This Weekend's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

Gluten-free empanadas, anyone?
Gluten-free empanadas, anyone?

Will a new month bring better weather to the New York area? Possibly. While you ponder this uncertainty, here are five sure things taking place this weekend.

Kids Food Festival, Bryant Park, 42nd Street at Sixth Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

Mixing food and education, this event focuses on healthy eating habits for young whippersnappers and includes a variety of cooking demonstrations from the likes of chefs Bill Telepan and Joey Campanaro. Demonstrations include decorating cakes and learning how to make banana-and-peanut-butter quesadillas. The two-day fest also includes a scavenger hunt, food samples, and live entertainment. The event is free to attend, though tickets are $25 for all cooking demonstrations; check out the full lineup on the event website.

Third Annual "A Wing and a Prayer" Chicken Wing Cook Off, Hoboken Elks Club, 1005 Washington Street, Hoboken, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Unlimited wings, wine, and beer are reason to brave the PATH and head out to this festive Hoboken party. Spicy, sour, and every flavor combination you'd consider dipping chicken in will be available until 9:30 p.m.; tickets are $40 and include all the food you can eat.

2015 NYC Beer Week Closing Beer & Brass Brunch, Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, noon

Looking for a lively brunch option to entertain anyone crazy enough to visit New York this time of year? Try a buffet plate of fried chicken, pancakes, and other brunch fare courtesy of Blue Ribbon while enjoying a pint of New York craft brew. A brass band will perform from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and guests can work off their meal on the lanes afterwards. Reservations are $40 and include one beer of choice.

Superf*ckingyawn! Launch, Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, noon

For the launch party for Threes Brewing's Superf*ckingyawn, an IPA whose title is just barely printable, the Meat Hook crew is roasting up a lamb, and a live bluegrass band will regale the crowd. Reservations are $50 if you want a food and beverage deal, though admission to the event is free.

Levine's General Store Gluten-Free EatUP! First Anniversary Celebration, Freddy's Bar, 627 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, 1 p.m.

If your gluten-free cupboard is bare these days, it makes sense to stock up at this pop-up market, which offers a large selection of locally made gluten-free items. Shoppers can meet the makers, sample, and purchase everything from Italian pasta to decadent baked goods. There's also $5 American Pale Ale and a tasting from Glutenberg Beer, plus the chance to mingle with fellow gluten-free folk.




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