Black Truffle, Cauliflower Espuma, Bee Pollen and Fried Garlic, accompanied by beer and wine pairings. Tickets $50. City Winery, 155 Varick St. New York, NY; 212-226-3175; event website

5th Anniversary Festival: Shrimp Tacos at Bondi Road
Sunday September 25th, 3 p.m.
Hosted by the Moo Life Group, this celebration (previously a shark roast) will now feature shrimp, to spare our endangered shark friends, as well as some free drinks. We repeat: FREE food, wine, and beer! Bondi Road, 153 Rivington Street (between Suffolk and Clinton Streets) New York, NY 10002; 212-226-3175; event website

Monday (September 26)

Oyster & Chablis Festival
Monday September 26th, 5 p.m.
Chill out on the outdoor patio and take your pick of East and West Coast raw oysters, while you sample Chablis wines from winemaker Christian Moreau. Oysters $1, complementary wine samples, glasses 2 for 1. Morrell Wine Bar & Café, 1 Rockefeller Plaza 49th St. New York, NY 10020; event website

Tuesday (September 27)

Malaysia Noodle Festival
Tuesday September 27th, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Meatpacking District will be transformed into a market in Penang to celebrate the varying noodle dishes of Malaysia. Restaurants such as Nyonya and Penang will be present and serving at the event. All food will be sold for $4 or $8. Chelsea Triangle in the Meatpacking District (14th St. and 9th Ave); event website

Meats: Cooking with Confidence
Tuesday September 27th, 6:30 p.m. - approx. 8:30 p.m.
Hone your meat-cooking skills at this class hosted by The Brooklyn Kitchen. Learn different methods of seasoning, searing, and cutting various meats from Meat Hook butcher Tom Mylan and local culinary celebrity Millicent Souris. $75. 100 Frost St. Brooklyn, NY 11211; event website

Art of Farming at Sotheby's
Tuesday September 27th, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Celebrate local heirloom vegetables and sustainable food lifestyles at this event full of delectable eats. Following a cocktail reception, Chef Dan Kluger will present to you a menu created by his associates. 10 crates of fantastic heirloom vegetables and many food-centric getaways and experiences will be auctioned off with proceeds going to different NYC food programs! Sotheby's Auction House, 1334 York Ave. at 72nd St.; event website

Wednesday (September 28)

A Taste Of Africa
Wednesday September 28th, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Panla, in association with The African Future, is hosting a night of great food, musical entertainment, and cultural appreciation. Guest will sample traditional West African dishes, such as Jollof rice and Sula, along with some fusion creations. Admission $10, Full buffet an addition $18. Some of the proceeds will benefit Somali drought victims. Taj Lounge, 48 West 21st St. between 5th & 6th Avenues; event website

Thursday (September 29)

NYC Wine and Food Festival
September 29th - October 2nd
Indulge in some amazing eats and drinks at the annual Wine and Food Festival, presented by Food And Wine Magazine and the Food Network. Some standout events include the Burger Bash and Meatball Madness... along with dozens of grand tastings, panel discussions, and other activities. Ticket prices vary. Meatpacking District, New York, NY; event website


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