What’s Happening This Week: Crabapalooza, La Tomatina


Tuesday, August 28
Crabapalooza. From Tuesday through Saturday, September 1, Back Forty will be hosting five consecutive days of crab boils at the restaurant, which will mark the end of its popular summer crab-boil season. From the website: “For $45, we dump a mountain of spiced crabs onto newspaper wrapped tables and serve it with other hand-eaten side dishes like stone ground cornbread, corn on the cob, boiled new potatoes, and string beans. You wash it all down with pitchers of beer. Then we come back around with hand towels for the cleanup and summer fruit cobblers for dessert.”

Souper Tuesday at Amagansett Farmers Market. Every Tuesday in August, the Amagansett Farmers Market (AFM) has worked to cook up soups using ingredients from local farms owned or managed by the Peconic Land Trust. This coming Tuesday, August 28, marks the final Tuesday of the summer season. As they have done every week, Eli and the team at the AFM will be serving up fresh soup for $5 per bowl ($4 if you bring your own bowl!) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This week’s featured farm is Quail Hill, with special guests from Amber Waves Farm, Balsam Farms, and Sunset Beach Farm.

Wednesday, August 29
La Tomatina . Cadaqués will be celebrating La Tomatina, the traditional tomato-throwing festival held annually in the Spanish town of Buñol, with a special tomato-centric prix fixe menu. Available starting Wednesday, chef Guillaume Thivet’s $35-per-person, four-course menu will also include a traditional Spanish gazpacho and veal- and pork-stuffed beefsteak tomato.

Joy of Sake. The Joy of Sake is hosting a kickoff party at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya on Wednesday, as a preview to its namesake event taking place a month later on September 20. At the preview party, a selection of 40 gold and silver award-winning sakes from the 2011 U.S. National Sake Appraisal will be served. Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya will be serving a variety of sake appetizers to accompany the award-winning selections. Tickets to the event ($45) can be purchased online.

Saturday, September 1
Pig Island. The annual Pig Island event will be this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The $85 admission includes tastings of from 25 NYC chefs and 80 locally sourced hogs. There’s a free Manhattan and Brooklyn ferry ride.

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