NYC Food Events for the Weekend (and Beyond): The Labor Day Edition


[Joshua Bousel]

Kegs and Cluckers: Labor Day Chicken BBQ and Camp Out
Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, 5 p.m. to 12 p.m. Barbecue by Tom Mylan, Brooklyn Brewery's finest, and pies baked by Sweet Deliverance? I'm already there. Cap it off with a game of capture the flag (tag is also a possibility), live music, and a DJ, and you're in for a fantastic night at the Queens County Farm. There'll be a hearty breakfast the morning after—Bloody Marys included, of course. Bring the whole family for a special Labor Day weekend. $80/person. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway; map); event website

Roebling Tea Room Wine Dinner
Thursday, September 3, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. This special tasting dinner will have Alan Rochard of the Loup Blanc winery pouring three of his wines. "The dominant varietals at Loup Blanc are Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, with some Alicante and Tempranillo thrown into the mix for fun." Rochard will also speak about his traditional methods of production and organic viticulture. Apparently, he "enjoys drinking wine as much as making it," so that's an automatic recipe for fun on a Thursday. Don't forget the food, as Chef Dennis Spina will pair autumnal dishes with each of the tastings and is sure to include some great local lamb. $70/person. Robeling Tea Room, 143 Roebling Street Brooklyn; (map); event website

Michael Harlan Turkell at the James Beard House
September-October Freelance photographer and photo editor of Edible Brooklyn Michael Harlan Turkell has a new exhibition at the James Beard House's Greenhouse Gallery. "Back of the House" captures the inside world of professional kitchens and the lives of chefs within this narrow sphere. Free admission. James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street; map); event website

Great World Beer Fest AKA Brewtopia
Friday-Sunday, September 4-6 There are hundreds of brews to try at this annual festival that's now a full three days of delicious sampling. Expect locals like Brooklyn Brewery as well as some internationals like Moritz (Spain). Soak up the excess liquid (unlimited samples) with grub from Tuck Shop and Phil's Philly Steak Sandwiches. $60/person. Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street; map); event website

Slow Food USA Eat-In
Monday, September 7 Participate in the nationwide campaign to eat in and raise awareness about the Child Nutrition Act and support funding for school lunch programs. Host or participant, either way it's a win! Various locations; event website

WLIW21 Autumn Gourmet Classic
Wednesday, September 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This promises to be a blowout event with food demonstrations, wine tasting, and chefs galore. Benefiting non-profit public television station WLIW21, Lidia Bastianich, Jacques Pépin, and John Barricelli are just a few of the top names in food and wine that will be making an appearance. Food tastings will include of Little Italy, the French Culinary Institute, New York City restaurants Industria Argentina and Paladar, Barricelli’s SoNo Baking Company & Café of South Norwalk, CoolFish Grille & Wine Bar of Syosset, and Stone Creek Inn of the Hamptons. $250/person, $450/couple. Ticket includes choice of cookbook by Lidia Bastianich or Jacques Pépin. Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street; map); event website

After the jump, the street fairs and events down the line.

Street Fairs

Friday, September 4 Fulton Street Follies: Fulton Street b/n Gold and Water Streets; 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, September 5 52nd Street Fall Festival: 52nd Street b/n Lexington and Seventh Avenues; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Fourth Avenue Festival: Fourth Avenue b/n 8th and 14th Streets; 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Greenpoint Avenue Festival: Greenpoint Avenue b/n Queens Boulevard and 44th Street; 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sunday, September 6 Broadway Festival: Broadway b/n 8th and 14th Streets; 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

The 25th Annual Brazilian Day Festival: Sixth Avenue b/n 42nd and 56th Streets, 46th Street b/n Madison and Seventh Avenues; 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Washington Heights BID Children’s Festival: St. Nicholas Avenue b/n 181st and 187th Streets; 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Monday, September 7 M.E.C.A. Family Festival: Lexington Avenue b/n 34th and 42nd Streets; 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

30th Avenue Astoria Festival: 30th Avenue b/n 29th and 41st Streets; 11 a.m.–6 p.m.