This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 8/22/2014


Good beer. Thai Food. Thai Food with good beer. Here are this weekend’s top food events.

Second Avenue Beer Crawl, multiple locations, Friday through Sunday

If you’re looking for a few cold drinks for a value, think about heading over to the East Village for a weekend full of bar hopping. From Friday through Sunday, bars like Professor Thom’s and Finnerty’s are offering select $4 drafts of suds like Narragansett, Flying Dog, and Fuller’s to guests who promote the crawl using social media. Each bar will offer one special pint.

Cajun/Southern/Creole/BBQ Saturday Tutorials, Noel’s Kitchen, 410 Halsey Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 10 a.m.

Chef Robert Crawford is running a weekly cooking class catered toward the fine food of Louisiana. Guests can start the day with complimentary coffee and bagels before diving into the seafood, poultry, and vegetables that define Crawford’s cooking style. The class covers food safety lessons and cooking technique, and ends with guests being able to enjoy their handiwork. Tickets are $25.

Blues BBQ Festival, Pier 84 at Hudson River Park, Twelfth Avenue and West 44th Street, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Pitmasters from Mighty Quinn’s, Briskettown, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be smoking up meats by the river at this free event featuring an afternoon full of blues performances. Starting at 2 p.m., a variety of musicians will jam out while guests chow down on brisket, ribs, and a variety of other ‘cue staples. The event will take place rain or shine, with the last concert scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. — though you might want to arrive early to ensure the food doesn’t run out.

Revolutionary Fare, Old Stone House of Brooklyn & Washington Park, 336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Party like its 1776 at this colonial cookout featuring a roast pig, oysters, and a very old school cocktail. The event includes a pie-making contest for amateur and professional bakers, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman will be honored at the event, too. Tickets start are $45 for general admission; yours will be discounted to $25 if you plan on baking a pie.

Thaiethnic Food and Culture Festival, Espace, 635 West 42nd Street, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Get acquainted with the city’s Thai restaurants. For $45, guests can sample a variety of Thai food from over 30 eateries along, and they’ll also have access to an open beer bar. Chefs like Pichet Ong and Ngam’s Hong Thaimee will be in attendance; the event also includes traditional dances, music, and sports as part of the festivities.