Now that the city has returned to normal — or at least as normal as New York can be — we’ve got a few non-sports related activities for you to consider doing in your free time. Here’s what’s happening this week.
Slow Wine US Tour, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Monday, 6 p.m.
Sample a variety of Italian wines that meet the criteria of the slow wine movement (value, high quality, environmental values) while learning more about the wine making process. This event will feature over 70 wine producers, and tickets include the 2014 Slow Wine Guide.
Candy: Evil or Just Misunderstood, NYU Food Studies, 411 Lafayette Street, 5th floor, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Is candy a food? Does it have any redeeming values? Why do humans eat 25 pounds of it per year? Samira Kawash will lead a discussion on candy’s role throughout history, including a candy corn taste-off. Additional samples will be on hand as part of the experience. Tickets start at $10.
Jazz Brewery Night, Bar Catalonia, 206 West 41st Street, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Free jazz and free beers courtesy of Long Ireland Beer Co. make this party a welcome retreat for anyone in midtown. The Riverhead New York brewery will pour its Celtic Ale while The Markham Group will light up the night with electrifying jazz sets. The event is free to attend and is scheduled to run until 8 p.m.
Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin Tasting, De Wine Spot
428 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Local gin crafter Ed Tiedge’s gives a complimentary tasting. Join other gin enthusiasts to learn how the spirit is made as well as what to look for when selecting a gin. The event will run until 9:30 p.m. and no advance registration is necessary.