Home Bartending Basics
Friday, June 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of spirits and basic bartending in this beginner's course. Soon enough, you'll be ready to start your own speakeasy. Tickets $95/person. Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street at 4th Street (map); event website
The Edible Garden
Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The New York Botanical Garden's new "Edible Garden" exhibit starts this Saturday with panels, book signings, and demonstrations from the likes of Dan Barber, Peter Hoffman, and Martha Stewart. Free for members, non-members pay $20/person for general admission, premium-access tickets $35/person. New York Botanical Garden, 200th Street at Kazimiroff Boulevard (map); event website
'What's on Your Plate' Screening and Live Music
Saturday, June 27, 6 p.m. (doors open) Enjoy an outdoor screening at Fort Greene Park of What's on Your Plate, a documentary in the same genre as The Omnivore's Dilemma book. Part of the BAMcinemaFEST, it's a family film through the perspectives of its two young female narrators. Live music starts at 6 p.m. An introduction by the filmmakers will precede the screening. Free admission. Fort Greene Park (map); event website
Stinky Bklyn Stink-Fest
Sunday, June 28, 11 a.m. Part of the Smith Street Fair, Stinky Bklyn will serve cheese, panini, wine, and beer alongside neighboring restaurants. Don't miss the cheese eating competition at 2 p.m. Sign up now as only 30 competitors are allowed. Free admission. Stinky Bklyn, Smith Street b/n DeGraw and Douglass Street, Cobble Hill Brooklyn (map); event website
UnFancy Food Show 2009: The UnFancy Way or the Highway
Sunday, June 28, 12 to 6 p.m. Whether you're in the mood for cheese, chocolate, or some quality meat, stop by the UnFancy Food Show to indulge your artisanal craving. (This is, of course, a response to the much bigger Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center, also taking place this weekend.) Expect to see purveyors like Marlow and Sons, Salvatore Brooklyn Ricotta, the Mast Brothers, and more! Tickets $5/person for the fair with $5 beer specials. East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn; (map); event website
After the jump, the street fairs.
Friday, June 26 Grand Central Station Festival: 43rd Street b/n Lexington and 3rd Avenues; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 27 Smith Street Festival: Smith Street b/n Bergen and Union Streets, Carroll Gardens Brooklyn; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Times Square Block Party: 46th Street b/n Broadway and 8th Avenue; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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